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Newcastle United Face Heavy Competition For Ajax Star: Should Howe Make A Lucrative Offer?

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In a recent report from The Shields Gazette, it was mentioned that Newcastle United could face serious challenges in securing Edson Alvarez of Ajax. The Mexican midfielder has continued to impress in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which has garnered attention from Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United who are set to get busy in the January transfer market to bolster their squads.

Alvarez’s Impressive Run Of Form For Ajax This Season

Alvarez has had a brilliant start to this season at the Johan Cruyff Arena putting in some solid displays at the centre of Ajax’s midfield. The 25-year-old has made 18 appearances for the Dutch club during this campaign, scoring one goal and picking up two assists across all fronts.

The Mexican sensation has been consistent and reliable in the middle of the park after averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 2.5 clearances per game in the Eredivisie. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 87.6% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Dutch football (stats via whoscored).

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St. James’ Park

Should Howe Make An Enticing Offer To Bring Him To Newcastle United?

Alvarez can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. He can sense the danger quickly to clear his lines when he’s shielding the backline. The Mexican midfielder can make some crucial interceptions to earn the ball back for his team and start the counter-attack.

Standing at 1.87 meters and boasting a strong frame, he can easily dominate his opponents in the air and also hustle with his opponents to recover the ball. Furthermore, he remains adept at distributing possession to his teammates and making decisive passes to create a few decent opportunities in front of the goal.

We can expect Alvarez to enhance the quality of Howe’s squad and bring more competition into the midfield department. So the Magpies would be wise to make an enticing offer which involves plenty of football for the 25-year-old to secure his services because Chelsea and Manchester United are both capable of splashing a huge sum of money if they wish to acquire him in January.

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