In a recent report, Ecuadorian news outlet Vitotvo has stated that Newcastle United are keen on recruiting Sporting CP winger Gonzalo Plata. It is understood that the Magpies could face competition from West Ham United and Leicester City in pursuit of the Ecuadorian youngster (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).
Plata’s Steady Growth In Portuguese Football
The 20-year-old has featured in five matches for the Magpies this term but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for this campaign. Plata is currently sidelined after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus but should return to action soon ahead of the reopening of the European transfer window in January.
The Guayaquil-born starlet has played a sporadic role since breaking out as a first-team starter at the José Alvalade Stadium last season. However, the early signs have been quite promising from him, so it is no surprise that some of England’s top clubs including the Magpies are hoping to land him in the future.
Plata’s game time has been limited at Sporting CP this season, so an opportunity to seal a move to the Premier League could be too appealing for the player to turn down this winter or at the end of this season.
What Does The South American Sensation Offer On The Pitch?
Plata can put in a lot of curve with his crosses into the opponent’s penalty box and possesses a terrific burst of pace to get to the byline. He has got the speed, agility and excellent close control to dribble with the ball out of tight spaces that make him a nuisance for the opposition defenders out on the wide areas.
Furthermore, the eight-time Ecuadorian international is highly versatile as he primarily functions as a right-sided wide player but can also play on the left if needed. At 20, he is only getting better with more experience at the highest level, so Steve Bruce will do well to win the race to secure his signature in the future.
Is Plata The Right Choice For The Magpies?
Plata has got bags of potential, which makes him a shrewd, long-term acquisition for the Tyneside outfit. He will add more pace and creativity to the Newcastle frontline and could even increase competition for places within their squad.
However, there is no hiding from the fact that the Ecuadorian whizkid is still quite inexperienced at the top level and might struggle to adapt to life in English football. Even then, the Magpies would be wise to orchestrate a move to bring him to St. James’ Park as he will be a decent choice for them in the long-run.