In a recent report, Sport stated that Newcastle United are showing interest in Al-Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves. It has been claimed that the Magpies are prepared to move in for the Portugal international in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Neves’ Decent Spell In Saudi Arabia So Far
Neves has proven himself to be a capable presence in Al-Hilal’s squad this season after putting in a series of influential performances at the centre of the park. The 26-year-old has found the back of the net a couple of times and earned one assist in 17 matches for the Saudi outfit during this campaign in multiple competitions.
The Portuguese sensation has caught the eye with his contributions at the heart of Al-Hilal’s midfield. However, he might welcome a return to the Premier League to play at the highest level next year.
Hence, the Magpies should think about making an offer to bring Neves to St. James’ Park when the transfer window commences at the start of January.
What Will Neves Bring To Newcastle United?
Neves is a good tackler of the ball and can provide adequate protection for his teammates at the back. He can earn the ball back for his team inside his half and usually clears his lines when required.
The Portuguese talent can shoot the ball with power from long range and can even create a few promising plays for his teammates in the final third. He has already got plenty of Premier League experience under his belt from his previous spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Neves is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play as a box-to-box midfielder if asked to do so by his manager. However, he can be a bit slow to react to the danger when the opposition are on the front foot.
Neves will bring more quality to Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe’s frontline. He has what it takes to nail down a regular first-team spot at St. James’ Park and could help the Magpies push for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. Thus, Howe would be wise to try everything in his power to lure Neves back to English football in the upcoming January transfer window.