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Newcastle United Eager To Land This Bundesliga Defender: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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In a recent report, FC Inter News claimed that Newcastle United are eager to land Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule. It is believed that the Magpies are willing to pay €25m to acquire the services of the German centre-half in the summer.

Sule’s Solid Run Of Form In The Bundesliga

Sule is having a solid campaign in German football after producing a series of dominant displays at the centre of Bayern’s backline. The 26-year-old has participated in 29 matches for the Bavarian giants this season, picking up a couple of assists in all competitions.

The 37-time German international has been a rock at the back as he is averaging 1.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game in the Bundesliga. He has been accurate when distributing possession from the back after making 90% of his attempted passes in the top tier of German football (stats via whoscored).

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MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 15: Niklas Süle of FC Bayern München reacts during a training session at Saebener Strasse training ground on February 15, 2022 in Munich, Germany. FC Bayern München will face FC Salzburg during their UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match on February 16, 2022. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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What Will Sule Add To Eddie Howe’s Side?

Standing at 1.95m, Sule can be a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field and can make some solid tackles to secure the ball back inside his half. He is often quick to react to the danger and doesn’t mind clearing the danger when the opposition are on the offensive.

The German defensive ace excels at playing his way out from the back and can be a threat inside the opponent’s penalty box during indirect set-pieces. However, there are some concerns over whether the Bayern centre-half would be able to adapt to life in English football and maintain his high standards at Tyneside.

At 26, Sule is playing at the top of his game and would add a lot of quality to Eddie Howe‘s defensive department. He will be an upgrade over any of Newcastle‘s current centre-back options and could help them challenge for a European place over the next few years if they can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

Thus, the Tyneside outfit should try everything they can to lure Sule to St. James’ Park when the transfer window commences later this summer.

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