An update has emerged on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Brighton beast Yves Bissouma…
According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies have held talks over a potential deal for the midfielder and face competition from elsewhere for his services.
The report claims that the club are also willing to part ways with academy product Sean Longstaff, amid interest from fellow top-flight side Everton.
Howe could find Newcastle’s new midfield hero in Bissouma by bringing him to the club. The Mali international could be Yohan Cabaye 2.0 for the Magpies by running the middle of the park and scoring outrageous goals from distance.
Cabaye enjoyed a fantastic spell on Tyneside as he produced 18 goals and 14 assists in 93 matches. He was capable of delivering moments of magic for the Toon, including long-range strikes against Liverpool and Manchester United, and Bissouma is a player who could provide a similar impact.
The Seagulls man scored a sensational goal against Everton in the Premier League last season and a stunning long-range effort against Blackpool in the FA Cup. This shows that, much like Cabaye was, he has the talent to score goals out of nothing and lift Newcastle from difficult situations by scoring a world-class goal to change a game.
Gary Lineker once dubbed the midfielder an “exceptional footballer” on Twitter and it is easy to see why when you look at his statistics for Brighton in the Premier League. He has averaged a sublime WhoScored rating of 7.13 in the division for Graham Potter’s side, proving that he can deliver consistently brilliant performances at this level.
Last season, he averaged a score of 6.98 across 36 appearances in the top-flight. He made 4.7 tackles and interceptions per game and is currently averaging 5.5 this term to highlight the defensive strength he brings to the table. He is able to regularly win possession back off the opposition whilst carrying a goal threat and producing top-class displays each week.
Therefore, he could be a sensational addition to Newcastle’s squad and Howe must ensure that the club can secure a deal for him. The £29k-per-week gem could be the new Cabaye, midfield hero, on Tyneside and lead the team to survival in the second half of the season, judging by his displays for Brighton in the same league.