Newcastle must seal deal for lightning attacker from rivals after tearing through league leaders
As with most supporters, the Newcastle United faithful will have been glad to have seen the back of the international break and see their side return to action in the league this weekend.
The Magpies had to wait a long three weeks between matches and it would have left a large number of the fans going stir crazy, doing anything to get their fix of domestic football.
For many, they would have been delighted to have seen an early return with the Football League’s Good Friday fixtures, and a good number of Newcastle supporters may well have tuned in to watch north east rivals Middlesbrough take on Championship table toppers Wolves in what turned out to be an enthralling clash at the Riverside.
Although Nuno Esperito Santo’s side came out victorious in a 2-1 win, it certainly was not smooth sailing, finishing the game with nine men after two sendings off, and enduring a nervy final 20 minutes as Boro launched everything their way.
Those watching on would no doubt have taken note of the home side’s star man Adama Traore, who tore through the Wolves midfield and defence with lightning pace and sensational close control, and was the catalyst to Ruben Neves receiving his marching orders.
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For those Newcastle fans watching, they might have been thinking of their own man Kenedy, and there seem to be few signs that Traore could not do the business in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old, who is a former Barcelona youngster, has come into life in the second half of the season, scoring five goals and chipping in with three assists in his last 12 appearances.
With Wolves nearly certain to make the move to the Premier League next season, there is at least one man in the second tier who has shown he can cause them a whole load of trouble, and Newcastle must be looking at snapping him up, especially if Kenedy does not stay past his loan spell.
It is a short trip up the A19 from Middlesbrough to Newcastle, and the Magpies should give him the chance to shine in the top flight.
In other Newcastle United news, a pair of BBC pundits have torn into West Ham while raving over the Magpies.