Why Valon Berisha would be a good fit at Newcastle United
Back in June 2018, the Chronicle had reported that Newcastle United were interested in signing Valon Berisha, who was then playing for Red Bull Salzburg. But a deal didn’t go through and the creative midfielder ended up joining Lazio last summer.
Valon Berisha, 26, endured an injury-hit debut season with Lazio that limited him to just 14 games. He’s back fit and firing now and the Kosovo international would hope to keep himself fit for the entire Serie A campaign.
The window of opportunity appears to have passed for Newcastle with Berisha now, but having seen him excel in Kosovo’s 5-3 defeat to England at the St Mary’s Stadium in the UEFA EURO qualifiers last month, it may be worth keeping him on the radar for a January move.
Newcastle are in a crisis at the moment, with Steve Bruce’s side enduring a humiliating defeat the hands of Leicester City on Sunday. Isaac Hayden’s red card in the first half proved to be fatal for the Toon Army who capitulated after the break. The Foxes ran riot, scoring five past Martin Dubravka which has put Bruce’s job under more scrutiny by the fans than he already was.
The Magpies now sit in 19th place in the Premier League table, after what has been an awful start to the season. Their latest performance has not aided Bruce’s popularity with a fan base who were largely against his appointment in the first place. It looks an uphill task now and Bruce will need to quickly turnaround things if he’s to keep his job at St. James’ Park.
If the 58-year-old manages to negotiate the difficult period and secure his place at the club’s helm, he must bring in a creative midfielder to bolster his attacking ranks. At the moment, Newcastle look devoid of any energy, creative spark and flair and if they are to avoid relegation from top-flight, Bruce must plot a January swoop for Valon Berisha.
A talented dribbler, Berisha also possesses skill, creativity and flair on the ball, which can keep defenders guessing. The 26-year-old has technical skills to carve open a stubborn defence, whilst his off the ball work-rate is also impressive. He is very good with his positioning and rarely gives away the ball cheaply in possession.
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A creative player with an eye for goal, the Kosovo international would certainly enhance the attacking quality available at St. James’ Park. Berisha can play through the middle or on either of the flanks and would provide Bruce with further attacking intent in the final third.
Now that it’s clear Berisha has no future at Lazio, Newcastle should definitely go all out for him in January. He could prove an inspired addition that helps the Magpies retain their top-flight status.