Newcastle United all but confirmed their Premier League status last night with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. Planning for the future is now something the Geordies will be formulating behind the scenes. A forward of Premiership quality who can score enough goals to keep Newcastle up will be vital. Could Wolves striker Kevin Doyle be that man?
Whilst Andy Carroll has been performing admirably on the pitch (not necessarily off it) the difference in level between the Championship and Premier League is substantial. Newcastle’s dominance this season highlights the gulf that exists. Carroll’s 15 goals in the campaign have contributed to Newcastle’s cause, but will he be able to maintain that level in the Premier League? It is very doubtful. If Wolves were willing to do business then Newcastle United should investigate a move for Irishman Doyle.
Newcastle United requires another striker with Premiership credentials who can contribute goals alongside someone like Andy Carroll. Kevin Doyle is someone who would fit the bill. The Wolves centre forward has been the Midland’s club’s best player all season. Despite only scoring 7 goals in 28 appearances, Doyle has been a thorn in most defences this season. His chasing down on the ball and movement have seen him score some vital goals for the relegation battlers.
Though it appears Wolves may be about to avoid the drop with teams such as West Ham and Burnley drowning, a club the size of Newcastle United could lure the 26 yr old Irishman. Despite Mike Ashley’s amateur handling of the Toon army, the long term prospects and investment would be much more far reaching at Tyneside than Wolves. With Kevin Doyle impressing many this season, he could be prepared to jump ship.
Wolves clearly do not wish to sell the striker. ‘If we go down, we have no chance of holding on to him,’ Mick McCarthy told The Mirror. ‘If we stay up, we might still have a problem because there will be a few interested. ‘We have seen all the teams now and I’ve not noticed many better players than him.’
Having cost Wolves a club record £6.5 million last summer from Reading, it would take a large fee from Newcastle United to prise the Irishman. It remains to be seen whether Mike Ashley would green light such a move. But If Newcastle are willing to spend £7 million plus on a striker in the summer, Doyle would be a very good option. Newcastle United in the past have signed many expensive flops from abroad. With the Wolves striker they would have a Premier League proven forward.
If Chris Hughton is still the Newcastle United manager next season, his biggest decision will be a choice of striker to keep the club in the top flight. Andy Carroll will continue to develop and be amongst the goals, but will Shola Ameobi or Leon Best provide enough firepower alongside the towering youngster? I don’t think so. A player is needed who will work well with Carroll and provide goals, with Kevin Doyle Newcastle couldn’t go wrong.
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