Why Newcastle must sign Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax this summer
Premier League club Newcastle United have made an enquiry for Ajax’s Argentine defender Nicolas Tagliafico, who had a terrific season in the Eredivisie. The Dutch club have slapped a price tag of around £8m, which might be too much for the Magpies to pay this summer.
Manager Rafa Benitez is an admirer of the left-back and has kept close tabs on the player for some time now. However, with Newcastle still in the market to buy a striker, a defender to replace injured Florian Lejeune and a No.10, there is less chance for the Spaniard to find funds to purchase Tagliafico.
Here’s everything you need to know about the player and why Benitez was so keen to get him to backup/replace Paul Dummett:
Player Analysis – Nicolas Tagliafico
Age – 25
Main Positions – Central Defender, Left-back
Tagliafico is a fantastic all-around defender who boasts of a nice blend of defensive sturdiness and an acute eye for incisive passing. He is physically well-built to win aerial duels, doing so at an average of 2.3 per game, and shrugs off attackers in the blink of an eye. The 25-year-old is an imperious passer of the ball, recording an average of 84.2% with a key pass rate of 1 per game.
Tagliafico doesn’t shy away from making tackles and he often steps up to intercept a particular attack at an average of 2 per game. Those are impressive numbers which epitomize his propensity to impact the game on both sides of the field.
The Argentine also likes to dribble past defenders to open up spaces for a pass or a cross. No wonder Benitez is interested in him and wanted to have him in his Newcastle squad. Tagliafico is the perfect example of a player who is always giving 100% on the pitch, which sometimes leads a bit of rashness but that’s all part of the game.
When Rafa Benitez is an admirer of a particular player, one should believe that he is a good asset to football. Tagliafico is exactly what the Spaniard wants from a defender – he is tenacious, sturdy and an accurate passer.
This will be a perfect move for Newcastle if they manage to pay what Ajax are asking, which looks like a tall order for now.
Stats Courtesy – Who Scored.com (Stats from the games he played for Ajax)
“He was unstoppable”, “What a guy”: Some Newcastle fans praise this star after 3-1 win vs Southampton + Match Report
Premier League Match Report: Newcastle United 3-1 Southampton
Newcastle United claimed all three points and climbed up to 12th in the Premier League standings with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Southampton at St. James’ Park on Saturday, as Ayoze Perez scored his first ever hat-trick for the Magpies.
Perez once again proved why he has been the best signing of the Mike Ashley era at Tyneside with another superb display in front of goal, becoming the first Newcastle player to score a hat-trick since Geroginio Wijnaldum in 2015. The Spaniard hit the double figure mark in the Premier League for the first time, his personal best since his move to the north-east of England back in 2014.
High on confidence after that 1-0 victory over Leicester City last week, Newcastle started the game on a positive note and stamped their authority over the visitors. Southampton were rampant in the 3-1 victory over Wolves last week but the Saints had absolutely no answer to Newcastle’s dominance in the first half.
Hasenhuttl’s side were clearly the second-best in all areas of the pitch in the first forty-five minutes as Newcastle continued to throw caution to the winds. Perez opened the scoring with a clinical finish from a tight angle in the 27th minute before Salomon Rondon set him up for the second goal.
Rondon whipped in just the perfect cross from the left to find the run of Perez, who got in front of Ryan Bertrand to make it 2-0. It could have been worse for Southampton had the referee sent James Ward-Prowse off for a foul on Miguel Almiron, as the Englishman apparently made an attempt to stop a dangerous-looking Newcastle counter-attack.
2-0 down and away from home, Southampton needed something extraordinary to get themselves back into the game and Hasenhuttl brought on the likes of Mario Lemina and Stuart Armstrong to turn things around. The Saints, indeed, came out in the second half with a point to prove and put more pressure on the home side with some relentless attacking play.
Ki-sung Yueng’s long-range effort cannoned back off the post early in the second half but it was the visitors who reaped just rewards for their sustained pressure. Nathan Redmond passed it on to Mario Lemina, who found the net with the neat bottom-corner finish to pull one back for Saints.
Isaac Hayden, who had a wonderful first half, drew a brilliant save from Angus Gunn with a perfectly struck volley from outside the box. However, Southampton had a wonderful chance to draw level soon after and the Saints would have been right back in the game had Maya Yoshida managed to keep his effort on target.
Southampton continued to pile on the pressure but they just snapped at their chances and weren’t clinical enough on the day, while Newcastle deserve all the credit for holding their own at the back. Rondon had his header cleared off the line by Ward-Prowse but it was Perez who capped off a well-deserved win with his third goal in the 86th minute.
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Rafael Benitez showed plenty of enthusiasm in his technical area and guided his team to their 11th victory of the season. No wonder the fans at Tyneside were signing their manager’s praises.
Twitter Reactions from Newcastle fans
What a guy @AyozePG congrats on your first hat trick for us thoroughly deserved. ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️⚫️ join a list of greats achieving that at SJP. Wor @alanshearer will be as buzzing as the rest of us #toontoonblackandwhitearmy #NEWSOU
— Sara Colclough (@SaraColclough) April 20, 2019
#NEWSOU The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call him Rafa the gaffer
— Henry wellington (@NomenChanX) April 20, 2019
Here are 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle should look to sign in the summer – including Bournemouth duo
Newcastle United Opinion: Magpies must sign these 3 vital players
Newcastle United started the Premier League season with a lot of lofty ambitions and dreams. But as it turned out, the harsh reality of the English game didn’t let them get anywhere near their pre-season targets and this was mainly because of the wave of injuries they suffered along the course of the season.
