Newcastle midfielder search: best loan options before deadline

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Steve Bruce will be working hard all night on transfers as the October 5 deadline approaches.

The Newcastle United boss is still keen to strengthen his options at the back, but some fans have argued that a central midfielder won’t hurt. The Magpies have several players keen to pulverize a pass, but when it comes to players capable of covering the field and setting a tackle, it’s often up to Isaac Hayden to do the dirty work.

With less than a week of the remaining window, a loan deal seems the most viable option right now, and we’ve looked at three possible options for Bruce.

Eric Pulgar

The Chilean midfielder joined Fiorentina from Bologna last year and has built a reputation for being a creative and aggressive midfielder.

He’s admired for his corner delivery, and that underpins a strong set-piece ability. Last season in Serie A, he was 16th in successful defensive actions by 90 minutes among central midfielders who played at least 1,000 league minutes (source: Wyscout).

Under the same conditions, Pulgar was 20th in interceptions and he would provide Newcastle with a combative and athletic midfielder who can contribute creatively from set pieces. Recent reports has indicated that Leeds United are interested in Pulgar for 15 million euros, and Fiorentina could be interested in a loan agreement with option or obligation to buy.

Wylan Cyprien

France is a familiar hunting ground for the Magpies, especially under Mike Ashley.

Cyprien is currently in the Nice Books and has been linked to Newcastle this summer as he is in the last year of his contract. Nice are believed to want € 10million for the midfielder, and while it may be difficult for the club to fend for themselves now, they could postpone him until next summer with a purchase obligation.

The big worry around Cyprien is his injury record. The 25-year-old suffered a nasty ACL injury in March 2017, and the possibility of it recurring may have deterred some teams. That said, Cyprien is a talented midfielder who gets things done. He likes to get on the ball regularly and keep it moving without being too flashy.

If Bruce is looking for someone to move around the field and build things from back to front, he might be the perfect man in Cyprien.

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Ruben Loftus-cheek

Arguably the most familiar of Bruce’s three names, it was recently suggested that Frank Lampard would allow Loftus-Cheek to leave Chelsea on loan this summer.

The 24-year-old was not fortunate enough to suffer an Achilles tendon injury during a charity match against New England Revolution in May 2019. Prior to that, he was on a productive loan at Crystal Palace during the 2017/2018 season and was considered one of England’s most successful young midfielders.

His ability to move the ball quickly from back to front could help the Magpies assemble their attacks and provide Hayden with some help covering the court when he is out of possession. Bruce may need to be patient with Loftus-Cheek as he adjusts to regular first-team football, but in the long run he could be a valuable asset in the heart of the midfield.


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