While they were effective in nullifying a previously rampant Paul Pogba, Newcastle did very little on the front foot in terms of breaking down Manchester United on Wednesday and, in the end, the Red Devils picked up a routine 2-0 away win – for all the Magpies’ hard work, they got nothing.
Clearly big Salomon Rondon needs some support up front as Ayoze Perez doesn’t offer much; Yoshinori Muto puts himself about but has only scored once; while Joselu shouldn’t be anywhere near a Premier League starting XI.
However, bitter rivals Sunderland have a gem on their books by the name of Josh Maja – the 20-year-old has bagged an impressive 14 goals in League one but has yet to sign a new deal with the Black Cats. With his contract expiring in the summer, Newcastle should make a shock swoop for the Londoner.
Naturally, Sunderland chiefs would be highly reluctant to let the starlet go – especially to their biggest rivals – but, if it’s between that and losing him on a free in the summer, they have little choice.
There is also the added bonus that, should Maja go on to be a star for the St James Park outfit, the Toon Army would absolutely love Ashley for prizing him away from their Wearside enemies.
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