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Newcastle United Are Facing Stiff Competition For This La Liga Playmaker: Good Option For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, AS stated that Newcastle United are facing stiff competition for Celta de Vigo playmaker Gabri Veiga. It has been mentioned that the Magpies will have to rival Real Madrid and Arsenal in the race to recruit the Spanish sensation.

Veiga’s Impressive Form In Spanish Football This Season

Veiga is having a productive campaign in La Liga as he has been responsible for producing a string of impressive performances for Celta Vigo in the final third. The talented youngster has scored nine goals and picked up three assists in 29 appearances for his current employers this season in all competitions.

The 20-year-old has given a good account of himself in the opponent’s half and has done well to average 1.9 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball on the attacking end of the pitch based on his pass success rate of 79% in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Spanish club is set to expire in the summer of 2026. Thus, it won’t be easy for Newcastle to sign him on the cheap in the off-season.

Gabri Veiga
Celta Vigo’s Spanish midfielder Gabriel Veiga celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Betis and RC Celta de Vigo, at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, on February 4, 2023. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP) (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Is Veiga A Good Option For Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe?

Veiga can strike the ball purely and with power from long range and has got the vision to engineer some promising chances for his teammates in the final third. He can also make a few clever runs in and around the opponent’s penalty box and deserves credit for scoring and creating his fair share of goals for the Magpies this season.

We can expect the Spanish youngster to add more firepower to Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe‘s attack. He could even help the Magpies challenge for some major trophies in the long run.

However, there are some concerns over how he will cope with the physical side and high intensity of English football. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of signing Veiga as he has the potential to become a world-class playmaker someday.

All in all, the Celta Vigo whizkid will be an excellent option for the Tyneside club to consider during the summer transfer window.

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