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Newcastle United Keeping A Keen Eye On This Ligue 1 Midfielder: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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In a recent report, The Athletic mentioned that Newcastle United are keeping a keen eye on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye. It is believed that the Magpies are eager to strengthen their midfielder and could move in for the Senegalese midfield ace during the January transfer window.

Gueye’s Impressive Form At Parc Des Princes

Gueye is having a decent campaign with PSG after putting in a run of impressive displays for them at the centre of the park. The former Everton talent has found the back of the net on four occasions in 20 matches for the French outfit this season across multiple competitions.

The 32-year-old has been a consistent performer at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield as he is averaging 2.7 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 0.8 clearances, 0.9 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game in the Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League. He has even been tidy when distributing possession from midfield based on his pass success rate of 91.2% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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PSG’s Idrissa Gueye and Club’s Clinton Mata fight for the ball during a soccer game between French club Paris Saint-Germain and Belgian team Club Brugge KSV, Tuesday 07 December 2021 in Paris, sixth and last match in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, in Group A.
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What Will Gueye Add To Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Side?

Gueye is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to make some important interceptions at the centre of the park. He is not shy of putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive and is a good passer as well when playing his way out of midfield.

The Senegalese sensation can even make some energetic runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area. Hence, we can expect Gueye to add a lot of bite and steel along with some energy and dynamism to Newcastle United‘s midfield department.

At 32, the Senegal international has still got a handful of years left in him to play at a high level. The PSG star could help the Magpies get out of the relegation zone in the second half of this Premier League campaign. Thus, Eddie Howe should go all out to bring Gueye to St. James’ Park during this winter transfer period.

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