Newly promoted, Newcastle United are in for a massive bulk-up this summer. As per latest news, Rafa Benitez is apparently interested in signing Burnley striker Andre Gray. The Magpies are apparently looking to bolster their firing squad upfront for a smooth Premier League campaign and Gray has been shortlisted for the very same purpose.
The English player has played a major role in Burnley’s relegation battle and earned many accolades for his performance this season in the Premier League. With only a year left on his contract, and with the player refusing to pen down a new one, the Clarets would definitely look to cash in on the player.
The 25-year old has been a long-term target of the Magpies and it seems that it will be under Benitez that he will finally make the interesting and potentially successful move.
Let us have a look at the stats of the youngster before going into further details
Andre Gray – Player Stats
- The ex- Brentford man has accumulated a total of 2268 minutes for Burnley, making a total of 32 appearances. 9 goals and 3 assists for the team this season.
- The English International has good finishing skill and his contribution up front has played a key role in Burnley’s relegation survival.
- Gray commands an astounding pass success percentage of 72 which goes to show his incredible hold-up play and ability to create chances up front.
- The Englishman also has made 20 key passes for his team which means that the youngster is not all selfish when it comes to scoring and has the vision to create chances. (whoscored)
What’ll he bring to the Club?
Newcastle already possesses the best striker in the Championship, Dwight Gayle, who has scored an impressive 20 goals this season. The addition of Gray would further bolster their artillery upfront and increase the lethality of their attacking squad.
The player also has a physical dominance which makes it difficult for defenders to dominate him in the box.
With good finishing technique, vision and strength he would a great addition to Newcastle’s firepower and with Rafa’s style of playing, we could only hope to see him get bigger and better.
Worth the Money?
At a price of around £15m, he would be a worthy addition to the Magpies. Alongside Dwight Gayle, one could only imagine the havoc that they would create in opponent’s hearts.
For a good show in the Premier League, Newcastle needs to sign a few good players to strengthen and deepen their squad and the addition of Andre Gray would certainly be a true one.
All eyes on Rafa with this one.