Had it not been for one man, Valentino Lazaro might not be a Newcastle player right now.

While Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley were praised by the Austrian’s agent, it’s Steve Nickson who seems to have had the biggest influence.

Lazaro’s agent Max Hagmayr told the Chronicle about how involved the Magpies’ head of recruitment was, insisting it played a part in convincing his client to join.

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“It was how Steve Nickson introduced the club and how they made the decision to go for Valentino,” Hagmayr told the Chronicle.

“He was very well-prepared. They were checking Valentino and this gives you a good feeling.”

High praise indeed for Nickson, who has been criticised in recent times. It was his scouting missions that led to Newcastle signing Joelinton for a club record £40million.

 

So far, it’s hard to understand what he saw in the Brazilian, especially at that price.

After one substitute appearance, Lazaro looks like he fits the part, however.

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He came off the bench against Norwich, and provided some classy touches down the right. He’s certainly more comfortable than DeAndre Yedlin, that’s for sure.

It’s a boost to see Nickson getting so much praise for his involvement in the deal, as Lazaro was a man in demand.

The Austrian was linked with RB Leipzig, who are competing for the Bundesliga title. In contrast, Newcastle are playing a brand of football that almost can’t be described as football.

Top marks for Nickson, whose depth of preparation has played an important role in Newcastle signing a much-needed player.

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