Signings like Adama Traore key to Newcastle's counter-attacking style

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

With Newcastle United unlikely to dominate games in the Premier League, their reported pursuit of Adama Traore shows they are prepared to play on the break.

Newcastle United were the big fish in the Championship last season as they gained promotion and won the title.

As one of the division's biggest clubs - and the pre-season favourites - Rafa Benitez's side were able to dominate matches and it mattered little that, in Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran, they had two of the league's slowest wingers.

It will be a different story back in the Premier League, though.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Matt Ritchie after the game

Although Newcastle were relegated in 2015-16, they ended the campaign, under Benitez, on a six-match unbeaten run and a counter-attacking style contributed to some devastating performances.

The speed of Andros Townsend and Moussa Sissoko was key on the break, but both players left the club following relegation.

Now, if Newcastle are to rediscover that exciting form, they must again look for some pacey wide options - and Benitez appears to be doing exactly that.

Jet-heeled Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore is a target according to the Chronicle, who also identify Jesus Navas and Jacob Murphy as alternatives. Neither lack pace.

The Magpies cannot match the huge sums being thrown around this summer and must instead rely on Benitez's tactical nous to create an effective top flight side.

A signing like Traore could be massive in that process, adding to the speed and energy already possessed by DeAndre Yedlin.

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell and Pedro Obiang

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