Newcastle United

Benitez may live to regret letting talented winger leave this summer

Benitez may live to regret letting talented winger leave this summer

According to The Sun, there is a raft of European clubs interested in signing former Newcastle winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

The 22-year-old left during the summer after not getting his contract renewed at St James’ Park, and this could prove to be a huge mistake by The Magpies.

The London-born winger has received interest from Belgian outfits Standard Liege and Royal Antwerp, French side St-Etienne, and Eredivisie clubs Heerenveen and Groningen.

The fact that so many clubs are after the skilful youngster, shows that he is in popular demand and is highly regarded across Europe.

However, Ben El-Mhanni’s departure is not as simple as it may appear. The 22-year-old had accused under-23 manager Peter Beardsley of racism, a matter in which the former Newcastle midfielder took a period of leave from the club. So from the 22-year-old’s perspective, he may not have wanted to be at the club any longer, as he did not have the greatest spell there personally.

With so much potential, and at such a young age, it is no wonder that so many clubs are interested in the player, as he has shown a lot of promise. Unfortunately, he was never able to make an appearance for The Magpies after joining from non-league outfit Lewes in 2016.

Newcastle manger Rafa Benítez may begin to rue his decision to let the player leave, particularly if the winger finds form at whichever club he ends up at.

Obviously, there were more matters that came into play with this decision to let Ben El-Mhanni leave, but it may come back to haunt everyone up in Tyneside.

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