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Newcastle could complete their midfield with Youri Tielemans

The January transfer window is now in full flow and Newcastle United may look to be busy in the final few weeks of action.

PIF  were not afraid to dip into the market this time last year as they brought in the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Matt Targett, and Kieran Trippier in an attempt to improve the team.

The Saudi Arabian consortium could now look to repeat the trick by dipping into the market to bolster the squad heading into the second half of the 2022/23 campaign.

One area in which manager Eddie Howe is seemingly wanting to strengthen in is the midfield and Leicester’s Youri Tielemans has emerged as a potential target.

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie recently told GIVEMESPORT that the Belgian international would be a “perfect” signing for the Magpies and added that signing a midfielder is a “priority” for the club this month.

Would Tielemans upgrade Newcastle's midfield?





PIF could now complete Howe’s midfield three by securing a deal to sign the Foxes maestro in the coming weeks.

Sean Longstaff has started 14 matches in the Premier League this term and provided energy and work-rate in the middle of the park to help with Newcastle’s high-pressing system.

However, there is scope to bring in an upgrade on the gem to play alongside Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes as there are weak points to the academy graduate’s game.

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He has averaged an unimpressive Sofascore rating of 6.69 in the Premier League, placing him 15th in the squad, and only won 41% of his ground and aerial duels, whilst also being tackled in 90% of his attempted dribbles – as per Sofascore.

Tielemans, on the other hand, has averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.19 across 16 starts in the division and has won 60% of his individual battles, whilst also completing 71% of his dribble attempts – as per Sofascore.

The £120k-per-week gem, who was once hailed as an “outstanding” talent by scout Jacek Kulig, has made 3.0 tackles and interceptions and 1.1 key passes per game, compared to Longstaff’s 1.6 and 0.7, and could be a terrific addition to Newcastle’s team.

His statistics indicate that he has the quality to regularly deliver brilliant performances in the Premier League as a box-to-mix midfield. The gem has shown that he can win the ball back for his team whilst also providing creativity in possession, whilst Longstaff has struggled to perform to a high level week-in-week-out.

Therefore, PIF could complete Newcastle’s midfield by bringing in a midfielder who can be a consistently excellent player next to Willock and Bruno, instead of the inconsistent Englishman.