With the transfer window set to close in less than one week most teams have made improvements to their squads from last season. Newcastle are no different, although they haven’t improved much, compared to their rivals. The Magpies have added some much needed depth to their squad from last campaign. I take a closer look into what each player will bring to Newcastle’s team.
Dubravka was an unknown and uninspiring signing last January; however he is now a firm fan favourite amongst the Geordies. The Slovakian international is entering his prime years as a ‘Keeper and this is a huge bonus for Newcastle. Dubravka will bring calmness and communication to a sometimes worrying Newcastle defence. Dubravka is the perfect fit for Newcastle, he is passionate and gives 110% every game, which is all the Geordies asks for at Newcastle.
The big Swiss centre half is a different type of defender, compared to skipper Jamaal Lascelles. Schar is a ball playing centre back who likes to run with the ball and look for a killer pass through the middle. His play style is very similar to Florian Lejeune, who is out injured for six months or not. The Switzerland international could offer Jonjo Shelvey the opportunities to get further up the pitch if he is able to find a deadly pass into the final third. He’ll bring a new style of play and confidence to the defence in bringing the ball into midfield.
The South Korean captain is set to bring a new dimension to a strong Newcastle midfield. Being able to operate as a CM or further up the pitch, Ki will give manager Rafa Benitez options over the season. The versatile midfielder was used to bring the ball out of defence and into midfield quickly for south Korea, at the World Cup. However, his best position seems to be a box to box midfielder as he has the energy and stamina to last 90 minutes in most matches. This energy and versatility is something Newcastle lack as all their midfielders can play predominantly, just one position.
Definitely the most exciting and important signing for Newcastle this summer, the tricky Brazilian gave Newcastle a new way of playing from when he signed in January. The Chelsea loanee is going to be crucial for The Magpies this season as he has that creative spark that can get fans off their seats. He has the ability to turn a match on its head at any moment, which is what Newcastle need as they don’t have the players up front to make a game changing run in behind the defence. Kenedy will bring flare, excitement and energy to Newcastle as he prepares to play his first full season in the Premier League as a regular starter.
Muto is a very much unknown signing, which makes him that little bit more exciting. He comes with a great reputation from Germany in terms of his work rate and energy. However, his goal scoring record isn’t the greatest, which is why Rafa wanted another striker as well as Muto. He seems like a Rafa type of player; energetic, quick and willing to work hard for the team. He’ll allow Newcastle to press higher up the pitch with his pace and stamina, as well as being an even quicker team on the counter attack,
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