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Luton Town striker Elijah Adebayo has been linked with Premier League side Newcastle United ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Chronicle Live, Newcastle scouts were at the Fulham v Luton game on the lookout for standout players and notes were made about the Hatters forward.
But would he be a good signing for the Magpies? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers share their thoughts…
Adebayo would be a very exciting signing for Newcastle United. Is he ready to lead their survival bid? Not for me, but in looking ahead to potentially bouncing back in the second tier next season it would be a sensible piece of business.
If he is unlikely to earn regular game time then maybe the Magpies should wait until the summer with the 23-year-old currently thriving at Kenilworth Road. With Dwight Gayle potentially preparing for an exit and Joelinton less than a proven goalscorer at Premier League level, there is room for Adebayo as cover for the injury-prone Callum Wilson.
It would be good business, just from a development perspective, it would be disappointing to see Adebayo on the bench most weeks compared to his electric first half of the campaign.
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Although Adebayo has shown some real signs of promise for Luton Town this season, he may not be ready to make the step up to the Premier League.
Having never featured at this level before, it may take the forward some time to adapt to life in the top-flight.
When you consider that Newcastle need to sign players who are able to make an instant impact at the club in order to avoid relegation, they ought to steer clear of making a move for Adebayo.
Furthermore, it could be argued that Adebayo may find it more beneficial to stay at Kenilworth Road instead of sealing a switch to St James’ Park as there is no guarantee that he will be able to overtake Callum Wilson in the pecking order at Newcastle.
I am not too sure that Newcastle United would be the right destination for Elijah Adebayo, especially with expectations soaring in the North East since the takeover.
The 23-year-old is a player who has an incredibly high ceiling and certainly has the potential to operate in the Premier League, but a move now is a bit too premature.
Adebayo has barely been playing regular Championship football a year, and at this point last year, he was still in League Two.
The forward’s physical attributes, combined with his clever feet, make him an appealing prospect, and it is clear to see why a Premier League club are interested, but ultimately, I do not think he is ready for the top tier just yet, especially a club who expect a lot like Newcastle.