COMMENT By Matt Farr
Newcastle’s priceless win over promotion rivals Brighton on Tuesday evening saw them move two points clear at the top of the Championship.
However, despite sealing three points, their ongoing goalscoring woes in the absence of Dwight Gayle were once again apparent.
Neither Yoan Gouffran, Aleksandar Mitrovic or Daryl Murphy have been at all convincing as a replacement for Newcastle’s leading man this season.
If they get promoted back to the Premier League, Rafa Benitez will need to bring in someone who can score the required goals to keep them in the top-flight, and he should take a look at one of these three proven goalscorers.
His lack of first-team opportunities at Liverpool this season has added further fuel to the fire that he will be quitting Anfield this summer.
Sturridge, 27, has an excellent goalscoring record in the Premier League, but he has struggled to find consistency of late due to a host of injuries.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has shown tremendous patience in Sturridge to prove his fitness, but he is growing more and more frustrated and could cash-in on him at the end of the season.
His potential availability could be a blessing for Newcastle. Benitez will also have concerns over his injury record, but Sturridge can still be one of the most prolific strikers in England.
Newcastle will need someone who can score goals regularly in the top-flight, and someone who will be considered a major improvement on Benitez’s current options, and the England international fits the bill.
Batshuayi signed for Chelsea in the summer in a reported £33million deal, but he has made just five starts for the club this season.
He has yet to start a Premier League match under Antonio Conte, despite making 16 appearances in the competition.
The 23-year-old has grown frustrated at his lack of opportunities and has recently admitted that he could quit the club at the end of the season.
If he does leave Stamford Bridge, Newcastle should ensure they win the race to sign him, as he could make a real difference to their bid for survival.
Prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi netted 23 goals from 50 appearances for French giants Marseille throughout the 2015-16 season, and also supplied 10 assists.
A permanent deal for the striker could come at a significant price, however, with Chelsea likely to want to recoup what they paid for him. But a loan deal could also be a possibility if it means getting more first-team football.
Another handy goalscoring addition could be Arsenal’s Lucas Perez. The 28-year-old has been in excellent form for Arsenal this term, but it does not appear to be enough to convince Arsene Wenger to hand him regular action.
Despite contributing seven goals and five assists for Arsenal this season, Perez has started just three games across both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Some reports have suggested that Perez wants to leave the club, but others claim that he is happy to stay at the club and fight for his place in the first-team.
However, there is no denying that Newcastle wouldn’t benefit from Perez’s goalscoring potential, and if the opportunity should arise, should pursue a deal.
Arsenal paid just over £17million to sign him in the summer, but Newcastle might be able to land him for the same or less.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are one of three clubs that should look to sign this 26-year-old Tottenham ace this summer.