An replace has emerged on Newcastle United and their curiosity in Leon King forward of the January switch window…
What’s the discuss?
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Magpies are scouting the Scotland youth worldwide, alongside two different Premier League groups.
The defender is out of contract with Glasgow Rangers on the finish of subsequent season and Dan Ashworth is holding tabs on his performances at Ibrox.
Romano Tweeted: “Many golf equipment are monitoring Rangers centre again Leon King (2004) who began in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield, final week — he’s out of contract in June 2024. Manchester United, Newcastle and Leeds have already despatched their scouts to comply with King.”
Think about him & Sven Botman
Newcastle bolstered their choices at centre-back in the summertime switch window by signing 22-year-old Sven Botman from French facet Lille.
The younger defender is within the early years of his profession and has the potential to be a key participant for the membership for a lot of seasons to return, whereas Dan Burn and Fabian Schar – who’re each 30 – are on the different finish of the spectrum.
Botman has been signed for now and for the long run and bringing in a participant like King might seal Eddie Howe’s central defensive partnership in future years if all goes to plan.
The Dutch centre-back is already proving his value within the Premier League since his transfer from Ligue 1. He has averaged a SofaScore ranking of seven.03 throughout seven appearances and has gained a whopping 74% of his particular person duels, which exhibits that he’s placing in persistently robust performances and dominating opposition attackers.
King, however, is 4 years youthful than the Newcastle man and it might take him time to develop right into a participant with the standard to begin week-in-week-out within the English high flight.
Nevertheless, the potential is there for him to achieve that stage as he has already performed 17 matches for Rangers by the age of 18 and made three appearances within the group levels of the Champions League, while finishing 94% of his tried passes within the Premiership this season.
Formers Gers defender Alan Hutton beforehand described King as being “elegant” in possession and dubbed him a “Rolls-Royce“, which means that the ex-Premier League full-back has been impressed by the teen’s performances in a Mild Blues jersey.
On the age of 18, he has loads of time left forward of him to develop and hone his abilities and Howe might work with him on the coaching pitch to assist him develop into being the dream accomplice for Botman on the again.
He would provide a right-footed steadiness to the left foot of the Dutchman in a central defensive pairing. His passing high quality within the Scottish top-flight additionally means that he would swimsuit a possession-based group, very similar to the ex-Lille machine – who has accomplished 89% of his passes within the Premier League.
Due to this fact, King and Botman might be a dream pairing for Newcastle sooner or later and Ashworth should now convey the Scottish gem to Newcastle in January to offer Howe the prospect to mould him right into a first-team star for the Magpies within the years to return.