After seeing their big-money striker from last season fail to hit the ground running, it was no surprise to see Newcastle chase after a new number nine in the summer transfer window.
Joelinton failed to show why the Magpies spent a reported £40m in bringing him in from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, netting just four times in over 40 games in his debut campaign for the club.
And with the Brazilian front-man’s struggles, Steve Bruce’s side ended up signing Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson for around £20m, with the Cherries of course having been relegated from the Premier League.
But whilst the England international has already shown signs of being a real coup for the Magpies – he’s scored four goals in his opening four Premier League games – the Tyneside club could arguably have snared an upgrade on Wilson in Napoli marksman, Arkadiusz Milik.
The Poland international was the subject of major interest over the summer, with Newcastle’s fellow Premier League side Tottenham reported to be a prominent suitor of his.
It was claimed by Tuttosport that Newcastle had started to ask for information about the striker, and that the likes of the Magpies, Spurs and AS Roma were all interested in luring him away from Italy before the end of the window.
That of course, didn’t transpire, with Milik instead staying in Naples. But when you look at the Polish ace’s record over the years, and the level that he’s been doing at too, Newcastle would have got themselves a Champions League quality striker.
The 6 foot 1 ace netted 14 times across all competitions last season despite not always completing the full 90 minutes, and he even scored a hat-trick in the group stages of the Champions League against KRC Genk.
With 48 goals in 122 games for a side like Napoli, Milik outshines Wilson’s goal-scoring record at Bournemouth (67 in 187). Whilst some might point to the fact the former played in a stronger side, he was doing it for a team with more pressure and on the biggest stages too. Italian journalist Bruno Longhi also waxed lyrical about what the Polish star’s talents, saying he “does wonderful things with the ball“.
Whilst Wilson has enjoyed a phenomenal start to life on Tyneside, Newcastle may have missed a glorious opportunity to snap up an upgrade in the £80k-a-week earning forward.