Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rafa Must Be Careful What He Wishes for; Magpies Have to Upgrade If They Sell Forwards

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rafa Must Be Careful What He Wishes for; Magpies Have to Upgrade If They Sell Forwards

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Byline: JOHNGIBSON

RAFA Benitez is prepared to sacrifice Aleksandar Mitrovic and Adam Armstrong in the interests of building Newcastle United's firepower. A case could also be made for taking coin if Dwight Gayle and Joselu are wanted by others.

That shows how fragile United are in the finishing department - but also sends out a warning.

The cupboard would be bare if all went - and all could on personal assessment.

Benitez has to be careful on each individual because of who he can or cannot get in terms of replacement.

Of course there are better strikers out there but they cost a pretty penny and Mike Ashley does not like spending too much.

Consider the Newcastle two on offer - Mitro has scored goals for both Fulham and Serbia.

His stock is currently mountain high.

Armstrong, in contrast, is a Geordie with pride in his club who has excelled at all England age levels and is still ridiculously young, which means he can continue to improve. A case to keep both as back-up? Or should Benitez rely on his expert eye regardless and cash in? Then there is Gayle, who has been rumoured to be available ever since the Mags gained promotion to the Premier League.

If the argument is Gayle can score a pile of goals in the Championship but is not a Premier League United have sure that sign players than Armstrong letting John striker, then the same rule of thumb can be applied to Mitrovic in response to his goal plundering in west London. Joselu is different. While clubs would want the other three with encouragement, the Spaniard has not exactly got them knocking on the door.

Let me make it plain - I believe United desperately need to sign two strikers and I agree not one of their current four is the answer when it comes to starting matches in August.

Benitez knows that, which is why he is open to offers. …

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