Lucien Favre is currently the favourite to become the new manager of Newcastle United.
Reports in Germany have claimed the Swiss tactician is now the frontrunner to succeed Steve Bruce at St. James’ Park.
An announcement does not appear to be imminent.
But talk has been growing about Favre in recent days.
It’s possible the new owners will already have some transfer targets in mind.
But if Favre is named manager, here are some players that have worked under him who could be worth targeting.
Plea enjoyed a tremendous rise at Nice under Favre.
The central striker made 81 appearances under him and scored 35 goals. He also made 10 assists.
Plea was actually linked with a move to Newcastle a few years ago
In 2018 the club apparently offered Nice £20 million, which wasn’t enough, and the player was supposedly left ‘unimpressed’ with the club’s ‘sporting project’ (via Chronicle).
Perhaps he’ll feel differently now that the club has been taken over and if Favre signs up, he might fancy a reunion.
Newcastle could certainly do with another decent striker in addition to Callum Wilson.
Perhaps Newcastle could look to bring in Fabian Schar’s international teammate.
Akanji, 26, worked with Favre at Borussia Dortmund and remains a regular with at Bundesliga outfit. He’s already made 15 appearances this season, playing 90 minutes in 14 of them.
If there are a couple of things the Newcastle backline currently lacks, it’s pace and athleticism.
Akanji is quick across the ground and physical. And he can also play out from the back.
Potentially he’d make for a great addition, and obviously he already has an understanding with Schar from the Switzerland national team.
He has less than two years left on his contract, meaning Dortmund shouldn’t be able to demand an extortionate fee.
Julian Weigl now plays for Benfica, where he has been since January 2020.
He worked with Favre at Borussia Dortmund, making 44 appearances under him.
Weigl is a defensive-minded midfielder, with a lovely passing range.
He is someone capable of dictating the tempo of games, and would flourish in a team that operates a possession-based system, which is Favre’s way.
According to WhoScored he has 91.6% pass accuracy so far this season which is highly impressive.
He has also shown he can makes things happen in an attacking sense, and has provided four assists across all competitions.