They may have significantly loosened the purse strings this summer, but Newcastle’s newfound improvidence is not so strong that they’re willing to pay £15m for QPR’s Charlie Austin.
Tired of the Super Hoops’ staunch refusal to lower their demands (the Magpies will only stretch so far as £12m according to the Express), Steve McClaren has been told by the St James’ Park moneymen to look elsewhere.
So, armed with binoculars and reliably sourced information, the balding boss set sail for Bordeaux.
Avid appreciators of Ligue 1-peddled wares, this action undoubtedly endeared McClaren to Mike Ashley and his fellow new employers, as will the liking the former England boss took to less-pricey Austin alternative, Diego Rolan.
From a statistical perspective, the Uruguayan sound-alike of Manchester United folk hero Diego Forlan recorded stats last season that can be compared to those registered by QPR’s most marketable asset.
With 15 goals registered across 36 appearances, the 22-year-old rustled the net at an average of 0.41 strikes per outing, while Austin weighed in with a slightly improved 0.51.
As is demonstrated the England man was slightly more creative too, but his key pass per match mean of 0.7 falls short of the 0.9 Rolan mustered, suggesting had it not been for teammate profligacy, he would’ve at least matched his costlier counterpart in this respect.
With 1.8 dispossessions per match on average, the Uruguayan international proved as adept as Austin when it came to holding the ball up, though a pitiful yield of 0.7 aerial duels won per match will need addressing if he is to prove an effective solo sharpshooter in the Premier League.
Despite the relative parity shared between the two players, the bookies don’t envisage Rolan donning Newcastle black and white this season, going 3/1 that he signs for the Tyneside outfit prior to the summer transfer window’s closure.
It’s a much more conservative 57/100 that he remains at Bordeaux.