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French Playmaker Is On The Radar Of Newcastle United: Should Howe Move In For Him?

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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Olympique Lyonnais playmaker is on the radar of Newcastle United. It has been revealed that the Magpies along with Real Betis, AS Roma, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are all eyeing a move for the French midfielder during the January transfer window.

Aouar’s Recent Frustrations At The Groupama Stadium

Aouar has endured an injury-plagued season at Lyon as he has missed a lot of games over the past couple of months due to an ankle problem. The 24-year-old has found the back of the net once and picked up two yellow cards in three appearances for the French club during this campaign in Ligue 1.

The Lyon-born talent has only managed to average 1.7 shots, 0.3 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the French top flight. He has been accurate with his ball distribution after making 84.9% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Aouar’s current contract at the Groupama Stadium will expire at the end of this campaign. Hence, Newcastle United will have a good shot at landing him on the cheap if they decide to make a move for the player this January.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Move In For Aouar This January?

Aouar is a decent dribbler with the ball and has got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with a decisive pass on the attacking end of the pitch. He can even strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range. Aouar is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also play as a box-to-box midfielder if his manager asks him to do so. However, recent injuries have put a little bit of doubt over his long-term fitness.

Furthermore, there are some concerns over whether Aouar can handle the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football if the Magpies manage to bring him to St. James’ Park this winter.

We can expect Aouar to add more goals and creativity to Eddie Howe‘s attack and increase competition for places within his match-day squad. He ticks all the right boxes in terms of what the Newcastle boss looks for in his midfielders.

At 24, Aouar will only get better in the coming seasons when he hits the peak stage of his playing career. Hence, the Tyneside club would be wise to move in for the French sensation when the transfer window reopens at the start of next year.

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