Pundit urges Newcastle to stay away from £250,000-a-week star; Howe wants him on loan
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Pundit urges Newcastle to stay away from £250,000-a-week star; Howe wants him on loan

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TalkSport pundit Tony Cascarino has urged Newcastle United not to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month.

The Mirror revealed a couple of days ago that the Magpies have made contact with the Gunners to sign the Gabon star. An initial loan deal with an option to make that move permanent for £20million has reportedly been proposed, but it’s not clear what Arsenal feel about it just yet.

Aubameyang has no place at the Emirates at the moment. Mikel Arteta seems to have had enough of him and it doesn’t look like the Gunners boss will reintegrate him into the side anytime soon.

That opens the door for a club like Newcastle to come in with an offer, but Cascarino has told the Magpies to stay away from the ex-Arsenal skipper.

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Cascarino: Aubameyang to Newcastle is a bad deal

He said on TalkSport: “He’s someone who is not in the Arsenal first-team, let’s get that right.

“Do you want a player who is going to show commitment, running, doing all the ugly stuff in the game that you’re going to need to survive? Does he do that very well? I’d say that’s the worst part of his game.

“Is he a quality footballer that can turn a game in a moment? At his best, yes. But when has he last done that regularly? Not very often this season, even towards the end of last season.

“I don’t see this deal being a good one for Newcastle at all. I think it will be more of an air of is Aubameyang doing Newcastle a favour and I probably think, no, he’s not going to be doing them a favour.”

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Arsenal would love nothing more than to move Aubameyang on this month. It makes no sense to pay a player £250,000-a-week and not give him a chance to play. A move away would be the best thing for all parties, but should Newcastle sign him?

Aubameyang has had a torrid 18 months at Arsenal. He has looked nothing like the player he once was, but he has proved his quality on numerous occasions in the past. There is still a world-class striker there and the right manager has to bring it out.

Howe could well be that guy.

A change of scenery and a new challenge could really bring the best out of Aubameyang. Newcastle now have the resources to afford him too, which makes him a gamble worth taking this month, especially if it’s on loan.

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