Newcastle eyeing Taiwo Awoniyi deal


An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United and their interest in Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi… 

What’s the talk?

According to German outlet Bild, PIF are plotting a Magpies move for the Nigerian centre-forward, who is said to be worth £25m (€30m), this summer to bolster their squad.

The Toon are not the only club who are keen on a swoop for the attacker, though, as fellow Premier League sides Southampton and West Ham are also keeping tabs on him and may provide competition for his signature.

Remarkable

Bundesliga journalist Stefan Bienkowski recently dubbed the striker’s form “remarkable”, and that is exactly what the Nigerian can be for the Magpies next season.

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He has been in sublime form for Union since making the permanent switch from English giants Liverpool in last summer’s transfer window. Awoniyi has scored 12 goals in 25 appearances in the German top flight, averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.82. He has also created three ‘big chances’ for his team-mates, showing that he can also link up the play to good effect.

The 24-year-old is proving that he can score on a consistent basis at the top level, and this is why he would be a remarkable asset for the Toon next term. No Newcastle player has scored more than six Premier League goals this season and Awoniyi would be the main man at the top end of the pitch if he is able to translate his form across to England.

After all, they certainly need someone with Callum Wilson’s long-term fitness in doubt and Chris Wood struggling significantly since being signed in January.

The Kiwi has barely had a sniff of goal, bagging just once after leaving Burnley.

Earlier this year, Jay-Jay Okocha claimed that the 24-year-old “confused” defenders for Nigeria and forced them into making mistakes with his work rate. This suggests that he also puts in a shift off the ball to cause problems for the opposition when out of possession, which will delight Howe as it will allow him to deploy a pressing system to create counterattack situations.

At the age of 24, Awoniyi also has the potential to improve. He is not the finished article at this point in his career, which means that he would be arriving to help the team in the short run and the long term. His aforementioned statistics show that he can be an upgrade on what Newcastle already have, but he also has the potential to develop his game even further, and this is an exciting prospect for the fans and Howe.

PIF must now press ahead with their plans to sign the centre-forward, as he would be an excellent addition to the squad and improve the striking options at St James’ Park.

AND in other news, NUFC had an “absolute steal” with £13m “colossus” whose value has doubled in 3 months…





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