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Newcastle United Eyeing A Move For This Ligue 1 Centre-Back: Good Fit For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Nice-Matin mentioned that Newcastle United are eyeing a move for Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile this summer. It has been claimed that the Magpies are keeping tabs on the French defender’s situation ahead of a potential move in this off-season.

Badiashile’s Impressive Numbers In French Football

The 21-year-old experienced a solid campaign at Monaco as he put in a run of impressive defensive displays at the heart of their backline. Badiashile appeared in 34 matches for the French outfit last season, netting one goal and securing one assist across various competitions.

The Limoges-born sensation was a rock at the back based on his average of 1.5 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.8 clearances per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He was even excellent when distributing the ball from the back after making 87.9% of his attempted passes in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Newcastle manager Eddie Howe applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on May 16, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Is Badiashile A Good Fit For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Badiashile can time his challenges well and pull off some important inceptions for his team at the back. He is quick to react to the danger and can make a few crucial blocks inside his penalty area.

The French prospect is also proficient at playing his way out from the back. He is versatile enough to play in both centre-back positions which makes him a good fit for the Magpies this summer as they can definitely use someone of his skill set in the coming seasons.

We can expect Badiashile to bring some much-needed quality to Eddie Howe‘s defensive department at St. James’ Park. Hence, it is only logical for the Magpies to move in for him during this summer transfer window.

Badiashile has what it takes to improve Newcastle‘s backline and help them push for a European spot in the Premier League next season. At 21, the Monaco whizkid could be nurtured into a top talent, so the Tyneside giants should prioritize on getting a deal done for him this summer. However, only time will tell whether he is good enough to cope with the physicality and high intensity of Premier League football.

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