In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, journalist Paul Brown reported that Newcastle United are eager to land PSV Eindhoven winger Johan Bakayoko this summer. Brown said,
“He’s certainly very highly-rated, yeah. I think there are a couple of teams potentially looking to sign him. Newcastle I believe are also interested in Bakayoko. He’s very young, so he’d be a signing that you’d expect to get better and have his best years at your club if you were to sign him now.”
Bakayoko’s Good Run Of Form In Dutch Football Last Season
The 20-year-old had a promising campaign at PSV Eindhoven after he produced a string of eye-catching displays on the right side of their attack. Bakayoko scored nine times and registered six assists in 39 matches for the Dutch outfit last season in various competitions.
The talented youngster deserves a lot of credit for averaging 2.0 shots, 1.1 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per game in the Dutch Eredivisie. He was even careful when interchanging possession with his teammates after making 83.1% of his attempted passes in the Dutch top flight (stats via whoscored).
Bakayoko is under contract at the Dutch club until the summer of 2026. Hence, it would be difficult for Newcastle to acquire his services on a cut-price deal before the end of this transfer window.
Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Move In For Bakayoko?
Bakayoko is a good dribbler with the ball and can make a few dangerous runs with the ball out in the wide areas. He can set up a few promising chances for his teammates in the final third and can shoot the ball with venom and accuracy from long range. The Belgian talent has already added a lot of goals and assists to his game.
At 20, Bakayoko has the potential to become a future star in European football. He is already good enough to increase competition for places within Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s squad.
Bakayoko will only get better in the coming seasons which makes him a great choice for the Magpies to pursue in this ongoing transfer window. He could help the Tyneside club challenge for some major honours over the next decade.