Newcastle should look at reported Arsenal target Aleksandr Golovin to increase goals from midfield

CSKA Moscow's Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin (L) watches his freekick beat Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (R) to make the score 1-1 during the UEFA Europa League first leg...

Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on CSKA Moscow's Aleksandr Golovin, but he perfectly fits Newcastle's profile more at the moment.

Aleksandr Golovin of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between Arsenal FC and CSKA Moskva at Emirates Stadium on April 5, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Newcastle United have averaged exactly a goal per Premier League game so far this season, scoring 31 times in as many fixtures, and improving in the final third must be addressed ahead of next term.

While the Magpies need a great finisher up front, they could also do with some form of goal threats in the middle of the park.

Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey have been involved in two goals and two assists respectively, but Newcastle need someone capable of doing more in front of goal from midfield, and the answer to that problem could be found in CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.

According to The Sun, Arsenal are keen on the 21-year-old Russia international ahead of the summer transfer window, and after he netted a sublime freekick against them during Thursday's Europa League encounter, the Gunners will only admire him more.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United speaks to Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March...

Golovin has also been linked with Chelsea and Barcelona, but none of the trio can guarantee him regular playing time given the quality of their midfield and benches.

At this stage of his career, frequent action is crucial to his development, and the St. James' Park outfit is the perfect place for the young midfielder to thrive.

CSKA have reportedly placed a £10million price tag on Golovin’s head, and that amount shouldn't be too much for Newcastle to part with.

The youngster has six goals and three assists across all competitions this term, and is already a starter for both club and country.

Golovin's technical abilities, decision making on the ball, sharp eyes for goals, and defensive capabilities can see him fit perfectly as the missing piece of Newcastle's puzzle in midfield.

Aleksandr Golovin of Russia vies for the ball with Renato Augusto of Brazil during the International friendly  match between Russia and Brazil at Luzhniki Stadium on March 23, 2018 in...

He is definitely bound to catch the eyes of scouts during the summer World Cup, and should Rafa Benitez's side come calling, he is not likely to say no as he is assured of a starting berth.

Golovin isn't a player Newcastle can hold on to for the long term given his potential, and his sell-on value can see them make a huge profit on his sales eventually.

The Magpies can do with more goals from midfield next term, and no one fits that profile in the market more than Golovin.

 

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