The latest European youngster that Newcastle United reportedly have their eye on according to the Sunday Sun is Manchester City striker John Guidetti. The 19-year-old Swedish international made his debut for the national team this year and has been banging in the goals in Holland this season where he’s on loan with Feyenoord, achieving a strike rate of better than a goal a game to date. With Manchester City’s embarrassment of striking riches and their apparent interest in Arsenal superstar Robin van Persie, Guidetti’s future at the Eithad looks bleak and the Magpies could be ready to pounce.
City signed John Guidetti from Brommapojkarna back in 2008 and impressed in the U18 side, before returning to Sweden and his former club on loan. Guidetti then joined Championship side Burnley on loan in 2010, but it is current temporary deal in the Eredivisie when he has really started to turn heads. In the summer the Swede almost joined Twente on a permanent deal, only for City to sign him up for another three years, but his season-long loan with Feyenoord couldn’t be going better.
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Guidetti has netted 16 times in 14 league games, with that haul including three hat-tricks. The last Feyenoord player to score a hat-trick for Feyenoord is now plying his trade in the Premier League with Liverpool: Mr Dirk Kuyt. One of only a handful of players ahead of Guidetti in the scoring charts is another player linked with Newcastle, FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong.
The 6ft 1in 19-year-old is anxious not to return to the Man City reserves in the summer and has stated: “The question is very simple. I want to play and if in Manchester they see me as the fourth or fifth choice, then I would rather go to a club where I can play.” Whether Roberto Mancini would let him leave City remains to be seen, but Guidetti would be battling with that third striking spot at Newcastle with Shola Ameobi.
Here’s a video to whet the appetite and Guidetti seems to be able to finish impressively with both feet…
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