According to Gazzetta dello Sport (subscription needed), Newcastle is preparing a big move for the Argentinian striker Julian Alvarez. Manchester United was the frontrunner for signing the Argentine. However, Newcastle will now look forward to hijacking this move from United.
However, Newcastle will have to offer some serious wages as they cannot attract him with the current position of the club. They sit in the relegation battle with Norwich and may not be in the Premier League next season. However, the Newcastle takeover will allow the Magpies to offer some good wages to their players.
Julian Alvarez has been in fine form and has scored 18 goals and assisted 7 in 21 appearances in all competitions. Therefore, it is understandable why the clubs are after his signature. Newcastle can benefit a lot from Julian’s services. It will be a threatening attack to see Alvarez, Saint-Maximilian, and Wilson play together.
However, it will not be easy for Newcastle to lure Julian Alvarez away from River Plate or even away from Manchester United. He is a 21-year-old striker who has a lot to offer and at a career stage like that, you can hardly refuse an offer from Manchester United. Newcastle will have to go over the bar if they want to secure his services. Moreover, they have to survive the relegation battle to increase their odds.
What can Julian Alvarez offer to Newcastle?
In the Liga Profesional, the 21-year-old has established himself as a capable striker in the final third, averaging 3.1 shots, 2.1 critical passes, and 2.1 dribbles per 90 minutes. After completing 73.2 percent of his attempted passes in top-flight football, he needs to take better care of possession when linking up play with his teammates in the opposing half (stats via whoscored).
Alvarez is a speedy and nimble striker who knows how to pace his runs behind the defense. He has developed himself into a capable goal-scorer in the last third of the field. Moreover, the Argentine teenager has also demonstrated maturity by scooping up a number of assists in the attacking third.
Eddie Howe needs more reliability in the attacking department and Alvarez can provide that. He can link up well with the other Newcastle forwards who have a great flair in their play. Moreover, he will also increase the probability of goalscoring chances. In addition, he can also create chances for his teammates to score.
If Newcastle is able to sign Julian Alvarez then they have got themselves a gem. He can provide a lot more going forward than just goalscoring. He can make sure that the Magpies won’t be in a relegation battle again. However, it is unlikely for him to disregard the interest shown in him by the big clubs. Moreover, he remains keen to join a top club in near future.
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