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Newcastle United Set Their Sights On This La Liga Winger: Should Howe Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Newcastle United have set their sights on Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams. It has been stated that Magpies are eyeing a move to bring the Spanish wide player to Tyneside this summer.

Williams’ Impressive Form At Athletic Bilbao This Season

Williams is having an impressive campaign at the Spanish club as he has produced a handful of impressive performances for them in the final third. The Spanish talent has been involved in 39 matches for Bilbao this season, netting nine goals and grabbing six assists across various competitions.

The 20-year-old has been a consistent performer in the opposition half based on his average of 1.8 shots, 1.4 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after making 79% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

His current deal at Bilbao is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, the Magpies have got a good chance of landing Williams on the cheap during the upcoming transfer window.

Nico Williams
ALMERIA, SPAIN – APRIL 22: Nico Williams of Athletic Club celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the LaLiga Santander match between UD Almeria and Athletic Club at Juegos Mediterraneos on April 22, 2023 in Almeria, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Should Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe Snap Williams Up This Summer?

Williams is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet and can be quite clever with his movements in and around the opponent’s penalty box. He has got the pace to cause problems for his marker and has got the eye to play a decisive pass on the attacking end of the field. Williams mainly operates as a right-sided wide player but can also play on the left flank if needed.

The Spanish wide player can even strike the ball with power and precision from long range. However, he has to find a way to improve his productivity even more if he wants to be a success story at St. James’ Park in the future.

We can expect Williams to add more firepower to Eddie Howe‘s attack at Newcastle United. He is good enough to rival Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron for a regular starting spot at the Tyneside club next season. Thus, Howe should focus on trying everything he can to snap Williams up when the transfer window commences later this year.

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