Newcastle should bring in a new midfielder in the January transfer window.
Newcastle’s season has not progressed in the manner that many expected, and they sit just two points outside of the relegation places in the Premier League.
Steve McClaren has led his team to just two victories, and the head coach needs to bring in a number of players in January to improve his squad.
All the positions in his squad could do with strengthening, but there is one place in particular which has become an obvious weak point in the playing squad.
The defensive midfield roles are such an important part of a team playing a 4-2-3-1 system, but this season, McClaren has been unable to call upon any particularly strong performers in his double-pivot.
Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote have all played that role this term, but so far, none of that group have been impressive.
Signing a new holding player should be key aim for McClaren in January, and he should look to the Netherlands again to bring in a player who could solve many of Newcastle’s issues.
Tonny Vilhena currently plays for Feyenoord, but he wants to leave the club due to his playing situation. He has started only one league game this term, but prior to this season, the 20-year-old had established himself as a key figure in Feyenoord’s first-team.
He has now played 113 games, and has proven his ability as a holding midfielder at De Kuip, making him a perfect signing for Newcastle.
In the last two seasons, Vilhena was one of the best holding midfielders in the Eredivisie. He frequently registered high statistics for tackles, interceptions and clearances per game, whilst he has averaged a passing accuracy of roughly 80% since making his debut.
He has all the makings of being a top level holding player, and signing Vilhena would fit the Magpies policy of bringing in young players for cheap who have a wealth of potential, and a very large future sell-on fee.
Vilhena wants a transfer in January, and Newcastle should be at the front of the queue to sign him.