Date: 5th July 2019 at 11:30am
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OPINION

The situation at Newcastle United is so dire and well-documented at the moment that it barely needs repeating. 

If by some miracle you have been living under a rock in some kind of blissful dream state, however, here’s a quick reminder: Rafa Benitez has gone, Mike Ashley is still public enemy number one, and just to add a cherry on top of the cake, star man Ayoze Perez has been sold to Leicester City, as reported by the BBC.

It’s hard to know where to begin with regards to detangling the mess that has sprung up on Tyneside, and while a new manager probably should be the priority, it’s also imperative that the Magpies find a suitable replacement to fill Perez’s boots.

One name that has been mentioned by the Chronicle as a potentially good fit is that of 21-year-old Ukrainian forward Viktor Tsyhankov.

The youngster currently plies his trade for boyhood club Dynamo Kiev, and hit 20 goals in 46 appearances last season.

According to the Chronicle’s report on the dazzler, he has tendency to wander inside form wide positions in a manner similar to Perez, and completed an average of 3.54 successful dribbles per 90 minutes last season.

He also managed an eye-catching 2.49 shots per match as well.

Perhaps most importantly, however, Tsyhankov is valued at less than £20 million by his club.

For a team in a position like Newcastle’s that could be a big deciding factor on any prospective target.

For less than £20 million though, you would expect them to be able to afford a move, even if they don’t get bought out by the Bin Zayed Group.