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Newcastle United Are Showing Interest In This Ligue 1 Defender: Should Howe Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Jeunes Footneux stated that Newcastle United are showing interest in Lens defender Kevin Danso. It has been mentioned that the Magpies are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Austrian talent.

Danso’s Decent Run Of Form In French Football

Danso has been a consistent performer at the heart of Lens’ backline and has been responsible for putting in a run of solid displays for them in the Ligue 1. The 24-year-old has scored one goal and secured one assist in 18 matches for the French club this season across various competitions.

The talented centre-back has been a dominant presence on the defensive third of the pitch based on his average of 1.1 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3.6 clearances per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He was even been excellent when distributing possession from the back after making 89.3% of his attempted passes in the French top tier (stats via whoscored).

The Austrian sensation’s contract at the French club is set to run out in the summer of 2026. Thus, the Magpies will have to make a big offer if they are serious about recruiting the gifted defender this month or at the end of this season.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

Should Newcastle United Eddie Howe Snap Danso Up?

Danso can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life tough for the opposition attackers. He can sense the danger well to secure the ball back for his team on the defensive third of the field. The Austrian sensation usually clears his lines when in danger of being caught out at the back and is a good passer of the ball as well. Standing at 1.90m, he can use his strong frame to win a few aerial duels for his side.

Hence, Danso will be a good fit for Eddie Howe‘s style of play at St. James’ Park. He is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at the Tyneside club. At the very least, the Austrian central defender will even increase competition for places within Howe’s match-day squad.

Thus, it makes sense for the Newcastle boss to engineer a move to snap Danso up this year. At 24, Danso’s best years are ahead of him and would be a good signing for the Magpies to pull off in the long run. However, there are some question marks over whether he can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football if Howe can manage to land him this January or next summer.

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