There is no questioning the fact that Newcastle United are seriously lacking attacking options.
The Magpies have seen their two top-scorers from last season in Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez leave the club, with only club-record signing Joelinton to show as their single replacement.
Perez and Rondon scored over 50% of the club’s goals last season, with defender Fabian Schar their third top-scorer, with only four goals.
New boss Steve Bruce is surely begging for reinforcements to his attacking ranks and must be unhappy at the club’s stance over Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen.
The Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder revealed on his personal Twitter account that the club are unwilling to meet the Championship sides reported valuation of £20million.
#nufc are refusing to pay the £20million asking price for Hull's Jarrod Bowen.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 27, 2019
Newcastle could be set to change their stance on the 22-year-old, with the Daily Star reporting on Monday that Hull are now only holding out for £15million. The Magpies should pull out all the stops to secure the wide-forward, especially after his recent reported price slash.
Bowen enjoyed his best season yet in the Championship under Nigel Adkins, scoring 22 goals and assisting a further four, as his pace and trickery caused great problems to all opposition defences.
The exciting winger, who can also be deployed as a central striker, averaged 2.5 shots per game last season and was a constant threat in front of goal [Source: WhoScored].
Another positive trait possessed by the pacey forward is his willingness to run at opposition defences to cause great problems. Bowen averaged 2.8 dribbles per 90 minutes, completed more than half of those where he beat his man (1.5).
With a reported £5million cut off his asking price by the Championship side, Newcastle must now go all out to secure his services, with under two weeks to go until the start of the Premier League.