Newcastle’s reported interest in Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto suggests the Magpies are adopting the same transfer blueprint that has got Arsene Wenger in hot water at Arsenal of late.
Despite having a grossly understaffed defensive department – three full-backs were fielded as part of the rearguard for their 1-1 draw at Burnley last time out – the Tynesiders – 21/4 to beat Chelsea next – are still seeking reinforcements for the frontline, despite signing a trio of forwards in the summer.
Wenger would undoubtedly agree that El Submarino Amarillo’s number seven is a talent worth chasing ahead of a boring centre-half acquisition though.
In just five La Liga starts the 20-year-old has helped himself to four goals, as well as two assists as he rapidly endears himself to the Madrigal faithful.
With a further two strikes and as many set ups in the Europa League, the Argentine sharpshooter has taken no time to acclimatise to the rigours of life on an alien continent after his August switch from Racing Club.
Villarreal are sure to put up a fight to retain Vietto’s services considering that they’ve only lost once all season with him in the side and even that was in excusable circumstances against Real Madrid.
They’ve been bested on four instances when he has been omitted.
A high passing accuracy – 84.5 per cent of Vietto’s attempts to find a teammate hit their mark in La Liga – suggests the Argentina Under-20 international is better at knitting at attacks together than any of his Newcastle counterparts.
Papiss Cisse boasts the closest pass completion rate in the Toon ranks, though the Senegalese is someway short at 78 per cent.
The former Freiburg forward is the only man available to Alan Pardew to have outscored Vietto so far this season too.
Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez’s success at St James’ Park in recent campaigns will encourage further bids for individuals eligible to represent the Albiceleste and stats from this season indicate Vietto would inject extra potency into their attacking ranks.