With the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea, the pursuit of a striker has intensified. Signing a front man in this January transfer window now seems a necessity.
Despite the often frenetic, take-what-you-can-get nature of the mid-season market, the club can’t afford to settle for any old runt who could make up the numbers. Ba was a prolific goalscorer for Newcastle, and there’s no denying that he has left a gaping hole in the squad. Of course, the quality of Papiss Cisse adds some comfort to a difficult situation, but the Magpies need another striker to fire us through the remainder of the Premier League season and Europa League campaign.
With that in mind, rumours of Danny Graham possibly making a move to St James Park are welcoming. Admittedly, the 27 year old doesn’t have as much quality as Ba, but the Swansea City player has certainly adapted to life in the top tier of English football since his move from Watford last season.
He managed 12 goals in 36 league games last season, an impressive figure considering he got off to a slow start. Graham is a hard working player who’s willing to find positions where he could get hurt. As a result, he has established an impressive goal return for himself.
Some of you may point out that Swansea are above us in the league and in a much more relaxing position. However, Graham has seen his place in the starting XI taken by Michu, and Laudrup’s Spanish overhaul has ensured that the Welsh side’s football may no longer be suited to his playing style.
There have also been rumours that Graham has made a request to the Swans’ coaching staff to leave in this window. More often than not, a footballer goes for a decent price when they wish to seek pastures new.
Danny Graham may not be the most talented player who could sign for the club, but I reckon he’d be a terrific January signing considering the difficulties normally associated with price demands. There are constant whisperings in the tabloids, but a deal needs to be struck soon enough to help kick start Newcastle’s season. If Graham were to be that signing, I’d be pretty pleased.
Would you like to see Graham at Newcastle?