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Newcastle United Were Offered This Midfielder Last Summer: Should Bruce Go Back In For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Chronicle mentioned that Newcastle United were offered a chance to land Aaron Ramsey from Juventus last summer, but they were in no position financially to pull off such a transfer. It is understood that the Magpies boss Steve Bruce remains a big admirer of the Wales international’s talents and could potentially sign him on a free transfer this January.

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Ramsey had an injury-ravaged campaign at Turin but still managed to establish himself as a valuable member of Juve’s match-day squad. The ex-Premier League playmaker featured in 30 matches for the Italian giants last season, netting two goals and securing five assists in the process across all fronts.

The Wales international deserves credit for being consistent at the centre of Juve’s midfield after he averaged 1.0 tackles, 1.1 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in Serie A last season. He was even quite accurate with his ball distribution based on his pass completion rate of 87.1% in league football (stats via whoscored).

The 30-year-old has proven himself to be a capable midfielder when he is playing regularly on the field. Therefore, if Ramsey can overcome his recent injury concerns, there is no doubt that he is still good enough to play at a high level over the next couple of seasons.

Newcastle United were offered a chance to land Ramsey who is seen in the picture
Aaron Ramsey of Wales reacts during the UEFA EURO, EM, Europameisterschaft,Fussball 2020 Group A football match between Italy and Wales at stadio Olimpico in Rome Italy, June 20th, 2021. Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto andreaxstaccioli

Should The Magpies Go Back In For Ramsey In January?

Ramsey has often been used as a box to box midfielder but is even versatile enough to function as a winger or operate as an attacking midfielder if needed. He has got the eye to play a decisive pass in the attacking end of the pitch and can even chip in with a few goals when he is firing on all cylinders going forward.

However, the Welsh talent needs to improve his productivity in front of the opposition goal if he wants to taste success in the coming seasons. There is no denying that a player of Ramsey’s experience and quality will be a great addition to the Newcastle squad, so it makes sense for Bruce to go back in for the former Arsenal playmaker when the transfer window reopens this winter.

Having said that, the Tyneside giants do not have the financial power to compete with other clubs for the Juventus midfielder’s signature even if he is available as a free agent at the start of next year. Hence, Bruce would have no choice but to hope that the lure of regular first-team football at St. James’ Park would be enough of an incentive for the Magpies to convince Ramsey to seal a return back to England in the not-too-distant future.

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