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Newcastle: Howe could form dream duo with Edson Alvarez

Newcastle United could form a dream duo by bringing Edson Alvarez to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

What’s been said?

That’s according to Pete O’Rourke, with the transfer insider stating his belief in a recent interview with Football FanCast that, following a number of reports linking the Magpies with a move for the £43m valued Ajax midfielder this month, the 25-year-old would look to make something of a dream partner for Bruno Guimaraes in the heart of the Newcastle midfield.

Regarding the Premier League club’s interest in the Mexico international, O’Rourke said: “On paper, both players look like they could gel and work together in midfield.

“We know how well Bruno Guimaraes has done for Newcastle since his arrival last January. He’s really proven to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. So if you put those two together, it would probably give Eddie Howe one of the best midfields in the Premier League.”

Dream duo

Considering just how impressive Alverez has been in the Netherlands so far this season, coupled with the magnificent performances turned in by Bruno thus far in 2022/23, it is easy to see why O’Rourke believes that the duo could form something of a dream partnership in the heart of Howe’s midfield over the second half of the Premier League campaign.

Indeed, over his 14 Eredivisie appearances in the current campaign, the £27.5m-rated talent has been a rock for Ajax, making an average of 2.4 tackles – the joint 13th-most in the league – 1.3 interceptions, 2.4 clearances and winning 6.1 duels – at a success rate of 54% – per game.

The £28k-per-week midfielder has also impressed in a creative capacity, registering two assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of one key pass, playing 3.0 long balls and completing 52.8 total passes – at a success rate of 88% – per match.

These returns have seen the 25-year-old who has been dubbed a “machine” average a simply sensational Sofascore match rating of 7.24, not only ranking him as Alfred Schreuder’s seventh-best performer in the league but also as the joint 23rd-best player in the top flight of Dutch football as a whole so far this season.

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As such, it is indeed easy to see why O’Rourke believes that Alvarez and Bruno – who journalist Jordan Cronin dubbed “magic” – would form something of a dream duo in the heart of the Newcastle side – leading us to believe that Howe must do everything in his power to land the Mexican sensation in the January transfer window.