Newcastle United are likely preparing to make potential moves in the January transfer window, with manager Eddie Howe no doubt hoping to strengthen his team in the hopes of maintaining their rampant early-season form.
The recent suggestion is that a new attacking addition could well be on the cards – amid links to the likes of Marcus Thuram and Mykhyalo Mudryk – with the Magpies looking to increase their firepower heading into the second half of the campaign.
With that in mind, the Tynesiders could well make an astute move in turning to former target Mohammed Kudus in the New Year, with the St James’ Park outfit having been named as one of the potential suitors for the Ajax sensation over the summer.
The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to fellow Premier League side Everton of late – with the Toffees said to have made a £15m bid in the recent window – although the northeast side should well consider getting ahead in the race for his signature.
The playmaking ace – who can operate in an attacking midfield role or in a more advanced berth – has enjoyed a stunning start to the season thus far, with the “frightening” asset – as described by journalist Christopher Dodds – having scored ten goals in just 21 games in all competitions.
That tally includes a haul of four goals and two assists in just six Champions League group stage outings for the Eredivisie side, with the 5 foot 9 starlet having notably rifled in a thunderous effort at home to Glasgow Rangers on matchday one, while also scoring a stunning strike against Liverpool at Anfield.
Following such eye-catching form in Amsterdam, the former Nordsjaelland ace has now replicated those displays on the global stage, having made a scintillating impact at the World Cup over the past week or so for Ghana.
The highly-rated asset notably helped to tee up Andre Ayew to equalise in the eventual defeat to Portugal in his side’s opening group game, before going on to inspire the Black Stars to victory against South Korea last time out.
That outing ensured that the Accra-born dynamo truly “arrived on the biggest stage” – in the words of journalist Mimi Fawaz – having netted twice in the 3-2 thriller, first heading home to put his side two goals ahead, before sealing the win late on with a composed left-footed finish.
That delightful double has ensured that the emerging talent now has seven goals in just 20 games for his country to date, having also shown his quality in an all-round sense after notably winning five of his nine ground duels and drawing two fouls.
Such form has even seen him compared to some of the best young players around with journalist Rahman Osman suggesting he was “alongside Bellingham and Musiala as the stars of the World Cup.”
An electric and lively attacking presence, such a performance is one that will likely have had many sitting up and taking notice of his quality, with Kudus having rubberstamped just why he could well be destined for life at the elite level in the Premier League.