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Why Newcastle must beat West Ham to sign this versatile 25-year-old defensive star

Who is Diego Reyes? All you need to know about Newcastle’s new target

Newcastle United, along with West Ham United, are interested in Porto’s Mexican international defender Diego Reyes. Following the expiry of his contract with the Portuguese club, the 25-year-old is a free agent and he must look for options elsewhere.

The Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is in dire need of a quality centre-back to further bolster his defensive line. On the other hand, West Ham have already signed Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena, meaning they do not need Reyes as much as Newcastle do.

Reyes is an experienced centre-back and has plenty of time to make his mark. Moving to an English club will certainly help the player improve and enhance his reputation.

Here’s everything you need to know about the player and why he could be a good addition for Newcastle.

Diego Reyes

Player Analysis – Diego Reyes

Age – 25

Main Positions – Defender (Centre), Defensive Midfielder

Reyes is a good reader of the game, which is a vital attribute for a centre-back. He can make crucial interceptions to stop build-up plays from the opposition, at a rate of 1.9 per game.

The 25-year-old is a nice blend of no-nonsense defending and accurate passing when required. In fact, he is more of an adaptive player and can change his style according to the circumstances instead of sticking to one philosophy throughout.

His height allows him to win aerial duels with ease, at an average of 2.3 per game. Reyes’ aerial skills also help him dominate centre-forwards around his box and act as a potent threat during set-pieces.

Furthermore, Reyes’ passing accuracy from deeper positions is impeccable, with a completion rate of 87%.

Diego Reyes

It won’t be an understatement to say that he can make a difference in the Premier League. After all, he certainly has the attributes required to succeed in England.

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Many players struggle to acclimatize in England and before they know it, their chance is gone. However, Reyes’ qualities might help him adjust to one of the most intense and physical leagues in the world.

Overall, he will be a good addition to whichever team he goes but in the current situation, Newcastle should make a move for him.

Stats Courtesy –  Whoscored.com

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