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Newcastle United Set To Rival Chelsea For This La Liga Centre-Back: Is He Worth The Fight?

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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo mentioned that Newcastle United are set to rival Chelsea for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde. It has been mentioned that the Magpies tried to land him last January and are willing to go back in for the Frenchman once again this summer.

Kounde’s Good Run Of Form At The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Kounde is experiencing another solid campaign at Seville as he has continued to perform at his best at the heart of Julen Lopetegui’s defence. The French centre-half has participated in 43 matches for the Andalusian outfit this season, netting three goals and grabbing one assist across various competitions.

The 23-year-old has been a dominant presence for Sevilla on the defensive end of the field based on his average of 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 3.1 clearances per game in La Liga. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution after making 88.7% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

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Sevilla’s French defender Jules Kounde (L) heads the ball for an own goal that was later cancelled by the referee during the Spanish League football between Villarreal CF and Sevilla FC at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on May 8, 2022. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Newcastle United Eyeing A Move For Kounde: Is He Worth The Fight?

Kounde loves a tackle and can time his challenges well to make a few important interceptions on the defensive third of the pitch. He usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the offensive and can even play his way out from the back. However, there are some concerns over whether the France international would be able to maintain his high standards in English football.

A centre-back of Kounde’s quality could definitely make the Magpies a top-four contender in the Premier League next season. The French talent would enhance the quality of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe‘s backline considerably and help them become more consistent in terms of picking up results in league football.

At 23, Kounde’s best years are ahead of him which makes him a worthy target for the Tyneside outfit to consider this summer. The Sevilla sensation could even help the Magpies challenge for a major trophy or two in the coming seasons. Thus, Kounde would be well-worth the fight if Newcastle decide to rival Chelsea in the race to recruit him ahead of the new campaign.

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