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Why This Iceland International Would Be An Astute Addition For Newcastle United

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

After their promotion to the Premier League, Newcastle United have carved a stupendous start to their season as they have secured 9 points from their first 5 league outings and are placed at the 4th spot in the league table. The Magpies are looking ambitious under the tutelage of Rafael Benitez, and the summer transfer window was also very productive for them.

Newcastle United chalked out some stupendous deals during the summer transfer window as the likes of Daryl Murphy, Florian Lejeune, Javi Manquillo and Joselu were lured to St. James’ Park. However, as per one of the reports by The Sun, one of the players Benitez was keen to sign was Maccabi Tel Aviv’s striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson. Although the deal failed to cross the line, the Toon should make a move for him in the near future.

Kjartansson is renowned for his prolific goal scoring knack up front and his stocks are very highly rated owing to his predatory instincts inside the box. He has truckloads of experience under his belt and has the pedigree to lead any quality side. He was the top scorer in Israel last season, having smashed 15 league goals and his exploits in the final third make him an appealing commodity.

The Iceland international emerged through the youth ranks of Selfoss and was then promoted to their senior side. Eventually, he moved to a lot of clubs, including Jiangsu Sainty, Malmo FF and Fylkir. Over the course of his career, he has proved that he is a deadly finisher and can score plenty of goals, but then, the Premier League would be a completely new challenge for him.

An out-and-out striker with strong physical presence, Kjartansson is a frightening force in the air and is a major nuisance for the opposition’s defenders while dealing with the set-pieces. He toils relentlessly and does attempt to create chances for his teammates and score goals himself. Besides, he has the requisite pace in his legs to run past defenders and his passing and dribbling skills are also worth mentioning.

Further, he is a great threat during the counter attacks and he certainly adds a cutting edge up front in the tactical nous of his employers. The 27-year-old might lack the experience of the Premier League but despite that, he would be a good signing for the Geordies. Kjartansson was valued at £8million during the summer transfer window and frankly speaking, he would be a risk worth taking.

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