Newcastle United are enjoying a fantastic Premier League campaign so far and there is no doubt Eddie Howe will be hoping the World Cup break won’t negatively affect his team’s phenomenal momentum when they return to action after Christmas.
The Magpies have only suffered one defeat this season and currently match Manchester City for the fewest goals conceded in the entire league whilst occupying a spot inside the top four in 3rd.
As a result, the Newcastle manager will be looking to the January transfer window to strengthen his squad to make sure that they can retain their position in the league table and get ahead in their project by qualifying for the Champions League much sooner than imagined.
One player who has been linked with a move to Tyneside and could be the perfect signing to help the team achieve their dreams of a return to European football is Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.
The talented player will likely attract the attention of the powers at St James’ Park during his World Cup campaign with Belgium in Qatar after already displaying his quality in the league despite the Foxes’ struggles during their Premier League campaign so far.
Over 15 appearances, the £25m ace – who was hailed a “wonderful talent” by Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers – has scored three goals, registered one assist and created five big chances, as well as averaging 1.2 key passes, 2.3 tackles and winning 4.1 duels per game.
In fact, Howe could sign his very own Thiago Alcantara with the Liverpool star one of the most comparable players to Tielemans according to FBref, which has been proven in their output this season so far.
The similarities the two midfielders possess closely include their pass completion rate (84.5% v 86.6%), tackles and interceptions completed (46 v 32) and dribble success rate (53.8% v 60%), as per FBref.
Should Newcastle sign Youri Tielemans?
Tielemans’ ability to be effective in both defensive and attacking play makes him the perfect fit to occupy a role in the centre of the pitch at St James’ Park alongside the likes Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff two players who have been thriving in Howe’s team this season.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Tielemans would be a great signing for Newcastle and could be a valuable asset in the club’s pursuit to bring success and trophies to the club over the coming seasons ahead.