Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has negated claims that the club are interested in the young Benfica striker, the Spaniard Rodrigo. While rumours were rife that Pardew is looking to bolster his attack to cover for the paucity of resources at St. James Park, Pardew asserted that it’s just a story cooked up by the media and he has no truck with such gossip.
While speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew said on the particular speculation: “That, as far as I am concerned, is not true.”
The Benfica striker has been on a scoring spree in club and junior international levels, hammering 12 goals in 10 appearances for Spain under-21 team, and scoring regularly at the Estadio da Luz. Crucially, he possesses experiences of playing in the rough and tumble of the Premiership as he had spent a season on loan at Bolton Wanderers (albeit without much success).
Newcaste’s season have been plagued by a raft of injuries with the core of Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse all seating out for considerable period of time. Faced with a minimal squad, Pardew and co. is being linked to any young talent in England and continental Europe. It would be crucial for the scouting personnel at Newcastle to pick and choose the right talent to guide the side to a decent finish in the Premiership and a Europa League birth.