Newcastle would certainly welcome additional attackers. Although they recently announced the signing of Siem de Jong from Ajax, he doesn’t have a prolific record in front of goal. This leaves Newcastle with just the Dutch striker and Papiss Cisse, who disappointed last season, as established forwards.
With the departure of both Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy, they are in desperate need of additional strikers.
And Newcastle are being linked with a shock loan move for Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell. With Mathieu Debuchy on the verge of joining Arsenal, it appears The Magpies could look to strike a deal that would see Campbell move to Tyneside for the 2014/15 season according to The Daily Star.
Despite signing for Arsenal in 2011, Campbell is yet to play a game for the North London side. After he joined The Gunners from Deportivo Saprissa he was unable to gain a work permit meaning that he could not play in England.
The Gunners therefore moved to secure him first team football at other clubs on loan. He has since seen spells at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos. However, his goal scoring record at these clubs has not been impressive. The 22 year old only managed to find the net 18 times in over 80 league appearances.
Despite this, he has shown some moments of promise. Last season he scored a wonderful goal against Manchester United in a Champions League game that saw his side win 2 – 0. And his game is more than just about goals. Campbell is also a really good playmaker with a keen eye for the pass and real football intelligence.
But it’s his fledgling international career that has really seen Campbell illustrate his great potential. He already has 36 full international caps and has scored 10 goals at senior level. He was selected for his national side in the 2014 World Cup and has put in a number of fine performances, scoring against Uruguay in a 3 – 1 win and slotting away a controlled penalty in the shootout with Greece in the round of 16.
Let’s see him in action. Newcastle fans: can Campbell do the business in The Premier League?