Newcastle United could yet add another player to their squad before Tuesday’s deadline, with reports suggesting that Hamza Choudhury could join on loan from Leicester City.
According to John Percy of The Telegraph, Newcastle could still sign the midfielder before the deadline, with previous reports linking the 23-year-old with a loan switch to St James’ Park.
He said: “Newcastle and Hamza Choudhury could happen before the deadline.”
So far this summer, the Toon have only signed Joe Willock from Arsenal, whilst the likes of Matty Longstaff, Florian Lejeune and Yoshinori Muto have all gone out on loan, which arguably leaves Steve Bruce with an even weaker squad than he had at the end of last season.
Therefore, whilst Toon fans would surely prefer permanent signings, it can only be good news for the Magpies that the £6.3m-rated Choudhury could join on loan before tomorrow’s deadline.
Choudhury has made 72 appearances for the Leicester senior side in his career thus far, scoring two goals and contributing two assists, one of which was a stunning strike at St James’ Park in January 2020, so Newcastle fans definitely know what he is capable of.
Although he is yet to make an appearance at Leicester this season, the defensive-minded midfielder is renowned for his ability to break up play and could provide Bruce with some much-needed depth in that area, as Isaac Hayden is perhaps the only other naturally defensive midfielder in the Newcastle squad.
Yet, with potentially both Matty and Sean Longstaff heading for the exit door, they will need a replacement and Choudhury seems to fit the bill in that department. With that in mind, supporters should be pleased that their club are preparing sensibly.
They should also be excited at the potential of another incoming before the deadline closes, something that didn’t initially look likely.
Speaking about his Leicester teammate in 2019, Harvey Barnes waxed lyrical about the midfielder, saying:
“I have grown up with Hamza for years now. He is a great player to have on the pitch. I don’t think there are many players like him that are as good as him at the other side of the game.”
He may have only played ten matches in the top-flight last season but like Willock, he is a player they can improve significantly going forward.
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