In a recent report, The Northern Echo has mentioned that Newcastle United are keeping a keen eye on Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer this summer. It is understood that the Norwegian centre-back wants to join the Magpies in this off-season, so Steve Bruce will be in a good position to land him (via The Northern Echo).
Ajer’s Solid Campaign In Scottish Football
Despite the Glaswegian side’s struggles in league football this season, Ajer deserves a pat on the back for being a top performer at Celtic Park over the past ten months. The Norway international has featured in 46 matches for Celtic this term, netting two goals and grabbing four assists in various competitions.
The 23-year-old has been a consistent performer at the back as he is averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 3.4 clearances per game in the Scottish Premiership this season. He has also taken care of the ball when distributing it out from the defensive end of the field after making 88.2% of his attempted passes in the Scottish first division (stats via whoscored).
Ajer has got just over a year remaining in his Celtic contract, so this summer could be an ideal opportunity to seal a move to a top club in search of regular playing time at the highest level in the coming seasons.
Will Ajer Be A Good Option For The Magpies?
Ajer can use his strong 1.98m frame to dominate the aerial battle and win some 50-50 duels for his team. He can time his challenges well and can earn possession back for his side while keeping a good shape at the back.
The 21-time Norway international is also a hard-working central defender who is proficient at playing his way out from defence. Hence, he could allow Steve Bruce to play a more expansive brand of football at St. James’ Park over the next few seasons.
At 23, Ajer has his whole career ahead of him, so the Toon Army can expect to see the best from him if Bruce can bring him on board this summer. He will be an excellent option for the Magpies to consider during this summer transfer period as he will add some healthy competition for Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark for a starting spot in Bruce’s first XI.
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