Pjaca would have given Newcastle the perfect January transfer window
Newcastle United tried to sign Marko Pjaca in January, according to reports in Italy.
Corriere Fiorentino claim (via The Chronicle) the Magpies made a loan approach for the winger in the final days of the window, but were unsuccessful.
Apparently Juventus were keen bring their player’s stint with Fiorentina to an end, after failing to nail down a regular starting spot.
Supposedly it was Pjaca himself who rejected the chance to play for Newcastle, as he wanted to stay and fight for his place.
It’s a shame for the Toon Army, whose currently crop of wingers have left a lot to be desired this season.
Pjaca would have brought fresh impetus
Even though Pjaca hasn’t had the greatest of spells at Fiorentina, he would have been a useful signing for Newcastle.
The Croatia international is very quick and a fine dribbler, making him particularly useful in one on one situations.
He showed himself to be a very dangerous talent as a youngster at Dinamo Zagreb where he scored 28 goals and made 13 assists.
Unfortunately his career has stagnated somewhat since joining Juventus in 2016. He’s been unable to stake a claim to be a regular starter under Max Allegri, resulting in two loan spells at Schalke 04 and now Fiorentina.
It may have been a foolish decision to snub Newcastle, as he likely would have played regularly as an upgrade on the likes of Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy and Kenedy.
His pace and power would have been well suited to the Premier League.
His signing could potentially have turned Newcastle’s good window into a great one.