Former Premier League central midfield player now pundit Michael Brown has been debating whether Newcastle United moving for Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri after the prospective takeover at St. James’ Park is completed is really a good idea for the Tyneside club.
Indeed, the Daily Mail reported that the Magpies have already been in touch with his representatives over a potential move to the North East, subject to the proposed takeover from the Saudi-led consortium.
However, Brown has questioned to Football Insider as to whether Shaqiri will be willing to put the hard yards in that Steve Bruce will be looking for.
Brown told the outlet:
“I think he has got that X-factor ability, for sure, but the question is where do you play him and the work ethic?
“I think that will have improved under Jurgen but will it be enough for a Steve Bruce? He’ll want some creativity and flair but Steve Bruce will certainly be demanding a more work ethic-type player into his squad at the moment until that improves.”
Brown is assuming that Bruce will still be in charge of the Toon if the takeover is completed, adding that the manager would demand more work ethic out of Shaqiri, but he does not deny the ability that the winger possesses.
Indeed, the 28-year old has made 114 appearances in the top flight stretching back to his time with Stoke City, in which he has scored 22 goals and made 18 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
Would Shaqiri be a good signing for Newcastle after the takeover?
However, Shaqiri has been limited to just 10 games in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp in this season so far, netting just once and providing no assists, as per the website.
The Swiss international may be looking for a way out of Anfield in order to gain more regular football, and NUFC could provide a destination for him if the deal between Mike Ashley and the would-be owners is approved.
Nevertheless, a transfer between the club and the Reds may suit both parties, if Shaqiri can couple his ability with a hard work ethic as Brown implies.
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