NUFC linked with 6ft 4′ striker scoring goals for fun in Spain as Toon eye Wilson understudy

Newcastle are said to be showing interest in UD Almería striker Umar Sadiq ahead of the January transfer window.

Spanish outlet Fichajes claim we have been impressed by the Nigerian’s form over the past 18 months, with the giant forward bagging 29 goals and 13 assists for the La Liga 2 side.

The 24-year-old scored 22 goals in his first year in Spain and has followed that with seven goals and six assists in Almeria’s opening 15 games this season – sending them six clear at the top and on course for promotion back to La Liga.

This comes after The Athletic revealed last week that Eddie Howe is already eager to beef up our attacking options, with it widely accepted that there’s an over reliance on Callum Wilson.

Who knows if the Sadiq links are remotely true, however it clear that another striker needs to arrive in the new year.

After all, Dwight Gayle is the only natural option to come in for Wilson should our current number nine get injured.

Not only that, Howe’s Bournemouth days saw him regularly play a 4-4-1-1 / 4-4-2 system, so the arrival of another striker could be high on his priority list.

Here’s Sadiq in action:

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One thought on “NUFC linked with 6ft 4′ striker scoring goals for fun in Spain as Toon eye Wilson understudy

  1. Personally I’d say we don’t need a back-up for Wilson – we needs either competition for him or a replacement. No disrespect intended to Wilson, but we don’t need one forward and a stand-by!
    And whoever we get, as the richest club in the world are we seriously going to be shopping in the Spanish second division? Not even La Liga, but their second division?
    I’d feel better about it if we pulled somebody from the Championship, but even then I’d have my doubts.
    Toney and Armstrong were the top scorers in last years second tier, but sitting down at the big boys table they’ve only managed 4 goals between them in 19 appearances.
    2 seasons ago in the Championship Mitro scored 26 in 40 appearances. This season he’s already got 20 goals in 17. But in the Prem last season he scored 3 in 27.
    It’s very rare that someone comes from the Championship and makes an instant impact. They’re not all Harry Kanes or Jamie Vardys, but what are the chances of somebody coming from the Spanish Second Division and making it big?
    Spanish Second Division is usually somewhere we sell our players to, not buy them from.


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