Perfect for Longstaff? Newcastle eying Dorukhan Tokoz

Reports in Turkey claim Newcastle are eyeing 22 year-old midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz.

What’s the story?

According to Hurriyet, Newcastle have been scouting Tokoz with a view to a possible summer switch.

The report claims the Magpies have been tracking Tokoz for some time, and they will have certainly liked what he has produced this season.

Hurriyet have previously claimed that any offers below £12.8m (€15m) will be rejected, so should Newcastle pursue the youngster this summer?

Is he good enough?

It is hard to judge players performing well outside of Europe’s top five leagues, but Tokoz has serious potential.

Playing mostly as a defensive midfielder, the 5 ft 11 ace has scored three times and added four assists this season.

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He takes 1.3 shots per game, completes 78% of his passes and creates one chance per game, while also being dispossessed less than once per game (Whoscored).

It is on the defensive end where he really shines though, boasting an average of 2.9 tackles and two interceptions per game, while also winning two aerial duels every match.

With Sean Longstaff looking every bit of the midfielder fans hoped he would be, Rafael Benitez needs a quality partner for the young Geordie, and Tokoz could be just that.

With great reading of the game, tough tackling, aerial prowess and clever, insightful passing, pairing him with Longstaff would give the Magpies a midfield brimming with confidence, technique and physical prowess.

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