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Newcastle United Could Focus On Recruiting This Juventus Midfielder: What Will He Bring To Tyneside?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that Newcastle United could focus on recruiting Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey. It is understood that the Magpies will face competition from Crystal Palace and Everton in the race to sign the Welsh midfield ace.

Ramsey’s Limited Role At The Allianz Stadium

The Juve midfield ace has been a decent squad player at Turin but has found playing minutes hard to come by, which is why he needs to leave in search of greener pastures this winter. The 30-year-old has been involved in four matches for his current employers this season but is yet to score or assist a goal across all competitions.

Despite his limited playing minutes, the veteran playmaker has done well to average 1.0 tackles, 1.1 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the 2021-22 Serie A campaign. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball to his teammates in the opposition half after making 87.1% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

The 67-time Wales international is under contract at Juventus until the summer of 2023. However, he could be sold in January or next summer as Juve can benefit from lowering their wage bill in January. Ramsey should also concentrate on earning more first-team starts in the coming seasons if he intends to get his career back on track.

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MONZA, ITALY – JULY 31: Aaron Ramsey of Juventus FC competes for the ball with Jose’ Machin of AC Monza during the AC Monza v Juventus FC – Trofeo Berlusconi at Stadio Brianteo on July 31, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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What Will The Wales International Bring To Newcastle?

Ramsey is an energetic presence in midfield who can make some solid tackles to secure the ball back for his side. He can even put his foot through the ball to clear the danger when required. The Welsh midfield ace can also orchestrate a few decent openings for his teammates in the opponent’s half.

Moreover, he is proficient at completing some hard-working dribbles with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area which is a quality that most of Steve Bruce‘s current midfielders lack at Tyneside. A multi-purpose midfielder like Ramsey will add plenty of quality to Newcastle’s midfield department and would go a long way in addressing their squad depth concerns at St. James’ Park.

We can expect that the experienced campaigner to bring a winning mindset to the Tyneside club’s dressing room and even help them push for a top-eight finish in the Premier League if the Magpies can find a way to lure him back to England when the transfer window reopens in January.

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