The summer transfer window is now officially underway and Newcastle United may look to delve into the market to improve their squad.
Eddie Howe has only had one month – in January – to shape his team and brought in the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier.
He also signed Matt Targett on loan from Aston Villa and the Englishman has become the first signing of this window in a permanent deal this week.
PIF will now turn their attention to other parts of the XI and one position that is reportedly being looked at is the centre-forward role.
Eddie Howe’s own Dusan Vlahovic
PIF can land Howe his own version of the prolific Juventus machine by securing a deal for the Nigerian international this summer.
FBRef names Vlahovic as one of the players most similar to the 23-year-old in Europe’s top five leagues over the past 365 days and it is easy to see why when you look at the statistics above.
Osimhen averaged a goal contribution every 1.43 starts in the league in comparison to the Juventus man’s goal or assist every 1.22 starts. This shows that they performed to a similar level in terms of their contributions in the final third.
The Napoli man – at the age of 23 – also has the potential to improve and hone his skills over time. His former boss Andries Jonker previously tipped him for big things, saying: “He has great potential in him. He is ambitious, quick and highly unpredictable, he will be a star in the future if he maintains his focus.”
This means that he would be an investment for the Magpies, just like Vlahovic – 22 – will be for Juventus, as he may be able to increase his value over time by improving on the pitch.
PIF must now secure a deal for the Serie A predator so that Howe can have his own version of the Juventus goal machine at St. James’ Park next term.
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