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Newcastle: Eddie Howe could unearth his own Gabriel Jesus in Eguinaldo

Newcastle United owners PIF recently celebrated their one-year anniversary on Tyneside after completing their takeover of the club in October of last year.

They have not been shy about splashing the cash since arriving at St. James’ Park and have enjoyed two busy transfer windows throughout 2022.

Back in January, PIF brought in Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier, and Chris Wood on permanent deals. They followed that up by signing Sven Botman, Nick Pope, Alexander Isak, and Matt Targett, who had been on loan since January, permanently in the summer.

They will enter their third window in charge of the club at the start of 2023 and they have already secured one signing in the form of Australian international Garang Kuol.

PIF and Dan Ashworth look set to be busy again as it was recently reported that Newcastle are eyeing up deals for Vasco da Gama duo Andrey Santos and Eguinaldo.

The Magpies are said to have made an enquiry over a potential swoop to sign the latter, who is attracting ‘major interest’ after breaking into the first-team of the Brazilian club.

At the age of 18, he could be a signing for the future and Eddie Howe could unearth his own version of Gabriel Jesus in the coming years if the club are able to bring him in.

Football talent scout Jacek Kulig claimed that he is a similar player to the Arsenal centre-forward, after previously dubbing him a “serious talent“.

He also described him as a “player with very good technical ability, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, fast direction shifts in possession”, whilst listing some of his strengths as technique, ball control, finishing, and pace.

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Jesus, whose style of play has been linked to his dribbling ability, has scored five goals in nine Premier League outings for Arsenal this season, which means that he is finding the back of the net every 1.8 games for the Gunners.

Eguinaldo, meanwhile, has scored three times in seven starts in the Serie B this term since breaking into the senior squad, which is a goal every 2.3 starts.

The youngster’s statistics are impressive when you consider that he only turned 18 in August and that Jesus scored four goals in 20 league appearances during his first year in professional football in Brazil.

Like the Arsenal attacker, Eguinaldo can play through the middle as a centre-forward or off the left flank and the Brazil U20 international’s versatility means that Howe can mould him into the position he sees the gem playing consistently.

If the club are able to sign the youngster in January, then the Newcastle head coach could therefore unearth his own Jesus at St. James’ Park in the years to come.

One day, he could be a goalscoring dribbler at the top end of the pitch for the Magpies, just like his compatriot has been for Arsenal and Manchester City over the years, if he is able to fulfil his potential – based on his impressive start to life at senior level.