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Liga Bwin Winger Is On Newcastle United’s Radar: What Will He Bring To St. James’ Park?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, A Bola claimed that FC Porto winger Luis Diaz is on Newcastle United’s radar. It has been revealed that the Magpies could face competition from Tottenham Hotspur in the race to land the Colombian wide player next year.

Diaz’s Incredible Form In Portuguese Football

The 24-year-old has made an impressive start to this campaign after producing a run of consistent performances as a key attacker in Porto’s frontline. Diaz featured in 12 matches for the Portuguese giants this season, netting seven goals and grabbing one assist in all competitions.

The Barrancas-born talent has been quite productive with his contributions in the attacking third of the field as he is averaging 2.7 shots, 1.3 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in Liga NOS and the UEFA Champions League. He has even been neat when distributing the ball from the left-wing based on his pass completion rate of 80.5% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – OCTOBER 07: Federico Valverde of Uruguay fights for the ball with Luis Diaz of Colombia during a match between Uruguay and Colombia as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Parque Central Stadium on October 07, 2021 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Pablo Porciuncula-Pool/Getty Images)
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What Will Diaz Bring To Newcastle United?

Diaz is a quick and agile winger who usually works his socks off for the benefit of his team. He can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range that makes him such a potent goal-threat from the left flank.

The Colombian sensation can be a delight to watch when he is dribbling at full swing in the opposition half but needs to add a few more assists to his game if he intends to become a success story at a financially rich club like Newcastle United.

The Magpies are looking to build a strong squad full of gifted players under their new ownership. Hence, Diaz fits the bill perfectly as he will add a lot of quality to Newcastle’s attacking department.

Plus, he will be an upgrade over Joelinton who has struggled to give a good account of himself as the Tyneside outfit‘s rotational left-winger this season. At 24, the Colombian wing wizard is about to embark upon the peak years of his playing career, so the Magpies can expect to make the most out of his talents in the coming seasons if they manage to get him onboard soon.

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