The departure of Andy Carroll and Demba Ba has left Newcastle with a strong physical presence up front, which means the side is missing out in an area they could be very strong in.
Newcastle need to focus on securing a target man this summer, which will substantially enhance the club’s threat from set pieces such as corners and free kicks.
There are several players Newcastle could go after with the re-signing of Carroll an obvious option.
Liverpool have not exactly been willing to give him a chance since he originally made the £35 million move from Newcastle and he could be available at a much reduced price.
The only worry for some fans with bringing Carroll back is the fact that he lets his emotions get the better of him at times and some supporters will still feel bitter about the way he left the club in the first place.
Wilfried Bony is another good example of a player who could do a good job as a target man and he’s already been linked with a transfer to the North East.
The only stumbling block in that regard is the fact that he’s a high profile player at Vitesse Arnhem, possibly their best player which could cause any fee to escalate, especially as there is a lot of Premier League interest in him.
Newcastle could do a lot worse than even trying to go after Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea, who is currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion.
Lukaku is meant to be staying at West Brom for another season but he could be tempted out of that deal and up to Newcastle by the prospect of literally leading the front line in every sense.
The identity of the target man isn’t the decisive factor in this issue. The point is that Newcastle have plenty of good players on the ball, who are all able to put good deliveries into the opponent’s penalty area.
The presence of a strong and aggressive striker, other than Shola Ameobi, will allow Newcastle to also have a different tactical option.
The side is perhaps not quite good enough to be able to pass their way through teams, which means the option to get the ball into the final third quickly is very important because there are plenty of runners from midfield areas.
It’s one area of the current Newcastle side which if addressed, could mean relentless pressure over sides that Newcastle should be competing with and beating on a regular basis.
Newcastle fans, do you need a new target striker?
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