St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be a transfer target for Newcastle
Newcastle's French Revolution could continue in the form of St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle is reporting that Aubameyang is the second choice for the Magpies should they fail to net Marseille striker Loic Remy.
Of the two, Aubameyang should be the preferred option for the Premier League club.
With the departure of Demba Ba, there's a hole at the top of the attack for Newcastle. Should Papiss Cisse start to hit form, the club could still use another established striker.
Aubameyang might not be as proven as Remy, but he's three years younger. However, it's expected that he will soon be as good as Remy.
Aubameyang could also come at about half the price. Newcastle isn't a club flush with cash, so the financial aspect should be taken into account. Signing Aubameyang would leave the Magpies with some more money to address their problems at the back.
At only 23 years old, Aubameyang could also provide a nice financial windfall should he have a couple of good years in England.
That can't be said about the 26-year-old Remy. He's unlikely to be worth anything more than what he is now.
The Chronicle article quotes a source close to the player who speaks about the likelihood of the striker moving in January. The source said:
He is aware of Newcastle’s interest and likes the idea. He was planning on staying at St Etienne until at least the end of the season.
If there was a bid, though, he owes it to himself to listen.
Aubameyang originally started with the A.C. Milan youth academy. He was loaned out to various French clubs in order to receive first-team football.
Prior to last season, the striker hadn't really followed through on his potential. He only scored 16 goals over three seasons in Ligue 1, so you could see why the Italian club would have felt right to let him go.
Then he went on a tear, scoring 16 goals and adding 11 assists in 36 Ligue 1 matches.
Aubameyang is following that up with similar numbers this year. In 18 league matches, he has eight goals and six assists.
Milan probably wish they could have that transfer back.
The striker has all of the skills to excel in the Premier League.
Though it might be easy to characterize him as more of a tricky winger with very good ball skills, Aubameyang is a very adept finisher. He can score with both feet with quite a bit of power.
Tactical flexibility is another strength. While his preferred position is as a centre-forward/striker, you could put him on either wing.
One of the problems with Cisse and Ba is that they struggled when on the pitch at the same time. They weren't players who complemented one another.
To his credit, Remy is also flexible enough to play on either wing, so in that respect, he could work. Remy isn't a bad player and could do very well at St James' Park.
Still, Aubameyang is the one that should catch manager Alan Pardew's eye.