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Newcastle United Ready To Launch A Move For This Barcelona Forward: Good Signing For Howe?

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In a recent report, Fichajes stated that Newcastle United are ready to launch a move for Barcelona forward Memphis Depay this summer. It has been revealed that the Magpies are planning to move in for the Dutch striker during this summer transfer window.

Depay’s Good Form At The Nou Camp This Season

Depay has enjoyed a decent run of form in La Liga, especially in the first half of the 2021-22 campaign. The Dutch talent has registered 13 goals and two assists in 38 matches for the Catalan club this season in multiple competitions.

The 28-year-old has been a consistent performer for Barca in the final third as he is averaging 2.2 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga.

He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 82.1% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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Celta Vigo’s Ghanaian defender Joseph Aidoo (L) vies with Barcelona’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 10, 2022. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Depay A Good Signing For Newcastle United?

Depay is proficient at generating a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on target and has established himself as a decent finisher in front of the opposition goal. The Moordrecht-born talent has mainly played as a centre-forward but can also operate as a left-sided winger if required.

The Dutch sensation can even engineer a few inviting chances for others around him in the attacking end of the pitch. A forward of Depay’s quality will undeniably be an upgrade over Chris Wood at Newcastle United next season.

At 28, Depay is currently playing at his prime and would make an immediate impact at St. James’ Park if Eddie Howe can find a way to get a deal over the line for him this summer.

The Dutch marksman would improve the quality of Howe’s starting XI considerably ahead of the new campaign. Furthermore, he might even help the Magpies challenge for a European spot in the Premier League over the next few seasons. Therefore, Newcastle should try everything in their power to lure Depay to Tyneside when the transfer window commences later this summer.

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