Newcastle United should have made a move for Danny Welbeck instead of Salomon Rondon amid reports from the London Evening Standard that Arsenal manager Unai Emery will listen to offers.
Once again, the Magpies have had a frustrating transfer window, with club owner Mike Ashley failing to hand over significant funds to manager Rafael Benitez.
One of the departments that the Spaniard has been keen to strengthen is in attack.
In the end, the North-East outfit signed West Bromwich Albion forward Rondon on loan, with Dwight Gayle heading to The Hawthorns also on a temporary basis.
Benitez will likely be relieved to get a striker through the door, but he should have pursued Welbeck at Arsenal.
Due to the fact that Welbeck has struggled for a starting spot over the past 12 months or so, he will have something to prove if he moves on from Arsenal.
At Newcastle, he would have had the opportunity to be the main man, and he has the qualities to be a reliable goalscorer if given regular game time.
In 43 outings in all competitions last season, the majority of which were from off the bench, Welbeck scored 10 goals and created two assists.
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Rondon has a better record in that he netted 10 goals and produced four assists in 40 appearances, but he only scored seven in 36 Premier League matches.
Five of Welbeck’s goals were scored in 28 top-flight outings, which is not too bad considering he spent the majority of the campaign as a substitute.
The England international has the advantage of playing at an elite level for his entire career given that he has represented United and Arsenal.
His experience could have been key in Newcastle’s season.