Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a potential move for Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.
According to a recent report from 90min, the Magpies – who are apparently long-term admirers of the midfielder – are keeping an eye on the Scotsman’s situation at Old Trafford, with the imminent arrival of Casemiro from Real Madrid creating a question mark over McTominay’s future at the club.
In 172 senior appearances for the Red Devils, the 25-year-old has 16 goals and four assists to his name across all competitions.
Bearing in mind how Newcastle currently have the joint-oldest squad in the Premier League in terms of the average age (27.5) of the 30 players they have in their senior ranks, a potential move for McTominay could see the Toon secure an ideal heir for one of their more senior players in Jonjo Shelvey.
At the age of 30, not only is the ex-Liverpool midfielder one of the nine outfield players in Newcastle’s squad to have entered their thirties, he is also into the final year of his contract at St James’ Park.
Comparing the two midfielders from their previous Premier League campaigns, McTominay trumped Shelvey from a defensive point of view as he made more successful tackles, successful pressures, interceptions, blocks and clearances than the Magpies ace (via FBRef).
Taking into account how the Tyneside club only won 10 of the 24 league games in which the £70k-per-week midfielder appeared last season, it would make sense for them to look at a defensively capable midfielder like McTominay.
The Scotland international can also provide a threat in front of goal, as his strike against Burnley last December was lauded as “beautiful” by Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.
Also, with the Englishman currently out injured, not only would a move for the Manchester United figure help Newcastle in the short-term, McTominay’s age would also make him a suitable heir for Shelvey, especially if the latter ends up leaving Tyneside when his contract expires next summer.
If an opportunity to sign the 25-year-old arises before the summer transfer window closes, Newcastle and Eddie Howe should consider it a smart prospective investment and do all they can to get the Scotsman to St James’ Park.