Why signing Clinton N’Jie could drive Newcastle to a top-half finish
Clinton N’Jie is a Cameroonian forward player who prefers to play in the central striking role but can also easily slot in on either flank. He currently plays for French club Olympique Marseille. He hasn’t started a league game for them for more than a month now, with his last league appearance coming at the end of November.
He has only made 5 league appearances so far this term – 3 of them as a substitute. Often deployed as a centre-forward, N’Jie is a strong dribbler of the ball who is capable of launching some powerful shots from outside the box as well.
His finishing in the box is quite useful too when added to the movement he provides and the space he creates.
The quality that makes him stand out from other players like him is his raw unadulterated pace. While he enjoys the occasional sprint, if he does set off, it usually means that the ball is temporarily irrecoverable for the opposition because simply put, he’s just too fast. He possesses an inhuman amount of speed which helps him get around the pitch with ease.
A hard worker, he uses his pace in all the right areas – chasing lost causes and closing opposition defenders down. While his running is explosive, his change of pace is another impressive factor. He has the ability to set off with exhilarating speed from a stationary position.
There are very few players in world football who would dare to challenge the former Tottenham man to a footrace.
Looking like a shadow of the classic Premiership side that they were, Newcastle have really struggled to get into the flow this season, mostly down to the lack of a goalscoring threat. While Joselu, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon are the strikers at the club, the addition of N’Jie would add a new dimension to this rather average looking side.
Kenedy, Ayoze Perez and Jonjo Shelvey are all extremely talented support players and when played alongside the right kind of striker, they could work magic for the Magpies.
N’Jie has the pace, power and the finishing ability to challenge even the best defenders in the world. The season he spent at White Hart Lane would’ve given him a good taste of English football as well.
Newcastle have seriously lacked goals this term, with only 15 goals scored in 21 games. They currently sit at 15th place with 18 points on the board, which puts them at an extreme risk of a relegation battle unless immediate improvement is shown.
While Rondon is the player they currently depend on for goals, N’Jie will provide them some much-needed competition and a new wavelength.