Newcastle United have been linked once more to the signing of Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis, but it seems like they’re not the only ones wanting the young Nigerian.
According to reports from Voetbalkrant, the Nigerian press are continuing to link Dennis to a move to the Premier League and Newcastle United – and previous reports suggest that he could cost a good €30m (£25.85M).
The 22-year-old burst onto the European scene earlier during the season after he shocked the Santiago Bernabeu by scoring a double to earn Brugge a point in the first round of the Champions League group stage.
Previous reports from Voetbal Belgie, HLN and FootMercato suggest that the Magpies have a fair bit of company in the pursuit for the forward. Those reports suggest that Everton, Sheffield United, Brighton, Watford, Southampton, Leicester City and Crystal Palace all have an interest in the player, which could make things difficult for Steve Bruce’s side if they are serious about signing him.
Would you sign Emmanuel Dennis?
Yes, he looks a top prospect
No, we should look elsewhere
With Joelinton failing to make an impact while leading the line this season, any big-money forward that comes in during the summer is likely to be taking his position as the spearhead of the Magpies’ attack.
The Brazillian has only scored one goal this season in the Premier League, way back in August against Spurs. Based on this, it is pretty obvious that goals are needed, but just because Dennis is wanted by lots of teams does not mean that he is the right fit.
The Brugge striker only has nine goals to his name from 33 games in all competitions, with only five coming from 20 league matches. Bearing in mind that this is the Belgian top-tier, there simply isn’t enough to suggest that he will be able to improve that tally at a much higher level in the Premier League.
Furthermore, they could find themselves in a similar situation to what they have with Joelinton. The forward plays all across the front line and isn’t necessarily a natural number 9 who will be able to play with his back to goal, as proven by the fact he has played just 15 of his 29 games as a striker this season, with the others coming on the wing.
If Newcastle are focusing on bringing in a lone striker, they should spend their money elsewhere.