The latest on Newcastle United and their pursuit of the talent – Amydz88

18 July 2023 - 11:22 pm


Amydz88 >> In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, reporter Rudy Galetti gave an update on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes. Galetti said,

“Barring something, next week will be decisive for Barnes’ move to Newcastle.

“Discussions are going well and Eddie Howe wants Barnes. Although talks between West Ham and Leicester are going well, Harvey Barnes would prefer to join Newcastle and he has agreed to a transfer. meeting terms.

“It’s up to the club now, Newcastle are willing to pay around £35m for the English player. As mentioned, the deal could be finalized within the next week.”

Barnes’ tough season at King Power Stadium

Barnes has endured a difficult season after Leicester City failed to retain the Premier League. Despite this, the talented winger has excelled in the East Midlands club’s final third with an impressive display.

The 25-year-old scored 13 goals and provided three assists in 40 appearances for the Foxes in all competitions last season. Barnes averaged 2.1 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League, which is eye-catching. However, his distribution of the ball is a bit of a mess, as he only has a pass success rate of 73.5% in England’s First Division (data via whoscored).

Barnes’ current Leicester contract expires in the summer of 2025. Still, the Magpies should be optimistic about securing his contract following Leicester’s recent relegation from England’s top flight.

Could Barnes be a good signing for Newcastle United?

Barnes is an excellent ball-handler who can create some nice scoring opportunities for his teammates. He can shoot from distance, with power and precision, but needs to find a way to be more ruthless in front of goal.

The England phenom will add more pace and goals to Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s attack. He might even help the Magpies challenge for a major trophy or two this upcoming season.

As such, Barnes would be a great signing for the Tyneside club this summer. He knows the Premier League pretty well so far and it won’t take him any time to adjust to life at St James’ Park.