May 19, 2024

The Magpies want to keep Swedish attacker Isak at St James’ Park, and former Newcastle goalie Andy Cole is a strong supporter.
Andy Cole knows how to score goals. So when the former Newcastle United striker shares his thoughts on current goal hero Alexander Isak, it’s certainly worth listening to.

The Sweden forward is just one goal shy of 20 in all competitions for the Magpies this season, following in the footsteps of Cole, Alan Shearer, Demba Ba, and Callum Wilson as the St James’ Park hero. However, that record, along with the possibility that United may need to raise finances before spending owing to financial fair play and the Premier League’s profit and sustainability criteria, has led to speculation that the 24-year-old could join one of several clubs this summer.


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Arsenal has been linked with interest, but Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe is obviously eager to keep his greatest asset on Tyneside, and the player himself has stated that he is content at the club. Cole does not expect him to go just yet, but believes he would benefit any team, having been impressed by his contributions in black and white since his big-money arrival from Real Sociedad in 2022.

“If it’s true that they may need to sell him, then they will be bitterly disappointed to lose him,” Cole was quoted by Betfred. “I genuinely like Isak and think he’s a wonderful player, but his one flaw is his injury history. I don’t believe he’s played 10 games in a row, but if you could get him to play 10 to 15 games in a row, he could help any team because I think he’s so good.

“He’s gone to Newcastle, he’s done extremely well there, he’s scored goals and when he’s fit and playing well, he can play centre-forward, he can cut-in from the left, so if he does move on, which I would be very surprised to see, he would make any team better.”

Isak will look to score his 20th goal of the season when Tottenham visit St James’ Park on Saturday. The striker scored twice in Spurs’ 6-1 defeat nearly a year ago.


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