Newcastle eye Leeds-linked star who boasts statistic bettered only by Messi

Ciaran McCarthy
Jens Cajuste, Dusan Tadic, November 2020

Under-pressure Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is looking to bring in a midfield star to improve his side, and one international stands out, who is second only to Lionel Messi in one statistic.

Newcastle‘s start to the season has been less than ideal. The Magpies are currently firmly in the Premier League relegation zone, and are yet to win a league game.

While boss Bruce is already under pressure, this start to the season has left him walking on eggshells among fans.

Therefore, Bruce is looking to add some talent to his squad, and lift Newcastle safely away from the drop zone.

The Magpies brought in Joe Willock in the summer, on a deal until 2027. They also looked to bring in a box-to-box midfielder to partner him, and their interest in one man has resurfaced.

That man is Swedish international Jens Cajuste. Cajuste was the subject of bids from Leeds United and Newcastle in the summer, but Midtjylland would not budge.

Cajuste was upset by Midtjylland’s decision not to sell him in the summer, and as a result has only featured three times for the Danish side since.

“I was disappointed and I hoped to take the next step. But I have to accept it and make the best of the situation,” he said.

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Newcastle seem to have renewed their interest, and are apparently willing to pay above £12million for the midfielder.

It is clear to see why Cajuste is so popular, he made the second-most dribbles in the Champions League last season. Only Lionel Messi bettered him in that department.

Newcastle danger as Bruce questioned

Steve Bruce Newcastle manager August 2021

Newcastle have made a habit of placing in the relegation zone throughout the season in recent years. Still, they have managed to remain a Premier League side for now.

Their start to the season, however, leaves much to be desired. Though Allan Saint-Maximin has been a bright spark, much of the squad looks tired and dejected.

As such, Newcastle have conceded the joint-most goals in the Premier League this season, with 16.

Should Steve Bruce fail to halt this poor run, he could finally find himself sacked from his post.

Chris Wilder is said to be in the box seat should Bruce find himself out of a job. Wilder is still regarded as a top manager after Sheffield United’s return to the Premier League, despite their poor form in the second season, which led Wilder to leave the club.

It remains to be seen whether Bruce will leave Newcastle. He is reluctant to leave of his own accord and Mike Ashley may not want to sack the manager, as he would have to pay the rest of his contract.

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