An update has emerged on Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, regarding Newcastle’s interest in his services.
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle are eyeing up a swoop for the Leicester City midfielder as they target the best talent outside of the top-six clubs in the Premier League.
The report names Tielemans and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher as two players the Magpies are looking at, as PIF look to reshape the squad following their takeover of the club.
Newcastle could find their next Yohan Cabaye with a deal for Tielemans in the January window, or next summer if a move midway through the campaign is not viable for the Foxes.
The Frenchman, Cabaye, was the Magpies’ midfield magician in the early 2010’s and Tielemans could provide a similar level of quality, given what he has achieved at the King Power.
Cabaye scored 18 goals and provided 14 assists in 93 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions. In all three of his seasons at St. James’ Park, he averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.20 or higher as he created at least 1.6 chances per game in each campaign.
Tielemans, meanwhile, has scored 18 goals and provided 21 assists in 119 matches for Leicester. Last season in the Premier League, the Belgian international averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.09 as he created 1.3 chances per game for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
That goes to show just how similar they are in terms of technical ability.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola once lauded the 24-year-old when speaking about Leicester’s impressive team. He said:
“Ndidi is doing really well. Tielemans is a top, top-class player. I remember when I arrive my first season and Vincent Kompany started speaking about him when he was in the national team for Belgium how good he was in that period.
“Vincent as always he was right. Top, top club, players are quality.”
This, along with their similar statistics, suggests that Tielemans could be Newcastle’s new Cabaye if they are able to bring him to the club.
He can be their midfield maestro stringing the play together, whilst also chipping in with vital goals and assists to help the Magpies progress up the Premier League table. That’s exactly why PIF must ensure that the ex-Monaco man is playing in black and white in 2022.