Why Garry Rodrigues to Newcastle would be a good move
According to Turkish source Hurriyet, Newcastle United want to sign Netherlands-born Cape Verde winger Garry Rodrigues from Galatasaray. The Turkish giants are dealing with the UEFA over FFP rules, meaning they have to sell players before buying any. And they have kept Rodrigues on the list of players who could be sold.
The Magpies have made an alarmingly mediocre start to the season, failing to win a game in eight so far in the league. The only consolation Rafa Benitez’s men have is that they have played five of the top six already. It indicates that their next set of fixtures would be slightly favourable.
The club from the North-east must start picking up wins post the international break to come out of the bottom three.
One thing which Newcastle have really lacked is the creativity from the wide and middle areas of the pitch. Hence, targeting Rodrigues makes sense:
Garry Rodrigues – Player Analysis
Rodrigues is a fine player who predominantly plays as a left-winger for Galatasaray in Turkey. He has scored three goals in eight appearances in the league and the Champions League so far this season. The 27-year-old possesses terrific pace and dribbling skills to go past people in a flash.
Hence, he is a genuine threat from counter-attacks, something from which Benitez could benefit. The winger also likes to cut inside in possession and have a pop at goal or create space for the full-back on the outside.
The Cape Verde international is very good at passing and creating chances for the team. He has created eight chances in eight appearances in league and Europe.
However, his defensive contribution maybe slightly less, which needs to be worked on if he arrives at St. James’ Park. In spite of that, Rodrigues is a dynamic player who could improve the Newcastle attack and fabricate more opportunities for the strikers.
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The Magpies need a spark from somewhere to ignite their pale season. Buying new players to add firepower to the line-up might be a step in the right direction. They have struggled for goals and chances, hence, going after Rodrigues could be the solution.
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