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Newcastle United Set Their Sights On This Eredivisie Defender: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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In a recent tweet, journalist Pete O’Rourke stated that Newcastle United have set their sights on Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi as they look to bolster their defensive options during this winter transfer window. It has been mentioned that the Magpies could face competition in the form of Brighton and Hove Albion in pursuit of the Argentine centre-back this month.

Senesi’s Impressive Run Of Form At Rotterdam This Season

Senesi is having a solid season in Dutch football after producing a run of impressive displays at the heart of Feyenoord’s defence. The 24-year-old has scored two goals and grabbed three assists in 28 matches for the Dutch outfit during this campaign across all competitions.

The Concordia-born talent has been a rock at the back for Arne Slot’s team as he is averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 2.1 clearances per game in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball out from the back based on his pass completion rate of 84.7% in the Dutch top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 04: Marcos Senesi of Feyenoord in action during the UEFA Europa Conference League group E match between 1. FC Union Berlin and Feyenoord at on November 04, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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What Will Senesi Add To Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Side?

Senesi has proven his worth as a reliable defender in Dutch football. He can time his tackles to secure the ball back for his side on the defensive end of the field. The Argentine sensation has got good defensive awareness that allows him to snuff out the danger quickly at the back when needed. He is also a good passer of the ball and can contribute by scoring and creating his fair share of goals in the final third.

Senesi will undoubtedly enhance the quality of Newcastle United‘s squad by adding more bite and steel to Eddie Howe‘s defensive department.

At 24, Senesi still has a lot of room to grow as a footballer and could potentially become a future star at St. James’ Park if the Magpies can find a way to get a deal done for him before the end of this January transfer window. Furthermore, he could go on to form a solid defensive partnership with Jamaal Lascelles at the Tyneside club which might help Newcastle avoid being relegated from the Premier League this season.

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