Is Alfonso Pedraza actually good enough for Newcastle?

Real Madrid's defender from Spain Daniel Carvajal (L) vies with Alaves' forward from Spain Alfonso Pedraza during the Spanish league football match Deportivo Alaves vs Real Madrid CF at...

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in the Spaniard.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the manner in which he has gone about his business during his time in charge at St James' Park.

He has managed to ignore outside influences, and guide his side to an impressive start to their 2017/18 campaign.

Newcastle currently sit in seventh position in the Premier League table, just two points adrift of the Champions League spots, and the Toon army are now expecting an exciting campaign ahead for their team.

Rafa will certainly still want to strengthen his options in January, however, and the International Business Times reported yesterday that one of his targets is Villarreal ace Alfonso Pedraza.

Aleix Vidal of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Alfonso Pedraza of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Barcelona at Estadio de Mendizorroza on August...Alfonso Pedraza in action

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season in England on loan with Leeds United, but is he good enough for the Tyneside outfit?

He has certainly showcased his ability during his time with Alaves on loan this season, but the versatile left-footer seems to lack a certain cutting edge to his game.

Pedraza's final ball is poor, and when he is deployed in the left-wing role, he doesn't seem to offer enough going forward to justify his position in the final third.

Tomas Kalas of Fulham tackles Alfonso Pedraza of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England.Alfonso Pedraza in action during his time with Leeds

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The Spaniard can also play at left-back, but his positional sense needs a lot of work before it can be classed as even sufficient.

With the intensity and robust nature of the Premier League, it is questionable as to whether Pedraza would be able to adapt to the demands of the game in England.

And Benitez might just be better served in targeting players with more experience of playing in arguably the most competitive league in the world.

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