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Forget it Benitez – Newcastle are better off without signing this 24-year-old Bundesliga star and here is why

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Newcastle United Opinion: Patrick Erras would be an underwhelming signing

According to claims from German publication Bild, Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Nurnberg midfielder Patrick Erras, with manager Rafael Benitez reportedly looking to bolster his midfield options.

The same report claims that a host of clubs in Germany and England are interested in snapping up the 24-year-old in a bargain deal at the end of the season, with Nurnberg fighting for their lives in the Bundesliga and Erras out of contract in 2020.

A product of Nurnberg’s youth system, Erras made his debut in the German second tier in the 2015-16 season and played a key role in the club’s promotion-winning campaign in the Bundesliga 2 last season. However, the holding midfielder has managed only 8 starts in his first season in the top flight and has failed to live up to the expectations.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle should make it a top priority to convince manager Rafael Benitez to sign a new contract at Tyneside following a series of impressive results.

The Magpies currently find themselves 15th in the standings, 10 points clear of the relegation zone, and Benitez deserves all the credit for turning the club’s fortunes around after a calamitous start to the season.

Newcastle have shown strong signs of promise under the stewardship of Benitez in the second half of the campaign and the hierarchy need to provide the manager with ample funds to build a squad capable of challenging for better things in the Premier League.

They have done well to beat the drop this time around but a club of Newcastle’s stature should look beyond just avoiding relegation.

Benitez is likely to bring in a few fresh faces to add depth to his midfield options if he stays beyond the current season. Isaac Hayden has been an influential presence for the Magpies in the midfield, while youngster Sean Longstaff showcased his ability to make an impact at the highest level before being sidelined with an injury.

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Hayden, though, looks likely to depart the club due to family issues (h/t Sun) and the futures of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame are still very much up in the air. Shelvey has lost his place in the first-team and has been linked with a move to West Ham, while the club is reluctant to meet Diame’s demand for a long-term contract (h/t Daily Star).

With Diame, Shelvey and Hayden facing uncertain futures at Tyneside, Newcastle would need to dip into the transfer window for alternatives.

However, Patrick Erras is not the kind of player who would give Newcastle an upgrade on either of their existing options.

The German has failed to nail down a regular starting spot in a relegation-threatened club and it is hard to see how would be an ideal replacement for someone like Hayden, who has been a tireless worker and a key contributor for the Magpies in central midfield.

Erras is still young and might be available for a measly amount in the summer but Newcastle should look at better players if they really want to challenge for a top-half finish next term.

Moreover, Erras has an unimpressive pass accuracy percentage of 74.8 in the Bundesliga, which wouldn’t please too many fans at Tyneside. The German has shown nothing to convince that he can be a first-team Premier League player at a mid-table club and making a move for him would make little sense for Newcastle.

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Newcastle should look to invest in proven Premier League players or promising youngsters who have made an impression elsewhere in a bid to bolster their ranks. That said, they should drop their interest in the struggling German midfielder.

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“He was unstoppable”, “What a guy”: Some Newcastle fans praise this star after 3-1 win vs Southampton + Match Report

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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.

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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.

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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 an incredible match for Ayoze Perez! He was unstoppable 💪💪 #NEWSOU #PL
— Paulo Cenicante (@cenicante) April 20, 2019

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

#wardprowse with the most cynical foul this season and only a yellow, booooom #NEWSOU #coyr #saintsfc #southampton pic.twitter.com/MMqZLLPFK0
— Vegan Skinhead Ⓥ (@VeganSkinhead) April 20, 2019

That game was ABSOLUTELY HUGE so proud to be a Geordie tonight in Rafa we trust #NEWSOU
— Sean White (43313) (@seanwhite89) 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

#NEWSOU Newcastle 3-1 Southampton

Very, very good game. Wouldn’t have minded if had gone on into the hot Easter night.
— Henry Wellington (@NomenChanX) April 20, 2019

Very impressive again @AyozePG 🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️ @premierleague team of the week for you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #NEWSOU— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 20, 2019

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Here are 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle should look to sign in the summer – including Bournemouth duo

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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. 

Dwight McNeil

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: 

Dwight McNeil 

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.

David Brooks and Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser 

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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David Brooks 

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.

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7 goals, 5 assists – Newcastle would bag a massive coup £11.5m Welsh ace from PL rivals and here is why

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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