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Newcastle United Closing In On First Summer Signing From UCL Club: Good Move By Benitez?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to the latest reports from the Sun, Newcastle United can complete their first summer signing soon as Young Boys defender Loris Benito has flown to London to complete final talks regarding his move to St. James’ Park. The Young Boys left back is available on a free transfer as his contract with the Swiss heavyweights is set to expire.

Benito has been with the Young Boys since 2015, and he played a pivotal role for them this season as he made 42 appearances for his side in all competitions. The Swiss heavyweights romped towards the league title as they won the league by 20 points over their rivals FC Basel.

Newcastle United had used Matt Ritchie as a makeshift left back/ left wing back for the most parts last season. Ritchie is traditionally a winger, but his impressive work rate made Benitez turn him into a fullback. Paul Dummett, who is also a left-back, was often used as a left-sided centre back in a back five.

Therefore it seems like Benitez wants a specialist left back to come in and on a free transfer, Benito seems like a decent bet to us. The 27-year-old has the experience of playing in the Champions League, and he is also a two times Swiss international.

Reports from the Sun adds that Watford and Burnley were also monitoring him from England and Inter Milan and Bordeaux too were in the race. However, it seems likely that Benito might become Newcastle’s new owner’s first signing at the club.

Benito’s strengths

The left back’s stand out attribute is his pace and acceleration, and he can go up and down the flanks for the full game as he showcases impressive stamina. He also has that strength and agility which helps him defensively to keep opposition wingers at bay. 

Benito might have to improve on his crossing and link up play slightly, but his commitment and explosiveness could be crucial for the Toon. His experience of playing in the top European competitions with previous clubs like FC Zurich, Benfica and Young Boys will also come in handy.

Good signing for the Toon?

The fullback has previous experience of playing as a centre back as well as a left midfielder, so his versatility will also be a big plus for Benitez. Premier League is known for its physicality and fast tempo. Those are Benito’s strengths so his game should be perfect for the Premier League. Hopefully, from the club’s point of view, he would be able to settle in quickly at the Tyneside.

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