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With Timo Werner to join Chelsea, Newcastle United may have an easier path to the signing of a striker.
After rumors of a deal to be completed, Chelsea announced today that they have signed RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. While there was very little chance that the German striker would be joining Newcastle United, his shot of Blues help the Magpies in their search for a new striker this summer.
With Werner, Chelsea will have four top strikers of the team he joined Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, and Olivier Giroud. This season, Abraham has been the most clear, the first choice of the attacker this summer, with Batshuayi and Giroud to play supporting roles. Newcastle United have been linked with both The Drummer and the French veteran striker, in the past, and now they can acquire one of these players at a reduced rate.
Both players have contracts that run through next summer, Giroud has extended its agreement last month, and could be quality additions to the Magpies. Batshuayi is the youngest of the option and it was more than this season. But, it is the most expensive solution. On the other hand, Giroud is 33 years old and has a proven track record.
Batshuayi is more mobile and combine well with the attacking play of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron. Giroud is more power than the pace, unlikely to prosper in a counter-attack style.
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Newcastle United will definitely be in the market for a striker this summer. With Werner, and Abraham, assuming that the main striking role for the Blues, Batshuayi or Giroud should be open to a move to Tyneside, something that has not been the case for The Drummer.