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Newcastle United Face Stiff Competition For This Bundesliga Left-Back: Good Option For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport1 claimed that Newcastle United are facing stiff competition for Hoffenheim left-back David Raum this summer. It has been mentioned that the Magpies will have to rival Manchester United and West Ham United in pursuit of the German defender in this off-season.

Raum’s Impressive Form At The Rhein-Neckar-Arena

The 24-year-old had an excellent campaign in Germany recently as he was responsible for performing at a high level on the left side of Hoffenheim’s defence. Raum scored three goals and secured 13 assists in 35 matches for the German club last season in various competitions.

The German sensation gave a good account of himself by averaging 1.6 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 0.8 shots, 2.6 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in Bundesliga. He was even accurate when distributing the ball from the left wing, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 79.5% in the German first division (stats via whoscored).

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Is Raum A Good Option For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Raum is a solid tackler of the ball and usually works hard to keep things tidy on the defensive end of the field. He usually puts his foot through the ball when required and can also create a handful of promising chances for his teammates in the final third.

The German sensation can even chip in by netting the odd goal from time to time. Raum is primarily a left-back but can also operate as a winger on either flank when his manager needs him to do so.

At 24, the Bundesliga talent will only get better in the coming seasons. Therefore, a left-back of his quality will be a massive coup for the Magpies during this summer transfer period as long as the player can make a smooth transition to life in England.

We can expect Raum to enhance the quality of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe‘s first XI. He has what it takes to even help the Tyneside outfit push for a European place next season.

The Hoffenheim talent will be a decent option for Howe to consider this summer. Thus, it makes sense for Newcastle to try everything they can to win the race for Raum’s services before the end of this transfer window.

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