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Newcastle could find Jacob Murphy upgrade in Amadou Diallo

Saudi Arabian consortium PIF completed their takeover of Newcastle United in October of last year and have spent the last 12 months reshaping the club, on and off the pitch.

They have committed funds to improve the structure behind the scenes, by appointing sporting director Dan Ashworth and manager Eddie Howe, and have not been afraid to dip into the transfer market to bolster the squad.

In their first window in charge, back in January, PIF brought in Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Chris Wood on permanent deals.

They then allowed Ashworth to splash the cash in the summer by signing Sven Botman, Matt Targett, Alexander Isak and Nick Pope permanently.

The eight new additions, nine if you include the short-term signing of Loris Karius, have allowed the Magpies to slowly move on some of their previously underperforming players.

Ciaran Clark, Jeff Hendrick, Matt Ritchie, and Jamaal Lascelles have all either been moved on or fallen down the pecking order since the start of the year.

However, the club are yet to improve their options out wide and this has left them with Jacob Murphy playing regularly in the Premier League this term.

The winger has played ten matches in the division, starting three times, and has averaged an underwhelming SofaScore rating of 6.64, with one goal and zero assists to his name.

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This comes after he managed one goal and two assists in 33 appearances in the top-flight for Newcastle last season, which suggested – at the time – that he was not good enough to feature regularly at this level due to the lack of contributions in the final third.

Howe could, however, unearth an upgrade on the former Norwich man without needing Ashworth to make a big-money signing in January. He could look to the academy and attempt to bring through one of the talented young players in the youth squad.

One player who could fall into that category is recent U21 signing Amadou Diallo, who the Magpies have signed on a free transfer after he left West Ham United at the end of last season.

Academy director Steve Harper explained why the club have brought him in, saying: “He has performed well over his extended trial period and his signing gives us increased options in wide areas in the under-21 group.”

Journalist Jacob Steinberg claimed that he was “highly rated” at West Ham and revealed that Chelsea were looking at him as a potential signing for their academy.

The 19-year-old wizard scored three goals in seven games for England at U17 level and found the back of the net five times, whilst assisting two, in 25 Premier League 2 outings for the Hammers.

FourFourTwo previously hailed the youngster in 2019, Tweeting: “The two-footed Diallo is a keen dribbler with a dangerous shot, and is one to watch very closely indeed.”

This suggests that the winger is direct and willing to get a shot off, which is backed up by his statistics for club and country, and he could be an upgrade on Murphy in the future by offering more of a goal threat from out wide.

It is now down to him to impress enough in the U21s to tempt Howe into calling him up to the first-team to give him the chance to prove himself at senior level.

Article title: Newcastle could find Jacob Murphy upgrade in Amadou Diallo

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