The Chronicle’s chief football writer Lee Ryder has claimed in a Q&A session that Newcastle United have scouted Atlanta United’s free-scoring striker Josef Martinez, and are monitoring his situation.
Martinez, 26, is one of the MLS’ best players as he continues to shine across the pond. Alongside Miguel Almiron during the 2018 campaign, Atlanta won the MLS Cup – in which 54-time Venezuela international Martinez scored 35 goals.
He continued that stunning form for Atlanta in the 2019 campaign – after being voted 2018’s Most Valuable Player. He scored another 33 goals for Atlanta last season, as his side finished second in the MLS and won the Open Cup.
The former Torino star has enormous pace but is just as strong in the air. A goal machine, he is at the top of his game right now and Ryder has claimed Newcastle have both scouted the striker – and are monitoring him.
Asked whether Newcastle are interested in Martinez, Ryder responded: “Steve Nickson has definitely scouted him and they are monitoring.”
TBR’s view – Martinez would be a stunning signing
For many different reasons. Joelinton has struggled since his move, scoring only two goals, while Andy Carroll is injury prone and without a goal this season. The same could be said for Dwight Gayle, who is also being linked with a move.
Secondly, reuniting Martinez with Almiron would make the signing of the ex-Young Boys forward twice as good as any other in-form striker. The two combined to win the MLS Cup, and look how good Almiron is faring right now.
Atlanta fan page AtlAllDay have claimed that their side want around £30million for Martinez, and that is certainly a risk worth taking – given that he would be a major improvement on Newcastle’s current options.