Go for it Rafa: Newcastle signing this Portuguese star with 7 goals and 4 assists would add some much-needed firepower

Newcastle United opinion: Ricardo Horta will be a top fit for the Magpies

Newcastle United recorded a late draw against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday. Salomon Rondon was on the score sheet for Newcastle, helping Rafael Benitez’s men record a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The Venezuelan, 29, who is on loan from West Brom, scored a stunning free-kick as the Magpies picked up another valuable point in their bid to stay in the Premier League.

Bournemouth scored twice after Rondon’s goal and with time almost running out for the visitors, Matt Ritchie came back to haunt his former side in the stoppage time.

Rondon has been Newcastle’s chief source of goals this season, bagging 9 goals and 5 assists. In an underwhelming Newcastle side that has looked predictable and one-dimensional going forward, the bulky 29-year-old has done an excellent job up front.

Should the Magpies avoid the drop, they need to add more quality to their attacking ranks to enjoy a plain sailing in the top-tier next term.

There are a lot of eyes fixed on Miguel Almiron to perform well after he became Newcastle’s record signing when he joined for £20million in January from Atlanta United.

He has excited everyone following his arrival and although he is yet to break his duck, the 25-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance at Tyneside.

To put things into perspective, Newcastle United need much more than Almiron next season if they are to supply Rondon with regular service and Benitez would do a world of good by signing S.C Braga star Ricardo Horta.

Ricardo Horta, 24, has been in sublime form for Braga this season. He has already netted seven goals and supplied four assists in 26 games and continues to dazzle in Braga colours since moving from Malaga in 2017.

The one-cap Portuguese international mostly plays on the left wing but he is equally comfortable playing as a left-sided midfielder or in the hole behind the striker. Horta thrives in a free role as it gives him the license to move across the pitch and occupy smart positions to link up with his teammates.

The 24-year-old uses his pace and creativity to hurt the opposition, being effective when he controls possession for his side in the final third and sprays passes.

Furthermore, his silky dribbling skills and tricky nature on the ball makes him an excellent ball carrier, pushing the team forward consistently.


Horta has the ability to be a very special player and possesses the qualities to flourish in the Premier League and make an impression quickly. The Portuguese’s commitment to the cause is right up there.

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So with Newcastle United definitely needing more firepower to their attack, Benitez would do a terrific job to sign Horta from Braga this summer.

Written by Rohan Sengupta

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