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Newcastle United Could Move In For This Brighton Midfielder This Summer: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with CaughtOffside, renowned journalist Ben Jacobs stated that Newcastle United could move in for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo this summer. Jacobs said,

“With Caicedo, keep an eye on Newcastle as well. Liverpool would need the price to drop from January to seriously consider entering the race.”

Caicedo’s Impressive Numbers In English Football This Season

The Santo Domingo-born talent is having a great campaign at the American Express Community Stadium as he has produced several dominant displays at the centre of Brighton’s midfield. The 21-year-old has scored one goal and secured one assist in 27 matches for the Seagulls this season across all competitions.

Caicedo has been a consistent performer in the middle of the park based on his average of 3.0 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 0.7 shots, 1.1 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Brighton will run out in 2027. Hence, Newcastle will have to pay a big fee if they are serious about landing him this summer.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

What Will Caicedo Add To Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Side?

Caicedo loves a tackle and can make life difficult for the opposition by reading the danger quickly at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind clearing his lines when the opposition are on the front foot and can make some decent plays for his teammates up top.

The Ecuador midfielder can shoot the ball with venom from long range and usually works his socks off for the benefit of his team. He has mainly played as a box-to-box midfielder for the Seagulls this season but can also fill in as a defensive midfielder if his manager tells him to do so.

Caicedo will undeniably add bite and steel to Eddie Howe’s midfield department and increase competition for places within Newcastle‘s match-day squad. He is already good enough to earn a regular starting spot at the Tyneside club.

At 21, the future looks quite promising for Caicedo, so Howe should focus on getting a deal done for him during the summer transfer period. He could even help the Magpies challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League over the next few years.

Plus, the Ecuador sensation could serve as an upgrade over Sean Longstaff, who can be a bit inconsistent at times with his performances for Newcastle. All in all, Caicedo will be an excellent choice for the Magpies to pursue later this year.

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