Forget Shelvey: Howe must seal NUFC swoop for £27m-rated gem who “nobody plays like” – opinion

Forget Shelvey: Howe must seal NUFC swoop for £27m-rated gem who “nobody plays like” – opinion

Newcastle United are interested in a deal to bring Toni Kroos to St. James’ Park in the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Spanish publication Marca, who claim that the Real Madrid midfielder is one of the names on PIF’s shortlist of transfer targets ahead of the winter market.

The report goes on to state that, although it would be a difficult task to prise the 31-year-old away from the Santiago Bernabeu in January, the Magpies’ hierarchy plan to “investigate the possibility of securing his signature anyway.”

Indeed, it is suggested that, with Newcastle’s newfound riches, the club could offer the Los Blancos president, Florentino Perez, an offer he simply cannot refuse for the Germany international.

PIF must move

Considering the distinct lack of quality in Newcastle’s central midfield ranks at present, coupled with the undoubted world-class ability of Kroos, should there be the slightest possibility of the Magpies owners securing a move for the Real Madrid man in the January transfer window, PIF must do all they can to get a deal over the line for the 31-year-old.

Indeed, the £27m-rated man has proven over the past decade that he is one of the most influential midfielders still playing the game, scoring 24 goals and registering 49 assists over 205 appearances for Bayern Munich, as well as bagging 23 goals and providing 80 assists over his 328 fixtures for Madrid – winning practically every trophy imaginable along the way.

These returns have, rather understandably, seen the £329k-per-week playmaker receive an immense amount of praise, none more so than from one of his Real Madrid teammates, Vinicius, who said of the German: “Toni is unbelievable, he’s a wonderful player. Every time he steps onto the pitch, he shows his immense class, nobody plays like him.”

As such, there is simply no comparison to be made between the talent of Kroos and that of someone such as Jonjo Shelvey, who, over his four Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season, has averaged an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.30 – ranking him as the club’s third-worst performer in the league.

So, should Newcastle indeed have the chance to sign the World Cup-winning Kroos this winter, the club should pull out every stop available in a bid to do so, as the 31-year-old would be a revolutionary first signing of the Magpies’ new era.

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