In Focus: Newcastle United eyeing Rashica, but experience should be prioritised

Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Vitesse winger Milot Rashica ahead of the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

After a lacklustre summer in the market, manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping for a decent winter, but that could depend on the club’s takeover talks.

The Mirror claims that 21-year-old Rashica is an option for the North-East outfit and could be bought for in excess of £4m.

The young winger is presumably being targeted for his pace, which Newcastle have been lacking this season so far.

In the current campaign, Rashica has scored three goals and provided four assists for Vitesse.

Do Newcastle need him?

The Magpies could do with some zip down the flanks, but it may not be the best time to bring in a winger given that Jacob Murphy is beginning to impress.

The 22-year-old has started just six Premier League games this season, but has featured in the club’s last five fixtures.

In addition, Benitez’s main priority is to steer Newcastle away from the relegation zone and in order to do that they require experienced players.

If possible, the club should be targeting individuals that have been in this position before and succeeded.

Rashica is a promising prospect, but to throw in a young player that has zero experience of English football would be a big risk.