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Newcastle United Ready To Make Final Offer For This Bundesliga Winger: Should Howe Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, The Northern Echo stated that Newcastle United are ready to make their final offer for Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby this summer. It is believed that the Magpies are hoping to make another attempt to recruit the French wide player in this off-season.

Diaby’s Impressive Form At BayArena

Diaby had a fantastic campaign in Germany as he produced a lot of influential displays for Leverkusen in the final third. He has firmly established himself as one of the most talented wide players in Bundesliga. The eight-time France international scored 17 times and picked up 14 assists in 42 matches for the German outfit last season across various competitions.

The 23-year-old deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.7 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Bundesliga. He was even tidy when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half after he completed 77.2% of his attempted passes in the German first division (stats via whoscored).

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – JANUARY 22: Moussa Diaby of Bayer 04 Leverkusen collects the match ball after scoring a hat trick after their sides victory during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Augsburg at BayArena on January 22, 2022 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/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/)

Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Snap Diaby Up This Summer?

Diaby can complete a few exciting dribbles with the ball out on the wide areas. He can be dangerous when left isolated in a 1v1 situation with his marker. Diaby mainly operates as a winger on the left flank but can even play as a right-sided wide player if his manager needs him to do so.

The French sensation added plenty of goals and assists to his game last season but there are some question marks over whether he would be able to maintain his high standards in Premier League football.

We can expect Diaby to enhance the quality of Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe‘s first XI by adding more goals and creativity to his attack. He could help the Magpies push for a European spot in the Premier League over the next few years.

Hence, the Magpies should consider going all out with one final move for the player. At 23, the future is quite bright for the talented wing wizard, so Howe would be wise to snap him up before the start of the new campaign.

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