Newcastle are still searching for their first win of the season following a 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City.
Despite captain Jamaal Lascelles returning to the side, Newcastle were behind after just eight minutes when Raheem Sterling curled home to give his team the lead. The Magpies hit back through DeAndre Yedlin but were behind after the interval when Kyle Walker blasted home his first goal for the Citizens. Another defeat leaves Newcastle in the relegation zone after four games.
After being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest, Newcastle again looked poor against Pep Guardiola’s men. The Magpies had just 21% of possession with new signing Solomon Rondon cutting an isolated figure in the attack. Rafael Benitez desperately needs a creative playmaker to help turn defence into offence and add goals to the side.
One man he could target is former Manchester City maestro – Samir Nasri. Valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, Nasri is currently available on a free transfer after his contract was mutually terminated at Antalysapor after the Frenchman was given a ban for doping. Despite his ban being extended to 18 months, Nasri can begin training with a new club in November.
The former France international is no stranger to the Premier League having made over 150 appearances for both Arsenal and Manchester City. He lifted two Premier League titles during his time in Manchester and scored 36 goals as well as registering 42 assists in over 200 appearances in England. If he can hit the ground running at St. James Park, he could prove to be an inspired addition.
Despite his troubles, Nasri remains a top playmaker, and his arrival would be a massive boost to Newcastle’s attackers. With expert dribbling and an eye for a pass, he is exactly what Newcastle need to address their slump. The 31-year-old can be a massive success if he can prove his fitness; on a free transfer, Newcastle have nothing to lose.
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