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3 goals, 4 assists – Newcastle would massively solve left-back woes by signing this fiery 29-year-old defender

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Newcastle United Opinion: Why the Magpies should sign Kieran Gibbs?

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Newcastle United want to sign three players from West Brom, including current loanee Salomon Rondon, midfielder Jake Livermore and left-back Kieran Gibbs.

Rondon, 29, has been a hit at Newcastle United, impressing with his hold-up play and work-rate this season. He has managed 9 goals and five assists in 27 Premier League games which is an achievement considering the Magpies’ toothless attack. And while Rafael Benitez is planning to sign the Venezuelan permanently, the likes of Livermore and Gibbs are also summer transfer targets for Newcastle.

Speaking about Kieran Gibbs, the defender stayed loyal to West Brom following relegation to the Championship last summer. This season, he has shown why he has the quality and ability to easily play for one of the teams outside the ‘Big Six’. The 29-year-old has played 32 games in the Championship, scoring three goals and supplying four assists.

Thus, Newcastle United should make a move for Gibbs at the end of the season to solve their left-back woes.

Benitez signed Antonio Barreca in the January transfer window on loan from AS Monaco until the end of the season. Having quickly fallen out of favour at Monaco following a summer switch from Torino, the Newcastle United boss took advantage of bringing Barreca to Tyneside to strengthen his options at left-back.

However, the Italian has remarkably played just four minutes for the Magpies, coming on as a substitute against Tottenham just days after signing for the Premier League club. He hasn’t got a look in the last couple of months and is already a forgotten man at St. James’ Park. Given how Matt Ritchie is performing in a makeshift left-back role, it’s understandable why Barreca hasn’t got the game time he wanted.

But things should change next season if the Magpies are to do well in the Premier League. Ritchie should play in his preferred position and Benitez must bring in a natural left-back to compete with the injury-prone Paul Dummett. Kieran Gibbs should be a fantastic choice, given his experience and style of play.

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Blessed with good pace, energy and crossing ability, Gibbs possesses the quality to play for a Premier League side. The former Arsenal man would add some much-needed quality and experience to the Newcastle backline, whilst bringing competition to Dummett.

Verdict

Given the fact that he has made 170 Premier League appearances, Gibbs should be a superb addition to the Newcastle backline. He has the qualities to thrive in Benitez’s system and make it big at St. James’ Park.

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Newcastle United signing this €35m-rated midfielder starring in the Ligue 1 would help them soar to greater heights

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Newcastle United Opinion: Why the Magpies should go for Morgan Sanson?

According to a report from France Football, Newcastle United, West Ham and Wolves have been offered the chance to sign Marseille midfield ace, Morgan Sanson.

Marseille are willing to listen to offers for some of their players after they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Sanson, who the Ligue 1 outfit value at around €35m, bagged five goals and three assists in 33 games last season.

That being said, Newcastle must attempt to beat the likes of Wolves and West Ham to the signing of Sanson.

Rafael Benitez is out of contract at the end of this month and it’s important for the Magpies board to sort out the manager’s future first before jumping on to signing players this summer.

Although Newcastle were relegated when Benitez first took charge, he led them to automatic promotion in his first attempt, before 10th and 13th placed finishes in the Premier League. Should the Spaniard commits his future at St. James’ Park, his aim will be to help the club break into the top 10 next term.

Newcastle already broke their transfer record in the January transfer window by signing Miguel Almiron from Atalanta United and they’ll need to stump up more cash to help the manager achieve the objectives. The board has to be ambitious if they want to see the Magpies improve next term, with the midfield and attacking department requiring bolstering.

Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey’s future remain up in the air, while Newcastle have released Mohamed Diame. Sean Longstaff broke into the team last season before an injury curtailed his progress. Ki Sung-yeung is a decent player but Benitez needs more creativity and energy from midfield to ease the burden from his forwards.

That makes Morgan Sanson such a brilliant fit at Newcastle. Sanson has been a consistent performer in Ligue 1 in recent years and is a versatile player that is adept at operating in different positions across the midfield.

A very good passer of the ball, the Frenchman can be an attacking threat and at the same time produce the goods from a defensive aspect.

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The 24-year-old can dribble with the ball from deep, drive his team forward and also come up with crucial goals. He’d add creativity, energy and thrust to a Newcastle midfield which has often looked a little one-paced in recent times.

Benitez would certainly love a player of Sanson’s qualities and expect the Frenchman to deliver consistently at St. James’ Park.

Verdict

Newcastle need quality players all over the pitch and signing the versatile Sanson would represent a massive coup.

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Newcastle United’s goalkeeping unit would be in safe hands if they sign this rising 19-year-old Scottish prodigy

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Newcastle United Opinion: Jon McCracken could prove to be a good long-term prospect for the Magpies

According to The Shields Gazette, Newcastle United are eyeing a raid on newly-promoted outfit Norwich City for 19-year-old goalkeeper Jon McCracken.

The Scottish youth international is yet to make his senior competitive bow for the Canaries but he was a regular with the U-23 side in the Premier League 2 this past season.

The 19-year-old made 13 appearances for Norwich City U-23s in the Premier League 2 in the previous campaign, conceding 34 goals and managing a solitary clean sheet in the process.

A youth product of Scottish club Hamilton Academical, McCracken was brought in to Carrow Road by former Norwich manager Alex Neil back in 2016. Since then, the youngster has been a regular with the club’s reserve side, as well as training with the first-team, alongside the likes of Tim Krul and Michael McGovern.

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Well, not much is known about McCracken, who has represented Scotland at U-16 and U-17 levels, but Newcastle must have seen something in the young shot-stopper that has convinced them to firm up their interest in him.