A variety of their star players including the likes of Jonjo Shelley, Mo Diame, Kenedy and Paul Dummett spent prolonged spells on the sideline which certainly didn’t help Rafa Benitez’s cause and managed to put him under a bit of added pressure as well.
With most of the season now behind us, a quick look back at their season and it could well be branded a successful one considering the apparent inability they showed to score goals in the first part of the season, despite the presence of Salomon Rondon.
The winter signing of Paraguayan star Miguel Almiron has certainly been a massive success and considering all of this, it’s quite silly to see that Newcastle haven’t been targeting to reach greater heights. With young players like Ayoze Perez and Christian Atsu to push the team forward, there is a bright future ahead.
The purchase of a couple of high quality players is definitely going to be necessary considering the toll that the injury wave took on them earlier in the season. According to exclusive reports from the Daily Star, Newcastle managed Rafa Benitez has created a shortlist of three players that he wishes to lure to St.James’ Park at the end of the season.
As suggested by reports, Rafa has added Burnley’s young sensation Dwight McNeil to wish list of summer signing which already included the names of Bournemouth stars Ryan Fraser and David Brooks. With such a massive overhaul planned at the Toon, Rafa could be taking Newcastle into the next phase of the long history.
Here are the 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle are looking to sign in the summer:
The Burnley youngster has been a sensation since bursting onto the Premier League scene earlier in the season and since then, his stock has been skyrocketing.
Still only 19, the Clarets’ prized possession has been showing off his amazing talents off late and it’s no surprise that the bigger teams have begun to ask questions about the 3-goal star.
Fraser’s season has been one to behold as it seems like he just keeps going from strength to strength. Yet to miss a game in the league this season, Fraser’s contribution to Eddie Howe’s side have been commendable while his numbers which read 7 goals and 11 assists are the stuff of dreams for a young Scot as well.
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Another young talent being nurtured and developed by Eddie Howe at the Vitality Stadium, Brooks has been a revelation since coming to the fore when the Cherries needed him most earlier in the season.
Since making the starting role his own, his performance levels have gone up and his record of 7 goals and 5 assists means that the 21-year-old’s value is on the up as well.
7 goals, 5 assists – Newcastle would bag a massive coup £11.5m Welsh ace from PL rivals and here is why
Newcastle United Opinion: Magpies should sign David Brooks this summer
According to the Daily Star, Newcastle United are interested in signing Bournemouth attacker David Brooks, with manager Rafael Benitez understood to be keen on bringing the Welsh starlet to Tyneside in the summer.
The same report claims that Newcastle also want to bring in Brooks’ teammate Ryan Fraser in a bid to add more depth and firepower to their attacking ranks.
David Brooks has been a revelation in the Premier League this season for Bournemouth and has emerged as one of the breakout stars in the top-flight following his £11.5 million move from Sheffield United last summer.
The 21-year-old Welsh international has caught the eye of several top clubs with his consistently impressive displays for the Cherries, netting 7 goals and assisting a further 5 in just 28 appearances.
Newcastle’s links with Brooks and Fraser should be a piece of welcome news to the fans at Tyneside, who would be hoping for some young and exciting talent to arrive in the summer.
The Magpies currently sit 15th in the Premier League standings and Benitez has been instrumental in guiding the club to safety following a dismal start to the campaign. Salomon Rondon has been a key contributor with his goals and assists up front but it remains to be seen whether both the manager and the player stay at the club beyond the end of the season.
In all honesty, David Brooks would be a wonderful signing for the Magpies both in terms of quality and resale value. He is still a very young player with loads of potential who would command a huge fee in the future if the club decides to cash in on him, though Bournemouth would not let him depart on the cheap after an impressive first season.
Mike Ashley will have to loosen his purse strings and beat off competition from a number of top clubs if he is really serious about the player.
The deal, if it materializes, would be a perfect start to the summer for Newcastle and certainly a huge coup for the Magpies. Brooks has the talent to emulate the success of his fellow countrymen Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale and Newcastle will have a real gem in their hands if they do manage to strike a deal for the youngster.
Brooks is a technically-gifted versatile attacking midfielder who is capable of playing through the centre in a No.10 role and also out wide on the right, owing to his left-footed nature.
Noted for his sharpness, agility, pace and acceleration, Brooks not only uses his trickery on the ball and quick feet to leave the opposition flat-footed but he is equally adept at creating chances with his creative passing and vision.
Adept at linking up with his teammates and a powerful striker of the ball with his left foot, Brooks would be the perfect man to a different dimension to Newcastle’s attack.
The Magpies need to get rid of some of their lacklustre attackers like Robert Kenedy, Christian Atsu, Rolando Aarons, Jacob Murphy and a few others to raise some valuable funds and free up space for someone like Brooks to come in.
Ayoze Perez has hit good form late in the season while January club-record signing Miguel Almiron is set to make a big impression. In the circumstances, the acquisition of a proven Premier talent like Brooks could work wonders for Benitez.
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Newcastle need to build a squad capable of challenging for a top-ten finish next season and Brooks is exactly the kind of player that they should be looking at.
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