The Daily Mirror is reporting that Everton are considering a loan move for Adam Johnson. Roberto Mancini, in his press conference yesterday, was asked whether there would be further signings and he said that he will be bringing in a winger and a central midfielder, so where does this leave Johnson?
With Euro 2012 on the horizon after the upcoming season, Johnson will be determined to have a strong campaign, especially after narrowly missing out on the World Cup in South Africa. Mancini’s revelations that a winger is on the shopping list may force Johnson’s hand.
If Newcastle could secure Johnson on a season long loan with an option to buy then this could solve the problem that the club is having in their quest for a striker, if Alan Pardew was committed to a system involving just one out and out striker.
At 24 years of age, Johnson falls in line with the club’s policy of buying players who have a sell on value. He also comes with proven Premiership credentials, something which may be needed if the French arrivals fail to fire immediately.
If Erding does not want to sign, Newcastle would be better off signing Johnson rather than a striker who is obviously not the player Newcastle had initially identified. Indeed, with reports that the club were going to turn to Defoe if the Erding bid failed, perhaps we have not scouted any more strikers beyond Gameiro, Gervinho and Erding.
A forward line of Ba, Ben Arfa, Barton and Johnson competing with Marveaux, Jonas, Ameobi and Best for a starting place may be the best option, rather than signing another striker. Top class strikers are hard to come by at the prices Newcastle are prepared to pay, so perhaps it is better that the club alter their strategy.
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