Andy Cole Warns Rafael Benitez
Former Newcastle and Manchester United striker, Andy Cole, has some warning for Newcastle boss, Rafael Benitez.
This comes after Benitez failed to secure numerous transfer targets during a frustrating summer window.
Cole believes Newcastle don’t have a striker to carry on the club’s No. 9 shirt.
Despite signing Spanish forward Joselu from Stoke City for £5 million, who scored in Newcastle’s first Premier League victory in a 3-0 win over West Ham, Benitez is still left short with options up front.
And Cole, a former Newcastle No.9, is concerned that no-one in the current Newcastle front-three – Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic – is worthy of wearing his old shirt.
“It’s going to be a mightily tough season for Newcastle. Goals win matches and you need to be picking up three points to avoid a relegation battle,” said Cole to The Chronicle.
“That being the case who is going to get the goals for Rafa? The manager, a sound judge of footballers, was prepared to sell both Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic if he could find replacements, and Joselu is a £5m buy which is peanuts in the big league.
“A club that puts so much store on the number nine legend hasn’t got a regular goalscorer at this level. It’s a heavy shirt to wear and I don’t know who can do it.”
The number 9 shirt was also worn by the likes of Tyneside legends Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Andy Carroll and Senegal's Teranga Lion - Papiss Cisse.
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