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Newcastle United Set To Reignite Interest For Benfica Midfielder: What Will He Add To Benitez’s Team?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are ready to revive their interest for Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris ahead of a potential move during the January transfer window. The same report states that the Greek midfielder would be a free agent at the end of this campaign which means that he could be available for a cut-price fee next month.

Newcastle United’s Lack Of Depth

The Magpies are in dire need of some fresh faces in January as Rafael Benitez’s current squad is clearly lacking in depth. The Tyneside giants could be dragged into a relegation dogfight if they opt against strengthening their squad in the winter transfer period.

Samaris’ Limited Game Time This Season

Samaris has been a sporadic feature for Benfica during the course of this campaign, only making four appearances across multiple competitions. He is in dire need of more first-team opportunities which Benitez can provide at St. James’ Park. 

Numbers Tell The Story

Since his switch from Olympiakos in the summer of 2014, the Greek international has featured in 139 matches for Benfica, scoring three goals while providing seven assists. The 29-year-old has also earned 32 international caps for the Greek national team and has one goal to his name for his nation.

What Will The Greek Midfielder Add To Benitez’s Side?

The Greek talent is physically imposing and has a habit of dominating the midfield against the ‘lesser teams’ mainly because of his aerial prowess. He primarily operates as a defensive midfielder and can make crucial interceptions by sensing out the danger on time. 

The addition of Samaris will undoubtedly bolster Rafa Benitez’s midfield options at St. James’ Park. The Magpies currently have the likes of Ki Sung-yueng, Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diamé vying for a place in Benitez’s starting XI. The potential acquisition of the Greek international will add a lot of quality to the Newcastle midfield which could make them a harder team to beat.


It makes sense for the Magpies to go back in for the Benfica midfielder as he would increase competition for places within the Magpies squad and help them avoid the drop this season.

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