The January transfer window is now open meaning Rafael Benitez will begin his search for a new left-back.
The Spaniard said earlier this month it would be a ‘miracle’ if he managed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. Their dismal run of form to start the season highlighted the need for investment in the squad that didn’t arrive during the summer window. Following a fruitful spell in December, the Magpies are just above the drop zone, but signings are needed to avoid a return to the Championship in May.
One area that the former Liverpool boss is eager to strengthen is left-back with Paul Dummett the only recognised left-sided defender at the club. As shown in recent games, Benitez has utilised wing-backs – a role where Dummett looks out of his depth. Therefore, the ex-Real Madrid boss has placed a new left-back on his January wish list.
The perfect addition to the squad could be PSV Eindhoven youngster – Angelino. Valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, the Spanish defender joined Manchester City’s youth academy back in 2013 and was considered highly at the Citizens. After various loan spells in Spain and Holland, Angelino returned to Manchester and found his route to the first-team blocked by the £50m addition of Benjamin Mendy. Therefore, he opted to join PSV in the summer and has gone from strength-to-strength with his new employers.
The 21-year-old has settled into life perfectly, combining well with Hirving Lozano on the left wing. The defender is a constant attacking threat on the left flank, with excellent dribbling skills and a wicked cross – he has already registered five assists for his team-mates this season – a stat which will have Salomon Rondon licking his lips in the Newcastle attack. His impressive showings have not gone unnoticed, receiving his first call-up to Spain’s U21 side back in October and Angelino is now knocking on the door for a spot in the senior squad.
Offering him a swift return to England could prove to be a masterstroke from the Magpies.
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