Former Middlesbrough player George Boateng assessed the Newcastle United squad ahead of them playing West Bromwich Albion, and criticised Newcastle attackers Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
On Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily show (Tuesday, 10:52), the pundit was complimentary of the Magpies’ squad but not of their front-line options.
“If you look at their squad, their squad is actually not a bad squad; they’ve had a few injuries,” Boateng admitted before specifically highlighting how much Newcastle United miss Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu.
The retired midfielder then continued: “They miss a number nine, I don’t think Ayoze Perez is an out and out striker, I see him more as a winger or midfielder.
“[Aleksandar] Mitrovic hasn’t got the scoring ability that a top striker is supposed to have, this is why he spends most of the time on the bench.”
After ruling out both Perez and Mitrovic, who have scored just two Premier League goals between them this season, the Sky Sports pundit revealed why Joselu wasn’t the answer either.
“When you look at his stats, everywhere he has played he hasn’t really been prolific, said Boateng before suggesting, “but he is a good player and perhaps needs someone else next to him, who can link off and is perhaps more intelligent, who is willing to run behind.”
The 27-year-old has scored two goals in his 12 league appearances this season, which brings his total number of Premier League goals to six across 34 appearances.
The Magpies front-line woes have seen them score only 11 goals in the league this season, the joint fifth lowest amount.
Even with only 11 goals Newcastle United have managed to sit 14th, four points clear of relegation, after 13 games.
However, the Magpies have lost their last four leagues game and their next game is against WBA on Tuesday, who go into the game having earned a point against Tottenham at Wembley.
In other Newcastle United news, this team would end the Magpies’ woeful run against WBA.