History suggests Kristopher Da Graca could fit in at Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

The 19-year-old defender is reportedly on trial with Newcastle United.

Sami Hyypia. David Luiz. Raul Albiol. Raphael Varane. These are just four of the defenders to thrive under Rafael Benitez at his various footballing outposts across the continent.

And, while the likes of the ultra-competitive Jamie Carragher and Roberto ‘scissor tackle’ Ayala took their hitherto impressive games to a new level under the Spaniard, it seems that the modern ball-playing centre-back have always played a valuable role in Benitez’s teams.

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According to The Sun, the 56-year-old could be about to welcome an extra dash of class to a Newcastle backline already blessed with the composure and style of Jamaal Lascelles (below).

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans after the match

Kristopher da Graca may not have played a single senior minute for Arsenal but the 19-year-old has caught the eye of Benitez, The Sun adding that the 19-year-old has been offered a trial on Tyneside.

Should he pass, Newcastle would gain a defender more than comfortable breaking from the back in possession, a player quick and positive in possession and versatile in position.

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The Swedish teenager’s route to the top has been hampered by a number of error-prone displays and the odd injury but, as The Chronicle reports, the Magpies are more than keen to make a move with his contract at The Emirates up at the end of the season.

And da Graca can take some comfort in knowing that ball-playing centre-halves tend to emerge as central figures in a Benitez side.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Just this season, Lascelles and Clark, two defenders as comfortable with the ball as without it, have cemented their place in the starting XI ahead of the powerful, pragmatic Chancel Mbemba and Grant Hanley.

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