This summer saw plenty of interest emerge for the services of French forward Alassane Plea. The Nice attacker had scored 21 goals and assisted seven in the 2017-18 campaign. It saw the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United briefly linked with an interest in the player.
However, the Premier League most strongly linked with his services were Newcastle United. As reported by The Chronicle, Newcastle had a £20 million bid for the player rejected in July.
However, that did not meet the French side’s asking price. In the end, he joined Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for £22 million, making Newcastle just £2 million short of his asking price.
Newcastle are certainly missing out. Plea has had an excellent start to his life in Germany. In the eight games that he has played for the club so far the 25-year-old has scored eight goals. It includes a hat-trick scored on debut in an 11-1 DFB Pokal win against lower-league opposition. But that should not distract from his excellent record of five goals in seven Bundesliga games. That includes a sumptuous finish against Bayern Munich at the weekend, as Gladbach claimed a 3-0 scalp in the Allianz Arena.
Considering that Newcastle, as a club, have only scored six goals in the same amount league games Plea has played for Gladbach, it is clear to see they are missing out on the player.
For just £2 million more, they might have been able to bring him to St James’ Park. That must sting.