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Newcastle could revive the career of Rony Lopes with January swoop

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This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to The Northern Echo, Steve Bruce will “step up his planning” for the January transfer window, with Sevilla’s Rony Lopes a target.

What’s the word?

Newcastle spent in the region of £61.5m on summer signings, with the likes of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Emil Krafth all arriving on Tyneside.

However, The Northern Echo claim that having received £30m from selling Ayoze Perez, Bruce will have the majority of that money available for him to spend in the winter window.

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The report adds Lopes is being considered as a “leading target”, and having seen him fail to establish himself in the Sevilla side, the Magpies are ready to make a formal approach towards the end of the year.

Attacking quality

Having scored just four goals in their opening five Premier League games, Newcastle are in desperate need of some attacking firepower. Club-record signing Joelinton has shown glimpses of what he can bring to the table with his physical play, but Saint-Maximin’s injury troubles and Miguel Almiron’s luckless run in front of goal have compounded the Magpies’ woes going forward.

A swoop for Lopes would give them a creative winger who has proven in previous seasons that he can offer something different. In his standout 2017/2018 campaign, the Portuguese man registered 15 goals and 5 assists in Ligue 1 alone. His penchant for taking the game to the opposition is something the Magpies could really do with.

Before this current season, the 23-year-old had never averaged less than 1.5 shots and 1 dribble per game over his entire career. The former Manchester City starlet has had a difficult time since arriving at Sevilla earlier this summer, playing just 11 minutes of league football.

However, Lopes undoubtedly has talent. Speaking back in March 2015, his former reserve team boss at the Etihad, Patrick Vieira, provided a glowing assessment of just how good the winger could be.

“I must say Marcos ‘Rony’ Lopes is a special talent. He is 19, an attacking midfielder. We have just sent him to Lille on loan. Talent is not enough for the first-team. Your work-ethic, focus and determination has to be there. I believe Lopes has those things.” Patrick Vieira, March 2015

If Newcastle can revive the former prodigy’s career at St. James’ Park, then they could have someone with enormous potential to not only boost the quality of the first-team, but also one for the future too.

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