Reported Newcastle target Ibrahim Sangare shines in first AFCON match for Ivory Coast
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Reported Newcastle target Ibrahim Sangare shines in first AFCON match for Ivory Coast

Reported Newcastle United transfer target Ibrahim Sangare was in action last night for Ivory Coast against Equatorial Guinea.

The Elephants got their AFCON campaign off to a winning start, with Max Gradel scoring the game’s only goal in what was a close contest.

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The former Leeds United man struck after just five minutes, rifling in from the edge of the penalty area.

Ivory Coast go top of Group E with the win, with the other two teams in the group, Algeria and Sierra Leone, playing out a 0-0 draw.

Any Newcastle fans tuning in to the match may have noted the solid performance of Sangare for the Ivorians.

The PSV Eindhoven star was linked with a move to Newcastle earlier this week.

The Daily Mail reported the Magpies were showing interest in the defensive midfielder.

Sangare was pretty dominant against Equatorial Guinea.

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According to Sofascore, he completed 49/55 (89%) passes. Five of those were ‘key passes’, by far the most of any player.

He was among the most-involved players in the match, having 72 touches of the ball.

It was a busy display from the star defensively too. He also won 6/9 duels and made a couple of clearances, as well as a couple of interceptions.

Ibrahim Sangare would improve Newcastle’s midfielder

Sangare will definitely come up against stronger opposition, but he undoubtedly looked good last night playing for his country.

Sangare is someone that could make a big difference to Newcastle’s midfield. Literally.

He is physically imposing. Newcastle aren’t really the biggest of teams, and Sangare’s 6ft 3in frame would be ideal in the middle of the park.

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He would bring steel and tenacity, but he is also very good on the ball. His pass accuracy in the Eredivise so far this season is an impressive 86% (WhoScored).

He has a well-rounded game, and Newcastle do a lot worst than to bolster their midfield with him.