Why Newcastle United should go for Badou Ndiaye in January
Back in June 2018, a report from the Chronicle had claimed that Newcastle United were interested in signing Stoke City’s Badou Ndiaye.
Badou Ndiaye, 28, is a powerful and energetic midfielder who forged a reputation as a reliable goal-scorer in Turkey; however, he has failed to live up to the expectations in England. He has managed just 15 appearances for Stoke, scoring two goals.
After failing to secure a move away from the Potters over the summer, the midfielder was re-introduced into the side by manager Nathan Jones. Nevertheless, the Senegalese could be attracted to a Premier League switch in January if Newcastle United come calling.
Newcastle have had a shaky start under Steve Bruce, managing just four points from five points. The latest defeat to Liverpool suggested there are a lot of areas the Magpies must improve if they are to retain their top-flight status.
One of those areas is the midfield, with Bruce lacking quality as well as depth. The club allowed Mohamed Diame to leave on a free transfer at the end of last season, leaving Bruce with very limited options in the central midfield department.
Isaac Hayden has been their standout performer thus far and while the likes of Sean Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yeung are decent players, Bruce simply needs more energy and steel in his engine room. Newcastle haven’t firmed up their interest again in Badou Ndiaye yet—but he is someone they should turn to replace Diame.
Ndiaye is a quick, dynamic and strong midfielder capable of playing in the box to box role or in a more advanced position.
Tactically, the Senegal international would be a wonderful fit for Bruce’s style of play at St. James’ Park with his high work-rate, ability to break up the play, carry the ball forward, create opportunities and work the pockets of space in the middle of the park.
Hayden has caught the eye with a string of combative displays in central midfield this season. Ndiaye could be his perfect partner, given his attributes and one cannot help but wonder that such a partnership with Hayden at the heart of the midfield could work wonders for the Magpies.
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The ex-Galatasaray man would give Newcastle some strength in depth as well, providing competition for Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff in the centre of the park.
That said, Newcastle should consider rekindling their interest in Ndiaye and give him another chance to showcase his talent in the Premier League.