Newcastle United are reportedly scouting two young, dynamic wingers from Ligue 1 and the MLS.
Newcastle United are being linked with names left and right this summer even though the contract saga between the club and Rafa Benitez continues. As a result, most supporters are brushing off any transfer reports they see. It is important to note, though, that Newcastle United’s scouts are still working hard to find new global talent and Steve Nickson’s crew have spotted two young wingers in France and the United States.
A new report came out today claiming that the Toon are preparing to offer Rennes close to £30M for Ismaila Sarr. Another report claims that Newcastle United also have their eyes on Real Salt Lake’s Jefferson Savarino. The 22-year-old winger is currently competing with Venezuela in the Copa America tournament in Brazil.
Analyzing Sarr and Savarino
Both wingers are talented youngsters who have the potential to become great players in a top league. Sarr, 21, and Savarino, 22, have caught the attention of their national teams, Senegal and Venezeula, back in 2017 when they were both 19 and 20, which shows just how how much potential they have.
Sarr has spent his entire career in France playing for Metz and Rennes. In total, Sarr has made 90 appearances in Ligue 1 and scored 18 goals in the process as a winger. Over the last two seasons with Rennes, Sarr scored five times in 2017 and eight times last term. His impressive and consistent form at the club level have earned him 20 international call-ups with Senegal thus far.
Savarino started his career with Zulia, a team in Venezuela, and worked hard to attract the attention of Real Salt Lake in the United States. In the MLS, Savarino has established a reputation as a reliable winger who can blow past defenders down the flank and score some goals. The Venezuelan winger has scored 13 goals in 57 appearances for Real Salt Lake.
The common theme between both of these players is their ability to score goals from midfield. Last season, Newcastle United were heavily dependent on goals from Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon. The Magpies need more goals from midfield and both of these players can serve as the remedy for that problem. Of the two players, though, Newcastle United should prioritize signing Sarr over Savarino. The Senegalese international has found success in a more difficult league, has impressed with Senegal and his style of play suits the Premier League. If the Magpies spend big to land Sarr, he would be a regular starter, whereas Savarino would be a quality rotation player fighting for minutes with Christian Atsu.