Russia striker Artem Dzyuba scored from the penalty spot in his country’s brilliant win against Spain that saw them reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, and a large chunk of Newcastle United fans have urged their club to sign the 29-year-old, rated at £6.3m by Transfermarkt.
The Zenit Saint Petersburg started the tournament on the substitutes’ bench, but a fine performance from there in the 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia has seen him become a regular starter, and he kept his cool to score from the spot to make it 1-1 on Sunday, before the penalty shootout success.
With the future of Aleksandar Mitrovic in doubt and Joselu still yet to make his mark, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez may well be in the market for a new centre-forward or two this summer as he looks to help his team beat their tally of 39 goals in their 38 Premier League fixtures last term.
Some Newcastle supporters, who don’t want to see a deal for a £10.8m-rated star go through, were quick to have their say on Dzyuba’s latest display via social media, and while one said “that Dzyuba is miles better than Mitrovic”, another said they “would have Dzyuba at SJP”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
How much for Dzyuba?? #NUFC
— Ben Ryder (@BenNUFC) July 1, 2018
I’d take Dzyuba at nufc tbh, been very impressed all tournament.
— Rob Danson (@danson_rob) July 1, 2018
That Dzyuba is mile better than Mitrovic, SIGN HIM. #NUFC
— Scott McWilliams (@NormingAbout) July 1, 2018
Sign Dzyuba @NUFC
— Stephen (@StxvoNUFC) July 1, 2018
Would have Dzyuba at SJP. Tidy with the ball, guid movement, and has a heid Jonjo could ping to in his sleep. #nufc
— Diabeatnik (@diabeatnik_) July 1, 2018
#ESPRUS the Russian Duncan Ferguson is quite handy, isn't he?
— Matthew (@altromattNUFC) July 1, 2018