Newcastle have silenced their critics in recent times as they continue impress, with Saturday’s game against West Ham providing them with the opportunity to extend their unbeaten run.
The Magpies have managed to steer clear of relegation trouble and can now set their sights on moving into the top-half of the table, with a European spot still being a possibility.
However, Mike Ashley must already have his sights set on possible summer signings if he remains at the club, with extra quality needing to be drafted in at the heart of the midfield as Jonjo Shelvey has struggled with injury and Mohamed Diame just hasn’t been able to ensure consistency in the side.
Indeed, the Greece international operates as a defensive midfielder and he currently has 33 caps to his name, but he hasn’t been able to enjoy regular minutes at current club Benfica in the current campaign. And, the 29-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, with no offer currently on the table from the Portuguese club.
Samaris would be the perfect partner for Newcastle’s rising star Sean Longstaff as the Greek midfielder is slightly more attack-minded, which would provide the perfect balance in the heart of the midfield. And, the Benfica man possesses the ability to drag defenders towards the ball, which would create more space for Longstaff to work in. He also rarely lets onrushing attackers get past him and often links defence to attack, so both he and the Englishman could form a formidable partnership in the middle of midfield for the Magpies.
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