An update has emerged on Newcastle United’s interest in Fiorentina centre-forward Dusan Vlahovic…
According to The Sun, the Magpies will accelerate their interest in the Serbian international in January as they look to improve their squad.
The report claims Fiorentina could be open to cashing in on him for the right price in the winter window, which is said to be below £70m.
Howe could get St. James’ rocking with a swoop for Vlahovic as he has proven himself to be a reliable goalscorer at the top level and thus, he could be the club’s new Alan Shearer if he is able to replicate his Fiorentina form on Tyneside.
Shearer ended his playing days with 206 goals in 405 appearances for the Magpies, which averaged out at a goal every 1.96 matches for the club. Vlahovic, meanwhile, has scored 31 goals in his last 50 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina, which averages out at a goal every 1.61 games.
This means that he is currently scoring at a higher rate than Shearer ever did at Newcastle, albeit the available data is significantly lower for Vlahovic at this point in time. Irrespective of it only being 50 matches, it is an exceptional record that shows he has the potential to be a prolific scorer for Howe’s side, much like the English legend was for the club in his time as a player.
Serie A expert Connor Clancy hailed the offensive beast earlier this year. He told This is Futbol: “[He’s] Incredible, and it really caught me by surprise because I’d seen him play in the flesh a few times and he scored a great goal against Inter and there was a lot of hype in Florence about him. People were saying this guy’s the real deal and I just couldn’t see it.
“He’s just a complete number nine and I know it’s just off the back of one season, but he’s strong, can link play up, can hold the ball up and most importantly, he’s scoring goals. He’s one of those players that when he looks confident, you almost expect him to score every time he plays.”
These comments suggest that he has the overall qualities to lead the line as well as score goals. He could hold the ball up and bring others into play, whilst then getting on to the end of crosses at the end of the moves to provide the finishing touches to send the St. James’ Park faithful into raptures.