An update has emerged on Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, regarding interest from English side Newcastle United.
According to The Sun, the Magpies are weighing up a move to sign him on a cut-price deal in the January transfer window.
The report claims that he is out of contract at the end of the season and Newcastle could agree a pre-contract with the shot-stopper before leveraging a bargain deal in January to bring him in earlier.
PIF must avoid making their first howler since taking over Newcastle following this update. They should opt against a deal for Strakosha as it could be a terrible move for the club given the current goalkeeping situation at St. James’ Park and his recent form, or lack thereof, for Lazio in Italy.
The Magpies already have three senior goalkeepers on their books in Freddie Woodman, Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow, with all three of them having played Premier League football for the club this calendar year.
This suggests that Newcastle would need to bring in a number one who can provide a sizeable upgrade on all of them whilst being reliable enough to be a consistent starter. Otherwise, they will end up with another option to rotate through without solving the problem.
Strakosha, however, does not appear to fit that mould. He has only played nine Serie A games for Lazio since the start of the 2020/21 campaign and has not played a single league match this term. This suggests that he has not been good enough to earn a starting berth, which means that he would be arriving at Newcastle on a downwards trend, rather than coming in full of confidence and ready to hit the ground running.
Italian outlet Corriere della Sera, via the Daily Cannon, previously stated that he is ‘often criticised’ for his performances in Rome. This was prior to him losing his place as the number one at Lazio, suggesting that the worrying nature of his displays caused him to become a bench warmer for the Serie A side.
Therefore, he could be a liability between the sticks as his errors in Italy have seemingly resulted in him being a rarely-seen individual on the pitch over the last 18 months. This is why Newcastle must avoid a deal for the £36k-per-week shot-stopper, as it could be a howler from PIF based on his current situation at Lazio.