Newcastle United have recently shown a keen interest in signing Rony Lopes from Sevilla as they look to reinforce their wide department. However, the former Man City prodigy has struggled a lot, of late and is not a viable option for the club. Instead, the Magpies should turn their attention towards Borussia Dortmund star Jacob Bruun Larsen, who can definitely solve their attacking woes.
A tough time at Borussia Dortmund
Bruun Larsen was a former teammate of Christian Pulisic in the youth ranks of Borussia Dortmund. The two players rose to prominence together, though it took the Dane an extra year to be promoted to the first-team. And unlike Pulisic, he has struggled with lack of opportunities in the senior side.
Bruun Larsen has made only 38 competitive appearances with the Black and Yellows, most of which came from the bench. As a matter of fact, the winger made 24 Bundesliga appearances last season, only 16 of which were starts.
And with Dortmund signing both Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard this season, Larsen has gone down the pecking order, mustering only 21 minutes of league football so far. Given the stubborn nature of Lucien Favre, it’s unlikely the Dane is going to become a first-team regular for Dortmund anytime soon. Hence, a move away from Ruhrpott could make a world of sense.
Newcastle United: The perfect destination for Bruun Larsen
Newcastle United should make a move for Bruun Larsen in the upcoming January transfer window. Although the winger could cost a fortune, the risk will be worth it, given his aggressive and hard-working nature.
Unlike new signing Allan Saint-Maximin, the Dortmund star is not a flashy attacker. Instead, he likes to play little one-twos and is blessed with the sheer pace that makes him a scourge for the defenders on the counter. Furthermore, Larsen’s technical prowess allows him to thrive even when his team are dominating possession.
Newcastle currently lack depth in the wide-department, following the injury of Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie. As a result, manager Steve Bruce has to rely on the services of Jetro Willems and Christian Atsu.
Bruun Larsen, in that regard, can fill that void and provide another dimension to the Newcastle attack. His ability to find pockets of space in the final third is a useful trait, especially for a team which has struggled to formulate any creative essence in the attack in recent years.
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