This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Charlton Athletic striker Macauley Bonne may only be six months into his Valley career, but he could soon be on the move with Newcastle United just one of the clubs considering a transfer move for the 24-year-old hotshot, according to a report on talkSPORT.
Bonne arrived at Charlton in the summer having scored 45 goals in 90 appearances for Leyton Orient after two seasons at Brisbane Road, and has gone onto to score six in 14 since arriving at the Valley.
So would Bonne be a good fit at Newcastle and is he good enough for the Premier League?
“This is an interesting one. He looks a good option long term but perhaps not what Steve Bruce’s side need now.
“Bonne has impressed me in Lyle Taylor’s absence but I’m not sure he is up to Premier League standard yet, so Newcastle will need to be patient if they do sign him.
“Things have not started well for summer signing Joelinton, who has just one league goal, and you feel Newcastle may be looking for an alternative in January.
“At 24, Bonne has time to develop into a Premier League player but I’m not sure he’s there yet, so if they look upon this as a short-term fix I think it’s a big risk.”
“This could turn out to be an incredibly shrewd signing by Steve Bruce if Newcastle can convince Bonne to make the switch to St. James’ Park in January.
“After initially making a slow start to life at Charlton, the forward has burst into life in recent months during the absence of his team-mate Lyle Taylor.
“Having already scored six goals for the Addicks, Bonne will be determined to deliver the goods in the Championship over the festive period.
“Providing that the former Leyton Orient man is able to continue his fine form, it may be worth Newcastle taking a risk on him as he could offer something different compared to Andy Carroll and Joelinton.”
Is Macauley Bonne good enough for the Premier League?
“I think there are better options out there for Steve Bruce if he wants to bring in a new forward in January.
“Bonne was obviously excellent in the National League for Leyton Orient last term, and I am really surprised that he’s hit the ground running in the Championship as I thought the step up would be too much.
“But I just don’t see why Newcastle would be interested in Bonne – they already have many options to choose from in their final third, and he isn’t really an upgrade on what they have already.
“He should look to stay at Charlton regardless of interest from the Premier League. He is playing regularly for the Addicks, but I couldn’t see him getting regular game-time at St. James’ Park.”