Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is currently enjoying a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League that has seen his team rise above the bottom three in the division.
He was given his first chance to bring his own players in during the January window and bolstered his side with the likes of Dan Burn, Matt Targett, Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier with Chris Wood.
The Magpies boss spent a number of years at Bournemouth in the Premier League and picked up some gems in the transfer market, which could now look to replicate with Newcastle.
One player the Englishman enjoyed great success with at the Vitality Stadium was Dutch centre-back Nathan Ake, as he brought the defender in from Chelsea and worked with him for 121 matches before he was sold to Manchester City in the same summer the manager left the Cherries.
This shows that he was able to rely on Ake as a regular member of his defence and helped him progress to a point where he was able to go and sign for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title-winners.
Howe could now repeat this trick at Newcastle by raiding Chelsea for another centre-back in the form of Andreas Christensen, someone dubbed a “really special talent” by TalkChelsea’s Simon Phillips.
FCInterNews recently reported that the Magpies have offered him a four-year deal to make the switch to St. James’ Park in the summer. He is out of contract at Stamford Bridge and has a contract on the table with Thomas Tuchel’s side, but is yet to decide whether or not he will accept it and stay or depart as a free agent.
This means that the Toon could potentially snap him up for nothing in July if he does not put pen to paper with the Blues.
“He is very strong, very reliable & he has not reached his limits because in his age there’s still room to improve. He can be a top defender for us in the next years & hopefully he will be because he comes from the academy.”
Christensen has averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.90 in the Premier League this season, playing 14 matches in the division. He has also averaged an excellent score of 7.16 in the Champions League this term across six starts for the Blues.
Meanwhile, no Newcastle centre-back with more than five league appearances for the club has averaged a rating higher than 6.71. This suggests that he could come in and be an excellent addition to the squad, whilst he has plenty of room left to grow at the age of 25.
Therefore, the defensive tank could be Howe’s version of Ake at Bournemouth for the Magpies moving forward as he has proven himself to be a quality option in the here and now whilst having the potential to improve further in the future.