The 19-year-old is yet to make his senior professional debut for the Canaries, but given that he is highly-rated in the academy and a regular with the U-23 side, it probably won’t be a bad idea for Newcastle to go ahead with a deal.

The Shields Gazette claims that Magpies manager Rafael Benitez will be looking to overhaul his goalkeeping options this summer if he stays beyond his current contract, which is supposed to expire at the end of June.

The report suggests that the Spaniard is willing to let former No.1 Rob Elliot depart the club, while Karl Darlow has also been deemed surplus to demands. England U-21 shot-stopper Freddie Woodman is expected to earn a new deal at Tyneside and continue as an understudy to No.1 Martin Dubravka next season.

Newcastle are currently quite well-stocked in the goalkeeping department, with the likes of Darlow, Dubravka, Woodman and Elliot in their ranks. However, an overhaul of options between the sticks this summer involving the likes of Darlow and Elliot would see the Magpies lose considerable cover in that area of the pitch.

Hence, they would need to bring in another goalkeeper, possibly a young and talented one, to maintain the right kind of balance in their squad.

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Yet to make his senior debut for Norwich, Jon McCracken is very much an unknown entity to the fans at Tyneside, but bringing him in for a thrifty fee won’t do Newcastle much harm.

Should Dubravka and Woodman be left to vie for the No.1 role in the first-team next season, Newcastle would also need to ensure that they have the right kind of competition for places in their reserve side. And that is exactly where someone like McCracken would fit in.

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Newcastle have already released Otto Huuhtanen at the reserve level and McCracken, with his experience of playing in the Premier League 2, would provide good competition for Nathan Harker.

The club’s interest in the 19-year-old is unlikely to create too much noise amongst the fans at Tyneside but it could prove to be a piece of shrewd business, nevertheless.

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After Miguel Almiron’s success, Newcastle United must gamble and sign this 22-year-old playmaking genius

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Newcastle United Opinion: Almiron’s success should prompt the Magpies to play a gamble of Jefferson Savarino

According to Sky Sports, Premier League duo Newcastle United and West Ham have been credited with an interest in Venezuelan playmaker Jefferson Savarino, who currently plies his trade with Real Salt Lake in the MLS.

The 22-year-old is currently representing Venezuela at the Copa America and Sky Sports understands that both the clubs had scouts in attendance to watch the talented playmaker in action against Brazil on Wednesday, although he never came off the bench in his nation’s 0-0 draw.

The same source claims that Savarino is likely to be available for a fee of around £6 million this summer, meaning that the Premier League clubs might as well look at him as somewhat of a bargain signing.

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Savarino has been in a decent run of form for Real Salt Lake in the ongoing 2019 season of the MLS, having already registered 3 goals and an assist in 13 appearances till date.

Currently, in his third season in the MLS, the 22-year-old has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the best emerging attacking midfielders in the league over the years.

Given that Miguel Almiron earned a big-money move to the Premier League six months back, a move across the Atlantic certainly doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility for the Venezuelan this summer.

A youth product of Venezuelan club Zulia, Savarino racked up 23 goals and 12 assists in 53 appearances for his boyhood club in all competitions before joining MLS outfit Real Salt Lake on loan in 2017.

The youngster was an instant hit in the United States in his very first season and his tally of 6 goals and 5 assists in 22 league outings prompted Real Salt Lake to make his stay permanent.

Savarino never looked back and gradually went from strength to strength in the subsequent campaigns, establishing himself as one of the most exciting players in his team.

The 22-year-old has quite an impressive record in the MLS, having amassed 16 goals and 18 assists in 70 appearances for Real Salt Lake in all competitions till date.

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Noted for his ambidextrous nature as a footballer, Savarino is essentially a right-winger by trade but he is also capable of operating out wide on the left and through the centre in a No.10 role behind the striker.

A sharp, agile and energetic presence down the flanks, the Venezuelan combines his lightning pace and quick acceleration with his silky dribbling skills to cut inside from the wide areas, whilst also possessing a good eye for key passes in the final third.

Standing at just 5ft.7 inches with a diminutive frame, Savarino is blessed with the gift of low centre-of-gravity, which allows him to keep good close control down the wide areas.

However, according to statistics, the 22-year-old averages 2.6 moments of bad control per game, whilst also being dispossessed 1.7 times on an average.

Those figures paint the picture of a pretty wasteful player and the youngster clearly needs to work on those things if he is to make an impact in a more competitive league, such as the Premier League.

Taking about his strengths, the Venezuelan averages 2.4 dribbles, 1 key pass and 2.9 shots per game, whilst also drawing 2 fouls on an average. Hence, it is quite clear from those numbers that Savarino likes to take defenders on and he is a bit of an unpredictable player, which is quite natural at the age of 22.

To put things into perspective, Newcastle will once again need to focus on cost-effective signings should Mike Ashley retain his ownership.

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However, the success of Miguel Almiron at Tyneside should prompt the club to look at a few more talented players in the MLS, and given that Savarino isn’t going to cost them a fortune, it won’t be a bad idea for them to bring him in this summer as a long-term prospect.

With question marks lingering over the future of West Brom loanee Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, Newcastle need to look at other options in the market.

Savarino is not the finished article by any means but the 22-year-old is still in the developmental stage of his career and has a lot of time to make significant improvements to his game.

Also, the Magpies need to act quickly and sort out the future of manager Rafael Benitez, who is out-of-contract very soon.

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Chelsea loanee Robert Kenedy has returned to his parent club, while Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy have not done an awful lot in recent times, meaning that Newcastle need to look for fresh options down that right-hand side.

Savarino might not be a world-beater but he has the potential to develop and splashing out £6 million won’t be much of a gamble for Newcastle.

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