NUFC official spotted watching 6ft 4′ talent – “There’s not a striker like him in the Championship”

A recent piece from Lee Ryder caught my eye over the last couple of days, revealing a promising Championship striker Newcastle were spotted watching last weekend.

In this latest transfer link, it appears we may be interested in Luton’s giant young 6’ 4” striker Elijah Adebayo; a player who has bagged 10 goals in a struggling side this season.

Although he may be one for the future, it is great to see the club looking at talent like this. Remember this is one of the things Wor Mandy said when they took over.

That it was not just going to be about bringing in top players for the first-team but building the whole structure from top to bottom and back up again. This would be a great example of showing that intention.

Adebayo’s current manager, Nathan Jones, says he’s one of the best in the division and it would take substantial money to prise him away. I offer up a cautionary opinion on the first part of that statement and a hopeful one on the second, especially when he’s out of contract at the end of the season and therefore at risk of leaving on a free next summer.

Jones said this about the striker in a recent interview:

“If anyone is interested in Elijah they need to have one hell of a cheque book because he’s scoring goals at a wonderful Championship club and young, goalscoring target men of his size, stature, pace, power, learning capacity, they don’t come cheap. Pound for pound there’s not a striker like him in the Championship.”

There are many, many examples of forwards crashing in goals left, right and centre in the Championship but when they come up to the Premier they can’t maintain that. Yes, there are also examples of others who can but I’d hazard a bet that there are more that don’t.

As for the fee? Transfermarkt currently rates him at £1.8m. Double that and add a bit more, coming up with say £5m, could a club like Luton afford to turn that down when he’s almost out of contract? Plus in our new financial status, £5m would appear to be a flutter worth taking.

Yes, 98% of all transfer links are false dawns and come to very little in the end. But I for one wouldn’t be opposed to having a closer look. I mean, we could buy him and loan him back even. One thing is for sure it’s just as refreshing to see NUFC looking at this market as it is at the bigger, wider global one.

2 thoughts on “NUFC official spotted watching 6ft 4′ talent – “There’s not a striker like him in the Championship”

  1. First of all let me say I agree with you 100% that a Championship scorer doesn’t necessarily make it in the Prem.
    While everyone wants to see our club with solid foundations I would have thought that we are past the stage where we get all gooey looking at Championship strikers.
    Ivan Toney got 31 goals last season the Championship and has scored only 4 so far in the Prem.
    Adam Armstrong – 28 and has scored 2 twice.
    Dwight Gayle got 23 in each of two seasons in the second tier and has 11 in 76 games in the Prem.
    The king of inconsistency is our old boy Mitro. 26, three. 22. I’ll leave you to guess which of those three numbers was achieved in the top flight.

    During this crucial transfer window we have two options. We can either buy big, bringing in proven Premier League players and at least have a fighting chance of staying up, or we can look at the myriad unknowns that we have been linked with and essentially not have a snowball’s.

    Yes – we need to build from the bottom up but January is not the time to be doing that.
    Two fit, proven central defenders, a defensive midfielder and a striker who will make Wilson fear for his place, all signed January first, playing against Southampton on the second.


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