There’s nothing quite like leaving things till the last minute, but that’s what Newcastle have done in this transfer window. Having still not spent a penny of the £35 million recouped from Andy Carroll on a striker, Newcastle have made a last ditch bid to pip Fulham to the signing of Bryan Ruiz. However, is the FC Twente forward the number nine that the Magpies have been craving for, or is the Costa Rican another winger to add to the ranks?
Why Newcastle have left it this late God only knows; Alan Pardew must have been tearing his hair out like the rest of us. However, at least Newcastle have made a substantial bid for a forward, but what do we know of Bryan Ruiz? The 26-year-old stands at 6ft 2in and plays in the Dutch Eredivisie for FC Twente. Currently wearing the number 10 shirt in Holland, is Ruiz capable of making the step up to the number nine?
He definitely wouldn’t be your classic number nine, but Ruiz has scored 36 league goals in 61 appearances during his two years in Holland. Previous spells at Alajuelense and Gent didn’t represent such a good return for Ruiz, achieving between a 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 strike rate. As far as his international record is concerned, he’s scored just 9 times in his 43 caps for Costa Rica – not exactly prolific.
For those of you who are interested, Ruiz was known as La Escoba or the broom in his early career due his height and long, scraggly hair. Ruiz’s agent Walter Mortelmans has said: “Nothing is settled yet. We will make a decision later on tonight.” So will Ruiz join Fulham or is he on his way to Newcastle? More importantly, would he be a good signing? To be honest, I’d accept anyone right now, apart from Liam Ridgewell, who Newcastle are also being linked with…
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