Newcastle want £25million striker who Shearer called ‘excellent’ with both feet in 2017

Newcastle are keen to sign Alvaro Morata with doubts over his future this summer – player Alan Shearer once said he thought he was “excellent” with both feet and in the air.

Morata, 29, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid. He chose to return to the Old Lady in the summer of 2020, after a previous stint with Juve. He has since scored 32 goals in two seasons.

A decent comeback, especially considering he’s also had 21 assists during that time. But Juventus are unwilling to pay the £25million needed to make his move permanent, and he has one year left on his Atleti contract.

Previous reports claim that Arsenal are ‘close’ to completing a move worth £25million for Morata. But now Newcastle have entered the fray. In 2017, Shearer was full of praise in quotes published by The Star.

“I know he has an injury now but, up until last weekend, he had a great start,” Shearer said of Morata’s first days at Chelsea. “He looked strong, scored goals both with his head [and feet].

“Not much has been said about Diego Costa’s absence at Chelsea. And that will tell you how well Morata did. ‘If he had come in and been poor, the conversation would have been about Costa. That’ got pretty quiet for Costa.

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Newcastle want Morata: Shearer thinks he’s ‘excellent’

Would Morata be a good recruit? In the end, his time at Chelsea didn’t go as planned. He’s been excellent at Juventus over the past two seasons, although he’s been overshadowed by Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Indeed, 53 goalscoring commitments over two seasons are nothing to sniff at. A move to Arsenal would see him start, as would Newcastle. But he has already failed in the Premier League. Serie A suits him well.

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