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Newcastle United Are Big Admirers Of This Ligue 1 Midfielder: What Will He Bring To Tyneside?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Athletic stated that Newcastle United are big admirers of OGC Nice midfielder Khéphren Thuram. It has been claimed that the Magpies’ head of recruitment Steve Nickson is a big fan of the French talent and describes him as an ‘intriguing midfield option’ ahead of the summer transfer period.

Thuram’s Rich Vein Of Form In French Football This Season

The 22-year-old is having an excellent season at Nice as he has been responsible for producing several impressive displays at the centre of their midfield. Thuram has found the back of the net twice and picked up eight assists in 39 matches for the French club during this campaign in various competitions.

The Italy-born talent has given a good account of himself at the centre of the park and has performed well to average 1.5 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 1.1 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He has even been brilliant when distributing the ball from midfield, based on his pass completion rate of 86.6% in the French top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Thuram’s current contract at Nice will run out in the summer of 2025. Thus, the Magpies will have to make a good offer if they want to convince the French club to part ways with their prized asset in the off-season.

Khéphren Thuram
France’s forward Marcus Thuram (L) and his brother, France’s midfielder Khéphren Thuram attend a press conference at the French National Football Academy in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, northern France, on March 22, 2023 as part of the team’s preparation for upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 football tournament qualifying matches. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will Thuram Bring To Newcastle United?

Thuram can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life tough for the opposition in the middle of the park. He can read the danger well to secure possession back for his team and usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the offensive.

The French sensation can also contribute by scoring and creating a handful of important goals for his team in the final third. Someone with his skillset will undoubtedly be a massive signing for Newcastle as they look to build a strong squad for the future.

Thuram is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at St. James’ Park and could help Eddie Howe’s side challenge for a major trophy in the coming seasons.

At 22, he has got a bright future ahead of him and would bring some much-needed quality to Howe’s midfield at St. James’ Park.

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