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Newcastle United: Journalist claims winger could be backup option for Diaby

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Jacque Talbot has claimed that winger Jack Harrison is an alternative option to Moussa Diaby for Newcastle United this summer.

The Magpies have given up on their pursuit of Diaby, according to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, and, Talbot told Giv
when asked about the situation: “I think Diaby would be the number one target and the alternative to him would be Jack Harrison.

“I think that’s a little bit underwhelming for what they want to do. They brought in players like Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman, presumably under the pretence they’re going to show ambition.”

We’d have to agree with talbot when he says that a move for Harrison over Diaby would be a tad underwhelming. Last season, Diaby tore the Bundesliga apart at times for Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 13 goals, and assisting a further 12. In comparison, Harrison managed eight goals and one assist in the Premier League, albeit in a struggling Leeds side.

The contrast in output couldn’t be more glaring, and it is something that Newcastle would likely notice if they opted for Harrison over Diaby. Considering the Leverkusen winger’s numbers, it must be said, Newcastle would be unlikely to regret splashing the cash.

TIF Thoughts on Talbot’s Comments…

With just over a month left until the summer transfer window shut, a lot can still happen. From a Newcastle perspective, they may want to welcome more names still, given the fact that just two new faces have walked through the door so far in the form of Nick Pope and Sven Botman – Matt Targett also being made permanent.

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The Magpies, following the takeover, will have lofty ambitions ahead of next season; ambitions that may only be reached with further reinforcements. And, it must be said, those reinforcements must be the right names. Whether Harrison is one of those names remains to be seen, however.

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