Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez should dip into the Spanish transfer market and move from promising Cadiz winger Manu Vallejo in January.
The former Chelsea and Liverpool manager likely won’t get too much money to spend in January, as owner Mike Ashley continues to frustrate.
It’ll mean Benitez will need to use his smarts and unearth some cheap gems and hope that they can show enough quality to keep United in the Premier League.
Newcastle are really struggling on the attacking front again this term.
The Magpies have only scored six goals in their opening eight games.
Not only are they not scoring, but they are also having some difficulty fashioning the chances to score too.
Benitez desperately needs someone creative, and Vallejo could be a worthy gamble.
Who is Manu Vallejo?
Vallejo has been plying his trade with Cadiz in the Spanish second tier since last season, where he made six appearances in 2017/18.
0-1 | 38′ | Tarjeta amarilla a Manu Vallejo por cortar una contra. pic.twitter.com/opU8yQixhm
— Cádiz Club de Fútbol (@Cadiz_CF) 12 October 2018
This term he’s started all six of Cadiz’s games so far and has been the team’s shining light.
The team as a collective are struggling, but he has really been catching the eye with his rapid dribbling and inclination to be direct.
The 5ft 6in 21-year-old is a vibrant left winger who loves to get at his man.
So far he has made 71 dribbles in the Segunda, via Scouted Football, which is bettered by nobody.
Cadiz’s poor finishing has stopped him from racking up the statistics that would make him truly stand out, with the Spanish second tier hardly the biggest footballing platform.
It would be a bit of a gamble from the manager but the youngster appears to possess attributes lacking in his current crop of wingers. That, and Newcastle look like could be in serious trouble this season.