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16 goals, 17 assists – Newcastle signing this 27-year-old Austrian star in January would be a smart coup

Beerschot's Raphael Holzhauser pictured in action during the Jupiler Pro League match between Beerschot VA and OH Leuven, Saturday 31 October 2020 in Antwerp, on day 11 of the 'Jupiler Pro League' first division of the Belgian soccer championship. BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM (Photo by KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Newcastle signing Raphael Holzhauser in January would be a fantastic coup

According to journalist Jeunes Footeaux via HITC (h/t Chronicle Live), Newcastle are looking to bring in Raphael Holzhauser on a bargain deal. The player has impressed with his performances last season, with Belgian club Beerschot helping them gain promotion. The same has continued this season, which has captured the attention of clubs like Newcastle and Hertha Berlin.

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Raphael Holzhauser is a 27-year-old Austrian midfielder who plays for Belgian club Beerschot VA. he started out his youth career at ATSV Teesdorf in 1999 and moved to SV Rapid Wien after 4 seasons. At Rapid, he spent most of his youth career, before signing up for VfB Stuttgart’s youth side.

In 2012, he was promoted to the senior side and he made 33 appearances for them. The following season, he was loaned out to Augsburg but could not get much game time. On his return, he continued playing for another season at Stuttgart before being signed by Austria Vienna in 2015.

ROME, ITALY – OCTOBER 20: Raphael Holzhauser of FK Austria Wien celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League match between AS Roma and FK Austria Wien at Olimpico Stadium on October 20, 2016 in Rome. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

He had his most prolonged spell there as he made close to 150 appearances for them, scoring 29 goals and assisting 33. Post that, a short spell at Grasshoppers followed, where he made 22 appearances. Following that, he was a free agent for a few months before Beerschot signed him.

It has turned out to be a fantastic move as he has played 43 games for them so far, scoring 16 goals and assisting 17 more. Holzhauser recently made his debut for Austria too.

Holzhauser can be a smart coup for Newcastle

While Newcastle may not exactly be short-staffed in midfield, they are short on quality though. Apart from Jonjo Shelvey, there is not much of a goal threat from any of the midfielders. The problem though is that Shelvey can drop a worldie one game and a stinker in the very next.

Beerschot’s Raphael Holzhauser pictured in action during a soccer game between Beerschot VA and KSV Roeselare, Friday 10 January 2020 in Antwerp, on day 21 of the ‘Proximus League’ 1B division of the Belgian soccer championship. (Photo by KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

This is where a signing like Holzhauser can slot in. A legitimate goal-scoring midfielder, he is an in-form midfielder right now. Newcastle are a decent side but need that extra bit of push for goals and creativity, which can be provided by the Austrian.

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With his deal running out in January, he can be a very good cut-price option for the Magpies in January itself. Yes, the Premier League is a huge step up from the Belgian league but this could well turn out to be a very shrewd bit of business on the club’s part.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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