Hernandez should not be first choice for Newcastle

According to Uruguayan outlet Ovacion, Newcastle will revive their interest in Hull City striker Abel Hernandez this summer.

What’s the story?

Uruguayan international Abel Hernandez is out of contract at Hull this summer, and Rafael Benitez reportedly wants to bring him back to the Premier League on a free signing.

The speedy striker missed most of this season with an Achilles tendon injury, but has been in fine form since his return, firing in eight goals in ten league appearances this season.

Islam Slimani is expected to return to Leicester City as things stand, meaning the Magpies desperately need a new striker on Tyneside, but is Hernandez the answer?

A bargain buy?

With Slimani looking likely to return from his loan after failing to impress and Aleksandar Mitrovic seemingly at odds with Rafa Benitez despite his fantastic Fulham form, Newcastle definitely need to sign a striker this summer.

Hernandez is fast, smart, and has Premier League experience, but he is not good enough to fire the Magpies to a top ten finish next season.

The 27 year-old has 11 international goals in 29 Uruguay appearances, but he is not the superstar striker that will excite the fans on Tyneside.

That said, Hernandez would be a quality addition to the squad, and given that he will be available on a free signing he would be a smart buy, so long as he is not first choice.

Fans are fed up of Mike Ashley’s penny-pinching, and going into next season with loan signings, free signings and the struggling Dwight Gayle up front would create a toxic atmosphere at the club if they got off to a bad start.

However, if Benitez can go into next season, with Gayle, Hernandez and a marquee signing as his options up front, then the Magpies could be a real threat to the teams around them.

You decide

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