Yesterday, the news broke that Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion were close to doing a deal that would see Dwight Gayle join the Baggies with Salomon Rondon moving to St James Park.
The news was covered by ourselves: Click Here.
However, the mechanics of the deal indicate that it will only see the strikers stay at their respective new clubs for the one season, with both moves being loan deals.
At the time here at Vital Newcastle United, we thought it was a strange kind of deal.
However, delving through the social network sites, it appears one poster has made perfect sense of it:
Doesn’t Rondon only have a year left so can loan him for a year and sign for nowt? If Gayle scores 30 goals, which he should, his value stays high/increases and they sell him in a yr. There’s sense to it (admittedly it’s rare and costly as £16.5m would have secured him in June).
— chris (@chrisfalconer) August 4, 2018
But, the general feeling on the social network sites is that Newcastle don’t appear to be effectively equipped as far as strikers are concerned when it comes to the new season:
There’s penny-pinching and then there’s needing an extra striker, identifying one available at a reasonable price, and concocting some bizarre loan swap that involves losing your current best option in exchange.
I’m not sure NUFC have ever not started a season a forward light.
— Ben Spratt (@bensprattjourn) August 4, 2018
@NUFCThreatLevel Remy probably last time we had somebody of genuine quality, 5 years ago and he wasn’t even ours
— JustCallMeBruce (@jscallmebruce) August 4, 2018
Do you share those concerns?
Or are you confident that the club can compete when it comes to the strikers currently on our books?
Please feel free to air your views in the comments facility beneath this article.
But, one last point, for those who might feel Newcastle have got the better of the deal that sees Rondon arriving and Gayle leaving, you might want to delve into the statistics and see which of the two scored the most goals last season, the result might surprise you!