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Update On Newcastle United And Their Pursuit Of This Ligue 1 Defender: Right Fit For Howe?

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In a recent report, Radio Rossoneri offered an update on Newcastle United and their pursuit of LOSC Lille defender Sven Botman. It is believed that the Magpies are waiting for an immediate response from the French centre-back over a potential move this summer.

Botman’s Impressive Form In French Football

Botman enjoyed a good campaign at Lille as he managed to give a good account of himself on the defensive third of the pitch. The Dutch talent participated in 32 matches for the French giants last season, netting three goals and securing one assist across various competitions.

The 22-year-old was a dominant presence inside his half after he averaged 1.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 4.5 clearances per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He even distributed the ball relatively well as evidenced by his pass success rate of 88.1% in the French first division (stats via whoscored).

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Lille’s Dutch defender Sven Botman celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille and Paris Saint-Germain at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, near Lille, on February 6, 2022. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Botman The Right Fit For Lille Boss Eddie Howe?

Botman is a solid tackler of the ball and can make a few important interceptions for his team inside his half. He usually clears his lines when the opposition are on the front foot. The French centre-half is even proficient at playing his way out from the back.

Therefore, Newcastle United should consider stepping up their efforts to recruit Botman as he will improve the quality of Eddie Howe’s starting XI considerably in the coming seasons. However, there are some question marks over whether the Lille star would be able to handle the physical nature and high intensity of English football.

The Magpies need to move on to some of their other defensive targets if they fail to lure Botman to St. James’ Park this summer. However, there is no doubt that the Frenchman will be a great fit for the Tyneside outfit during this transfer window as he could help them fight for a European spot in the Premier League next season.

At 22, Botman will be a brilliant signing for the Magpies in the long run and could go on to become a grand success at Tyneside as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in England.

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