Today, the Sunday Sun reported that Newcastle United are looking into the possibility of signing the 19 year-old Swedish Striker, John Guidetti.
Guidetti, currently on loan at Feyenoord from Manchester City, has blown away the Dutch league this season with an incredible 18 goals in 16 games, as well as 5 assists. His scoring ability has caught the eye of several top European clubs this term, including AC Milan and Arsenal. The three goals against Vitesse Arnhem at the weekend represented Guidetti’s third hat-trick in four games.
With it looking likely that Newcastle will be offloading Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best in the summer, a new striker is a necessity. Although Newcastle already have two top class strikers in Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse on their books, it would seem a good idea to sign up a decent, young striker who can provide sufficient cover for the Senegalese front pairing.
The need for a young striker with big potential is certainly one which John Guidetti would be more than suitable in filling. Despite his youthful age, he has shown his goalscoring capabilities in a top European league, while also showing a level maturity on the ball; something quite rare for a player so young. His ability has compelled almost 30,000 Feyenoord to sign a petition for the club to keep him.
The question that will be presenting the most interest is whether or not Manchester City would be willing to let him go. He has only made one appearance for the Citizens so far, since joining from Brommapojkarna in 2010 and this would perhaps indicate that he is an unneeded quantity. With Manchester City coming out this week to announce plans to sign Robin Van Persie, it would seem likely that the Manchester club would not need him.
Although Newcastle have been linked with many players over the past few weeks, I do hope there is some truth in this rumour as looks like he could be a top player. With so much emphasis being placed in recent weeks on the need for enhancing the youth setup, Newcastle could make a fantastic start on building a team for the future, with the signing of this lad.