With the German top flight back in action, here are three Bundesliga players that Newcastle United should go after this summer.
While there is still some time to wait for the Premier League to return, soccer in a top European league got back underway as the Bundesliga resumed yesterday. The German league is full of promising, world-class talent. With Newcastle United in the market for quality signings this summer, here are three players from the Bundesliga that could be a target.
While Javier Manquillo was much-improved this season, Newcastle United could be in the market for a right-back. Ehizibue has started 22 matches for FC Koln in the Bundesliga and has a goal and an assist to his name. An explosive athlete, the 24-year-old is literally the fastest player ever in recorded Bundesliga history.
Last season, playing in the Eredivisie, he registered eight assists in the league. With experience playing on the wing, but primarily in defense, Ehizibue would provide Newcastle with a player with Yedlin’s pace and more technical ability on the ball. Defensively, he has the most successful tackles in the league this season, according to AS.
Adding Reyna would be a slight boost now, but you’d be signing him for his massive potential. The 17-year-old son of American legend Claudio Reyna broke into the first team for Dortmund this season. Reyna was set to make his first start for Dortmund in their return vs. Schalke, but he was injured in warmups.
He can play in the attacking midfield or out on the wing and registered an assist in the Champions League this campaign. While Dortmund is known as a good place to develop, Gio could also benefit from getting match time with the upstart Magpies. Or, the club could sign him on a full transfer, then send him on loan back to Dortmund or another place where he can grow.
Monchengladbach’s defensive midfielder is aggressive and successful in winning the ball back. According to ESPN, he is a part of an exclusive club of players with over 170 recoveries and a success rate in duels of at least 57%.
The 23-year old could become a rugged, ball-winning midfielder to control the middle of the park for the Magpies. He also two goals and two assists this season. Zakaria has nearly 30 appearances for the Swiss national team, too.