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Newcastle United Identify This Bundesliga Forward As A Top Target: What Will He Add To Howe’s Team?

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In a recent report, El Nacional mentioned that Newcastle United have identified Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick as a top target. However, it has been revealed that the Magpies could face competition in the form of Barcelona and Real Madrid in pursuit of the Czech Republic international.

Schick’s Brilliant Goal-Scoring Record At The BayArena This Season

Schick is enjoying one of the best seasons of his playing career in German football as he has been responsible for producing a run of productive displays as the focal point of Leverkusen’s attack. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on 17 occasions and secured three assists in 19 matches for the German club during this campaign across all fronts.

The Czech Republic sensation has given a good account of himself in the opponent’s half by averaging 3.3 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga. However, he has to take care of the ball a bit better when distributing possession in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 68.1% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 15: Leverkusen`s Patrik Schick looks on during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and TSG Hoffenheim at BayArena on December 15, 2021 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Frederic Scheidemann/Getty Images)
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What Will Schick Add To Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Side?

Schick can use his strong 1.91m frame to dominate the opposition centre-backs in the air and can hold the ball up effectively for others around him. He is proficient at finding a yard of space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target. The Czech Republic international has proven himself to be an accomplished finisher in front of the opponent’s goal.

Hence, Schick will be an excellent acquisition for the Magpies if Eddie Howe can find a way to get a deal done for him this month or at the end of this campaign. The Leverkusen star could serve as an upgrade over Newcastle‘s new signing, Chris Wood as he is far more prolific in the attacking end of the field.

At 25, Schick is about to enter his prime and could make an instant impact at St. James’ Park if he can make a smooth transition to life in English football. He will add plenty of goals to Howe’s attack and could help the Tyneside outfit get out of relegation trouble if they manage to get him on board before the end of this month.

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