Newcastle must sign Weston McKennie

Newcastle United ended the campaign 11th in the Premier League table by beating Burnley 2-1 on the final day of the season.

Callum Wilson scored both goals as they sent the Clarets back to relegation from the top flight, a prospect the Magpies faced at the start of the year.

Eddie Howe led the club to safety and will now focus on key additions to the squad to step up their efforts next season.

One player the Toon has recently been linked with a swoop for is Juventus central midfielder Weston McKennie, who is reportedly available for a fee of around £34m (€40m).

The Magpies need to bring him in over the summer as he can form a deadly midfield partnership with Bruno Guimaraes on Tyneside.

Should Newcastle sign McKennie?

Yes

Yes

Nope

Nope

In Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the American ranks in the 85th percentile for non-penalty goals per 90 in his position. He also ranks in the 86th percentile for expected goals without penalty and expected assists combined per 90, these stats suggesting he will offer a significant attacking threat from midfield if given regular minutes.

Guimaraes, meanwhile, ranks in the 85th and 92nd percentiles in both of these categories. It shows that they both have a knack for appearing in the final third with chances to score or pass to create good chances for their teammates.

McKennie won acclaim for his performances in Germany and Italy. His former Schalke manager David Wagner previously praised his talents, saying:

“He’s an exceptional talent. In the position of n°6 or n°8, he has the mentality, a real work mentality that is needed. And he is also brave with the ball. He can be one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.

The German isn’t the only head coach to have been impressed with the midfielder as Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo dubbed him “rock“.

This proves that he can adapt to different leagues and the cultural changes that come with it, which bodes well for an eventual Premier League switch. He has shown he can perform in the Bundesliga and Serie A, as these comments illustrate, and now is the time for him to try his luck in England.

McKennie and Guimaraes can team up in the middle of the park and both offer an exciting attacking threat that will excite supporters throughout the 2022/23 campaign.

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James C. Tibbs