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Newcastle United need to break bank to sign Andy Carroll or Charlie Austin

Andy Carroll (left) celebrates scoring against Liverpool
Andy Carroll (left) celebrates scoring against Liverpool

‘Consistency’ has been the buzz word around Newcastle the past week as manager Steve McClaren believes that the team are displaying a consistent overall performance during our last handful of matches – which he seems to be more than happy with.

Unfortunately I’m going to have to disagree; the only things that has been consistent in our last three games are the missed chances, missed opportunities and the scoreline – 1-0 defeats in every game.

The team travelled to the capital at the weekend in an attempt to perform a miracle by defeating high-flying Arsenal. Most didn’t give Newcastle a chance, and rightly so, but by 5pm on Saturday evening we were all left scratching our heads as to how we ended up on the end of our third consecutive defeat.

As we all hear over and over again by the TV commentators is that a sign of a good team is one who “wins ugly” and that more than sums up how Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal took all three points.

Once again the chances were there for United, at times put on a plate for those in front of goal, but just like our games against Everton and West Bromich Albion, amazingly we failed to find the back of the net, with Alexandra Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum blundering perfect opportunities to put Newcastle ahead.

So surely a proven goal scorer with Premier League experience is a top priority during this transfer window and it won’t come as a surprise to anyone to find out that QPR’s Charlie Austin and West Ham’s Andy Carroll are once again linked with a move to Tyneside.

With a combined total of over 50 Premier League goals, both frontmen have that crucial experience which some fans would say is desperately needed right now.

Austin who is currently linked with every struggling top flight club, netted an impressive 18 goals in 35 appearances as QPR failed to remain in the Premier League last season.

He committed his future to Rangers in the summer but with just six months left on his current contract can United bring him in sooner rather than later?

Or will ex-No 9 Carroll be persuaded with a move back home if Newcastle come up with the cash?

Either player would be an improvement in my opinion, and I’d certainly encourage NUFC to go all out to put either in the black and white striped shirt.