Why Newcastle United should definitely make a move for Alberto Moreno
Newcastle United picked up an important win by beating Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor. Rafa Benitez will be pleased with his side’s performances that now has them at 15th place on the table.
The Magpies have struggled to find the back of the net on a consistent basis but they have looked very stoic at the back, conceding 19 goals across their 14 games. Only Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton from outside the top four have conceded fewer goals than Rafa Benitez’s side.
But the manager should definitely strengthen things up at the back when the transfer window opens in January. Newcastle could really do with a left-back at the moment. Rafa Benitez has resorted to using Paul Dummett this season but the Spanish manager used Matt Ritchie as a left-back in the win against Burnley.
According to ESPN, Sevilla are interested in re-signing out of favour Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno. The left-back has fallen down the pecking order at the club since the emergence of Andrew Robertson and will also be out of contract in the summer. Sevilla are interested in completing a free transfer.
But Newcastle United should definitely consider making a move for the wing-back in January. Rafa Benitez does not have an out and out left-back in his squad and Moreno would prove to be an ideal mid-season addition.
The Spaniard has had a couple of lacklustre seasons with Liverpool over the last two years but he would certainly fit into Benitez’s pragmatic style of football at the St. James’ Park. The 26-year-old is exciting and lively when surging up the field. He’s got a good whip of the ball and can send delicious crosses for the striker to score.
Moreno, who joined Liverpool for £12m, is also very good at tracking back and timing his last-ditch tackles. The only major drawback the former Sevilla defender has is his issue of often getting caught out of position or getting beaten too easily, but that’s not something which can’t be improved.
Moreno is also versatile enough to play as a left-midfielder and will provide further options for Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle United should definitely make a move for Alberto Moreno in January. Given that he is set to leave for free in the summer, the Magpies should try and strike a cut-price deal for the Spaniard in January.
The prospect of playing regular football in the Premier League might be enough to convince the Liverpool defender.