In a recent report, Foot Mercato offered an update on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Bayer 04 Leverkusen ace Moussa Diaby. It has been mentioned that the Magpies will have to move quickly if they want to sign the French attacker in the summer.
Diaby’s Decent Run Form In German Football This Season
Diaby has caught the eye with his performances on the right side of Leverkusen’s attack during this campaign. The 23-year-old has participated in 37 matches for the German club this season, netting 13 goals and earning nine assists in all competitions.
The nine-time France international has been a reliable performer in the final third as he is averaging 2.3 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in Bundesliga. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution in the final third based on his pass completion rate of 79.3% in the German top tier (stats via whoscored).
Diaby is under contract at the BayArena until the summer of 2025. Thus, the Magpies will have to make a big offer if they want to sign the French wide player in this off-season.
Is Diaby A Good Choice For Newcastle United?
Diaby has decent pace under his belt and can make some dangerous runs with the ball out on the flanks. He can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range and can engineer a few promising chances for his teammates in the final third. Diaby is primarily a right-sided wide player but can also function on the left wing or play as a secondary striker if asked to do so.
The French sensation has added plenty of goals and assists to his game this season. However, it remains to be seen whether he can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football.
Diaby will inject more pace and goals into Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s attack. He could even help the Magpies challenge for a major trophy or two over the next few years.
At 23, Diably will only get better in the future and would no doubt increase competition for places within Howe’s match-day squad. All in all, the Bayer 04 Leverkusen star will be an excellent choice for the Tyneside club to consider when the transfer window commences later this year.