Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Newcastle United Join The Race For This Serie A Veteran: Is He A Good Option For Benitez?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Newcastle United have started their new campaign in the top flight with a loss at the hands of the runner-ups from the last season, Tottenham Hotspur, by 2-0. The Magpies are well aware of the fact the forthcoming times are going to offer them no relaxation whatsoever and they have to put together a team that can be able to take on the challenges head on throughout the season.

Rafa Benitez, the man in charge, has been more than disappointed with the lack of activity in the summer transfer window and is looking to bring in players who will contribute in making the season a good one and survive the scare of going down to the Championship once again. The Spaniard has been eyeing a number of defensive options, including new goalkeepers, and has been interested in the Greek shot-stopper Orestis Karnezis, who is currently playing for the Italian outfit Udinese.

The 32-year-old has been an integral part of his current side, which he joined way back in 2013 and has already featured in 110 matches for them. He has 24 clean sheets to his name in this period and has been one of the highly rated players in the Serie A over the past few years.

The Greek international, who has also spent a considerable amount of time at Panathinaikos before moving to the Italian Serie A, has been considered as a viable option to safeguard the goal for the new season at St James Park. Benitez, who was the former manager of the Italian club Napoli, is well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of Karnezis and might utilise him in the right way in case he gets him at his disposal in the forthcoming days.

Known for his leadership quality and remarkable ball handling skills, the Greek international has been one of the best goalkeepers his country has ever produced. The custodian is always ready to tackle even the hardest of situations and get his team into a comfortable position with his ability with the gloves. The player has been a very important part of the Udinese line-up over the last few years and it will be really hard for the Italian club if they have to let go of the player in the ongoing transfer market.

Apart from his goalkeeping qualities, the player is known for his ability to marshal the side well. The 32-year-old can definitely be an important inclusion in the Newcastle side and help make it difficult for their opponents to score goals against them in the forthcoming days.

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