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Newcastle United Are Showing Interest In This Wolves Midfielder: Good Choice For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Newcastle United are showing interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves. It has been revealed that the Magpies are eyeing a move to acquire the services of the Portugal international.

Neves’ Decent Numbers In English Football This Season

Neves is having a decent campaign at the Molineux Stadium as he has put in a few eye-catching displays at the centre of Wolves’ midfield. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net four times but is yet to register an assist in 29 matches for the West Midlands club this season across all competitions.

The 37-time Portugal international has proven his worth as a reliable performer by averaging 2.6 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.4 clearances, 2.1 shots and 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield, based on his pass success rate of 83.8% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the West Midlands club is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Hence, the Magpies might have a good chance of landing him at the end of this campaign.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

Is Neves A Good Choice For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Neves is a good tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his side at the centre of the park. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range. Neves is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also fill in as a box-to-box midfielder if his manager tells him to do so.

The Portuguese sensation has even got the vision to engineer some clear-cut chances for his teammates in the final third. We can expect Neves to enhance the quality of Eddie Howe‘s first XI if the Magpies can find a way to bring him on board this year.

At 25, the Wolves star’s best years are ahead of him which makes him a decent choice for Newcastle United to pursue this January or at the end of this season.

Neves could help the Tyneside club challenge for some top honours in the coming seasons. He might even go on to form a solid midfield partnership with Bruno Guimaraes at St. James’ Park in the future. All in all, Howe would be wise to arrange a move to land the Portuguese midfield ace soon.

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