Newcastle sources say rumours are incorrect about pursuit of 0.4 goal per game man – report

Newcastle United sources have allegedly denied reports that they are in pursuit of Charlton forward Macauley Bonne.

Previous reports suggested that Toon were ahead of a number of other clubs – including second in the league Leicester – in the face for the attacker.

According to the Chronicle Live, ‘sources’ have stated that the claims about Bonne are away from the mark.

‘Those close to the striker’ have also said that, while the Foxes are interested, the 24-year-old feels that first-team football is more important at this stage of his career.

Well, if the latter claims are true, then it is probably about time that these rumours are fully put to bed as there just doesn’t seem a realistic possibility that he will be making that first team.

Should we look to sign Bonne in January?

Yes, absolutely

Yes, absolutely

Wait 'til the summer

Wait 'til the summer

No, he isn't good enough

No, he isn't good enough

The Ipswich-born forward may not have fully unearthed his potential yet, but considering that he has only played 14 games at Championship level – where he was forced to lead the line due to Lyle Taylor’s injury – there just doesn’t seem enough evidence to suggest that he would be good enough to start in the Premier League.

The Zimbabwean international sure knows where the goal is, as proven by his 45 goals in 91 games for Leyton Orient, but ultimately that was at a level so much further than what Newcastle are at now.

According to SofaScore, he has been able to score six goals this campaign at Championship level – at a rate of 0.4 goals per game – which is obviously a half-decent return, but he could really do with a lot more games than 14 behind his back to make it clear to the club that he is a player worth risking on.

If Newcastle do want to improve their frontline, then they should look elsewhere. Height is something that is clearly needed if he wants to fit Bruce’s 5-4-1, and he isn’t anywhere near as tall as Joelinton or Andy Carroll. Similarly, Toon have the option of Dwight Gayle if they want someone running in behind and he seems like more experienced and potent striker at that level to fulfil that role.

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