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Newcastle United To Fight With Wolves & Others For £15m Midfielder: Should Benitez Sign Him?

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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 Birmingham Live, Huddersfield Town’s midfielder Aaron Mooy is going to be available for £15m in the transfer market. The Terriers went down to the Championship after a dismal season but the Australian midfielder is highly regarded, and Huddersfield owners know that they face an uphill task keeping hold of him.

Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in signing him along with the likes of Wolves, Southampton, Leicester City and Watford. The 28-year-old midfielder is expected to have offers to return to the Premier League.

Why does Newcastle United need to add options in midfield?

The Magpies are facing a mini-crisis in the middle of the park as the future of quite a few players are uncertain at the moment. Jonjo Shelvey is linked with West Ham United after he struggled to get game time last season. Isaac Hayden wants to leave the club due to personal reasons.

Mohamed Diame is going to see out his contract and will be available on a free transfer as United have yet not handed him a new deal. Therefore the club could only be left with Ki Sung Yueng and Sean Longstaff as the only central midfielders. Longstaff meanwhile is attracting interest from Manchester United, but the Toon are unlikely to sell him.

Therefore we can expect Benitez (once he signs a new deal) to go after central midfielders and Aaron Mooy is a proven option in the midfield of the park in the Premier League.

What will Mooy bring to the table?

He has been one of Huddersfield’s standout players in the past two seasons, and Mooy can do pretty much everything in midfield. The Australian has that physical side to his game, and he works hard which should suit Benitez’s style of play. When on the ball, Mooy can find the right pass, and he can also contribute with goals as well with his late runs into the box.

Should Benitez sign him?

The fans would probably want to see someone better coming in with the news of big money takeover looming large. However, with so many departures in midfield on the cards, Mooy will be a steady option and can be a good squad player. It’s true that he might not be an exceptional option or a game changer, but he will always produce a 7 out of 10 performance. Most importantly, a player like him should suit Benitez’s playing style.

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