Plenty of teams found themselves linked with the services of French forward Alassane Plea this summer. With good reason as well. The Nice attacker had scored 21 goals and assisted seven in the 2017-18 campaign.
One team who were reportedly keen on his signature were Newcastle United. As reported by The Chronicle, Newcastle had a £20 million bid for the player rejected in July. It appeared the Frenchman had become the club’s main striker target, an area Rafa Benitez was very keen to improve.
In the end, Newcastle had to settle for a swap deal involving Dwight Gayle that saw Salomon Rondon arrive at St James’ Park.
Plea meanwhile has just had an excellent start to life at his new club.
The Frenchman did leave Nice this summer. He joined Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for £22 million, meaning the Magpies were only £2 million short of his asking price.
Yesterday, he made his debut for Gladbach and promptly scored a hat-trick to announce himself to his new fans. It is certainly worth noting that Gladbach won the game 11-1 against Hastedt in the DFB Pokal. Plea was one of three men to score a hat-trick, along with Thorgan Hazard and Raffael.
Despite the fact it was a stroll in the park, Plea still has three goals from just one game at his new club.
Newcastle fans were left frustrated at their summer business, with failing to meet an asking price for Plea certainly a talking point.
If he can take his form in the cup into the Bundesliga, then Newcastle will be made to regret not spending £2 million more in the summer.