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Newcastle eyeing Lille phenomenon Jonathan David

An update has emerged on Lille centre-forward Jonathan David, regarding Newcastle United’s pursuit of the gem.

What’s the talk?

According to Le10 Sport, the Magpies are following the attacker and have made their interest known to the French giants.

The report claims that PSG, Milan and Inter are also keen on the striker and that a deal could be likely at the end of the season.

Would David be a good signing?

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Yes

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Bye-bye Joelinton

Although there could be work to do in other areas of the pitch, David could be Howe’s final, currently missing, piece at the top end of the pitch. If the ex-Cherries boss wants to line up with a front three then he could have Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and David, with the Lille man replacing the misfiring Joelinton.

The 25-year-old ex-Hoffenheim man has zero goals and one assist in ten appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League this season. This comes after he scored a measly six times in 55 starts across his first two campaigns with the club.

Saint-Maximin, meanwhile, has averaged a superb WhoScored rating of 7.24 this season with two goals and three assists to his name. Wilson has found the back of the net four times in seven games and ended last term with 12 league strikes, showing his prowess.

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David, who was once dubbed a “phenomenon” by former coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck, could replace Joelinton and complete the front three alongside Saint-Maximin and Wilson. In Ligue 1 this season, the Canada international has scored eight goals in ten starts, whilst also netting once in the Champions League. This comes after he notched 13 strikes in the league last term, proving that he score on a consistent basis.

He is a versatile forward, capable of playing up front on his own or in a slightly deeper attacking midfield role and this could help him link up with Wilson and Saint-Maximin. For example, Howe could deploy a system with David and Saint-Maximin in two floating positions behind Wilson, allowing them to be fluid in the final third and cause constant problems for defences with their movement around the ex-Bournemouth centre-forward.

Therefore, by signing the £31.5m-rated forward Newcastle could have a deadly front three under Howe, one that finally sees Joelinton axed. This is why PIF must ensure that they can get a deal over the line for the 21-year-old, whether it comes in January or at the end of the season.

AND in other news, Howe must ruthlessly axe £32k-p/w NUFC dud who Shearer once accused of “cheating”…

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