Newcastle fans are well aware of the tasks ahead of them this summer. The Magpies know that whilst a lot of players will be departing St James Park, a lot of players need to come in. It’s become common knowledge that Isaac Hayden will be off this summer, so who better to replace him than a veteran of European football, Andreas Samaris?
The Greek midfielder is currently at Benfica and with his contract expiring this summer the midfield anchor would be perfect for Newcastle. However, Fotomac has claimed, via Sport Witness, that Galatasaray, Wolves and West Ham also hold an interest in the impressive Benfica star. Signing a new midfield ace was always going to be key regardless of Hayden’s future, and Samaris could be the man.
At the age of 29-years-old, it’s fair to say that the Greek international has been around long enough to know what he’s doing. The Benfica man is a regular in Europe, having played in either the Europa League or Champions League for six consecutive seasons, and that kind of experience would be key at St James Park as he’d be coming in and partnering the youthful Sean Longstaff.
So what are the potential consequences of Newcastle signing Andreas Samaris?
Benitez Lands His Hayden Replacement
This season didn’t start well for Isaac Hayden. The young midfield man came into the season gutted to still be at St James Park as he failed to find a move away last summer. The former Arsenal academy man has nothing against the club but wants (as per the Telegraph) to leave for family reasons. It got worse when he was sent off against Cardiff in just the second game of the season.
Since then, though, the midfield man has been a model professional, putting in some incredible performances for the Magpies despite his outspoken desire to leave the Northeast. It’s got the point where the fans are gutted that the midfield man may be leaving soon, although their pains of Hayden’s departure could soon be soothed by the arrival of the Benfica star Samaris.
Perfect Longstaff Partner Found
At the start of the season, Sean Longstaff was just another one of the Magpies’ impressive youth players who looked set to make a career himself somewhere or the other, yet no one quite expected his breakthrough to be what it has been. The 21-year-old has shone throughout the campaign when he’s played, really coming good at the turn of the year when Rafa Benitez thrust him into the fold, and he’s yet to look back.
Sadly, an ankle injury ended his season prematurely during the Geordies’ 2-0 loss away at West Ham, and now he’ll be champing at the bit to get back into Premier League action at the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Without Hayden, having the right man next to Longstaff is imperative, and Samaris has the defensive discipline and passing range to allow Longstaff to play his box-to-box role without having to worry about what’s behind him when he goes forward, making him the perfect partner.