Why Newcastle United would be wise to avoid moving for Lucas Vazquez
A youth exponent of Real Madrid, Lucas Vazquez largely featured for the club’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams in the lower divisions earlier in his career and spent time on loan at Espanyol before making his first-team bow for Los Blancos in the 2015-16 campaign.
A decent tally of 22 goals and 44 assists in 191 appearances in all competitions lies testimony to the diminutive winger’s rise at the Bernabeu over the last four seasons.
However, Vazquez has never really managed to nail down a regular starting role at his boyhood club, with a lion’s share of his involvement coming as substitute appearances.
Despite his obvious pedigree as a winger, the 28-year-old has always been restricted to a bit-part role at Madrid and with his contract set to expire in 2021, the Los Blancos’ decision to cash in on him in January certainly looks justified.
Vazquez, who represented Spain at Euro 2016 and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, has struggled to make much of an impact in recent times.
The 28-year-old scored only once in 31 La Liga outings the last term and has scored only once in 6 league appearances for far this season, numbers which clearly highlight a significant dip in returns as compared to his exploits in previous years.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United’s attacking woes in the Premier League this season has been well-documented, despite them forking out sizeable amounts of cash on Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin in the summer.
The Toon Army registered a 3-2 victory over West Ham last week to climb up to 13th in the standings but lacklustre returns of 11 goals in 12 games clearly epitomise the need to dip into the market for further attacking reinforcements.
While Saint-Maximin has shown some signs of promise in the first quarter of the campaign, Joelinton has only found the net once in 11 appearances, and Miguel Almiron is yet to open his account for the season.
Newcastle definitely need to bring in some fresh faces in January but a move for Lucas Vazquez might not be the wisest investment for a number of reasons.
Although Vazquez would come through the door at Tyneside as an instant upgrade on Almiron, it is imperative to say that the Spaniard’s form over the past twelve months has been less than spectacular.
The highly-competitive nature of the Premier League and the gruelling physicality makes the English top-flight a daunting challenge for any professional and Vazquez, who has never plied his trade outside of his homeland, isn’t an exception.
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With that in mind, Newcastle would be wise enough to turn their attention elsewhere if they are genuinely interested in bolstering their attack.