Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Brighton’s Leandro Trossard.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim the Belgian winger has joined the Magpies’ list of potential summer signings. Newcastle are reportedly keen to sign a wide midfielder, with Moussa Diaby and Brennan Johnson also linked.
Unlike those two players, Trossard has plenty of Premier League experience.
He joined Brighton in 2019, costing £18million from Genk. He’s impressed at the Amex, scoring 15 Premier League goals so far.
The 27-year-old has found the net five times this season, with his most recent goal coming in Brighton’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday. And another one of his goals came against Newcastle.
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Leandro Trossard scored against Newcastle with Eddie Howe in the stands
The Magpies went to Brighton on November 6th, with Graeme Jones taking charge of his third and final game. The rumour mill was swirling, with Eddie Howe on the brink of being named as Steve Bruce’s replacement.
He watched the game alongside Amanda Staveley, all but confirming his imminent appointment as Toon boss.
And in the first half he saw exactly how big a job he had on his hands. Newcastle were miles off the pace, and fell behind to a 24th minute penalty.
Trossard won it and converted it – no doubt catching the eye of Howe with his quick feet.
In the end, Newcastle rallied to win a point thanks to Isaac Hayden’s equaliser.
But Trossard was the best player on the pitch that night. He’s proven himself to be a real threat in the Premier League, while he also has experience at international level. He’s played 15 times for Belgium, and will be hoping to feature at the 2022 World Cup.
But will he be going to the World Cup as a Newcastle player? He would certainly be a decent addition, but perhaps not quite as exciting as other names linked.