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Newcastle United To Rival AS Roma For This Gifted Playmaker: Dream Option For Howe?

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In a recent report, AS mentioned that Newcastle United are set to rival AS Roma for former Real Madrid playmaker Isco who has become a free agent this summer. It has been revealed that the Magpies are eager to get the Spain international on board in this off-season.

Isco’s Recent Struggles In The Spanish Capital

Isco had a frustrating spell with Los Blancos in the previous campaign as he failed to secure a regular starting spot at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The 30-year-old made 17 appearances for the Madrid giants last season, netting two goals in the process across multiple competitions.

The Spaniard had to often settle for a spot on the bench which could be why he only averaged 0.8 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in La Liga. He even distributed the ball relatively well after making 90.3% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 06: Isco Alarcon of Real Madrid controls the ball while Quini of Granada CF looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 06, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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Is Isco A Dream Option For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Isco can be a decent playmaker in the final third and can complete some dangerous runs in the opponent’s half. However, the 38-time Spain international has to find a way to improve his offensive productivity if he intends to be a success story in England. He mainly operates as an attacking midfielder but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player if required.

The fact that Isco is available as a free agent this summer makes him an attractive signing for Newcastle to pursue in this off-season. He would inject more quality into Eddie Howe‘s first XI and is good enough to secure a regular starting spot at St. James’ Park next season.

At 30, the Benalmadena-born talent has still got a lot of football left in him. If Isco can overcome his recent injury problems, he would be a dream option for the Magpies as he will instill a winning mentality in the Newcastle dressing room. Plus, the gifted Spanish dribbler could even help the Tyneside outfit secure a top-half finish in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

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