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Newcastle United To Rival Tottenham Hotspur For This Serie A Winger: Right Fit For Howe?

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In a recent report, Fichajes stated that Newcastle United are set to rival Tottenham Hotspur for AS Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo this summer. It has been mentioned that both the Magpies and Spurs could face competition from Juventus in pursuit of the Italian wing wizard during the summer transfer window.

Zaniolo’s Decent Run Of Form In Serie A

The 22-year-old is having a decent campaign in Italian football as he has performed at a high level on the right side of Roma’s attack. Zaniolo has found the back of the net on four occasions and grabbed seven occasions in 30 matches for the Italian outfit this season in all competitions.

The Massa-born talent has caught the eye by averaging 2.5 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. He has even distributed the ball relatively well after making 78% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

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ROME, ITALY – MARCH 05: Nicolo Zaniolo of Roma tackles with Davide Zappacosta of Atalanta during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on March 05, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Is Zaniolo The Right Fit For Newcastle United?

Zaniolo can use his quickness and agility to get to the byline and can orchestrate a few clear-cut chances for his teammates in the final third. The Italian sensation has chipped in by netting some important goals for AS Roma this season. Zaniolo is primarily a right-sided wide player but can even function as an attacking midfielder down the middle if needed. He has even got the strength to hold possession up in the opponent’s half.

Recruiting Zaniolo will no doubt improve the quality of Newcastle United‘s first XI. He will inject more pace and creativity into Eddie Howe‘s attack. The Italian sensation has what it takes to become a future star at St. James’ Park if he can make a smooth transition to life in English football.

At 22, Zaniolo has got a bright future ahead of him and could serve as an upgrade over Miguel Almiron, who has struggled to be consistent for the Tyneside club this season. The Italy international might even help the Magpies challenge for a European place in the coming seasons which makes him a decent fit for Howe to consider during the summer transfer period.

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