The Newcastle United Blog | Newcastle in a six-man battle for the young electric striker

With Newcastle priced out of moves for forwards, new targets are starting to emerge. Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee has hit the radar as he enters the final year of his contract with little chance of making an impact at the Allianz Arena.

90 minutes added another young striker at PSV Eindhoven, Noni Madueke, an England U21 international. The 20-year-old is followed by Newcastle with Leicester, Leeds, Everton, Spurs and Wolves.

Madueke left the Tottenham setup in 2018 to join PSV as a free agent. He was only 16 at the time. The striker came through the ranks at Eindhoven when they entered their first team a few seasons ago.

The London-born forward has racked up 70 appearances with 18 goals and 14 assists despite turning just 20 last March. He signed a new contract last summer and is tied until 2025.

Madueke usually plays on the right where he likes to cut inside on his preferred left foot. He is known for his excellent dribbling and pace, but has developed a keen eye for goal. In an interview with Sky Sports in April, he admitted a return to England was his next destination:

“I really want to play there next.

“Whether it’s this summer or whenever, for now, my focus is on the rest of the season. It’s definitely one of my ambitions to play there.

“I got a boost in my career playing a lot of games at a young age. I feel like I’ll be ready for every step I take.

Working under former Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt, who jumped from PSV to Benfica in the summer, has certainly helped Madueke’s progress. Schmidt’s teams rely on relentless pressure and attack, so Madueke will certainly fit into Eddie Howe’s system.

Here’s what Madueke said about her progress under Schmidt:

“He helped me with my job of losing possession, pressing and being connected to the other players on the pitch so I could get the ball back as quickly as possible. Two years later, I’m a bit more polished in my game. That’s the difference now.

“When you’re 18 coming into the first team you’re a bit raw. I’m probably a more decisive player than two years ago. My biggest strengths are still my speed and my dribbling, but I would say that my final product is also good now.

PSV managed to fend off Tottenham last summer but have to fight to keep Madueke this summer. He would be an amazing addition this summer if Newcastle can bring him in.

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