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Newcastle’s Next Number 9 Kevin Gameiro?

With 20 goals in 35 games FC Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro is proving to be one of the hottest prospects in European football. Having scored some crucial goals for his club this season, including the equaliser against league leaders Lille with a clinical left foot volley last Sunday. The 5′ 7″ striker would cost around £9 million.

With Alan Pardew sending his scouts to France they cannot have missed the talent of Gameiro and how he could possibly be the man to wear the famous number 9 shirt next season. To be a Newcastle number 9, what you need more than anything is the ability to score goals. The 23 year old is a clinical finisher with both feet and is an opportunistic striker looking to pounce on any mistakes. Add this to his blistering pace, position awareness and knowledge of where defenders are around him, he scores one on ones for fun

Gameiro could fit into NUFC’s team either playing in a two with a big strong striker like Leon Best or Shola Ameobi looking for flick ons. This could make the team’s style of play longer which isn’t the most attractive but can be very effective. Alternatively he could play up front on his own with a playmaker like Hatem Ben Arfa, who could put balls through the defence for him to run onto. This would make teams play deeper against the Magpies, creating more space for late runs into the box helping Kevin Nolan score more goals from midfield.

He won’t just be a short term answer to the number 9 shirt, he will be a long term investment and if him and young Nile Ranger could strike up a partnership Newcastle could profit for many years to come.

To capture the striker though Newcastle will have to move quickly when the transfer window opens as Gameiro has been linked to other clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham and arch rivals Sunderland.

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