If their battling display against Liverpool showed anything, Newcastle United’s attacking style under Rafa Benitez is definitely effective.
Indeed, they’ve shown their capability in putting the opposition under pressure with their high-voltage counter-attacks and physical dominance but are certainly often lacking that creative spark to open the floodgates. That touch of class could be all the difference on Tyneside.
Clearly, they’re missing the cutting edge in attack, often reliant on their strikers to bail them out. However, according to reports from Portuguese radio station Radio Renascenca’s Bola Branca show, via Sport Witness, they’re aiming to fill that void by signing Benfica’s £51.3 million-rated Rafa Silva. The namesake for Benitez, he’s created magic in the Liga NOS with some terrific performances.
Having the ability to threaten from anywhere in the attacking line, Silva can be the perfect fix for their left-wing problems. The Portuguese had his breakthrough season with Benfica, scoring 15 goals, assisting 2 in the league. A tricky player to defend against, Silva’s excellent dribbling ability, electric pace and wherewithal to get into promising space make him a dangerous winger.
He’s a man of many talents, with his excellent wing-play guaranteed to add another dimension to Newcastle’s attack. The 25-year-old’s a dangerous figure, having averaged 1.6 key passes, 2.3 shots, 2.3 dribbles complete per game (stats via WhoScored) as well.
Think a total upgrade on Chrisitan Atsu and someone to join the likes of Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron in creating an attack with so many points of reference. Too often, the Toon look all too predictable, so adding a new point of attack would take the black and white cause up a whole new level.
The idea of him lining up alongside the attack already in play for Newcastle should have mouths watering in the terraces, if the club can push a deal over the line. Yes, it’s hard to back the current regime at St. James’ Park to sort anything out but, if this is the ilk of signing they’re after, these could be exciting times for the club.
Rafa can bring that missing spark to help the Magpies achieve their maximum potential attacking-wise. His technical technique can be a hit in the Premier League, allowing him to dazzle the fans while also create chances for Perez and co.
He might be an expensive buy but can instal a ruthlessness which makes Newcastle’s attack more effective next season.
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