The Magpies set out to make big signings in the January transfer window and one of those targets has been criticized for a drop in performance since attracting interest from the north-east club.
Newcastle United’s January transfer window ended up being one of the most exciting and successful in the club’s history, as the Magpies began to use their huge financial backing to sign some of the best players for the club. first time after their successful £300m takeover in October.
And they weren’t shy about showing their ambition for the future, with a few high-profile targets approached at the start of the new year, including Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco who would certainly have been a standout signing for the club.
But since this interest from the Magpies, the Spanish outlet Mark believes the prospect of a Premier League move for Carrasco “has filled his ears” and is to blame for his dip in performance of late.
Towards the end of the January window, it was reported by foot market that Eddie Howe’s side were one of several top-flight clubs interested in signing the Belgium international, who had been ‘open’ to leaving the Spanish capital at the end of the season.
However, nothing has materialized for the 28-year-old and after a positive start to the season, during which he netted two goals and four assists in 14 appearances, the Spanish outlet believe he has suffered a decline in performance since receiving interest. from overseas.
He has made just five of Atletico’s 10 appearances since the end of the winter window, contributing with one goal and one assist, while he failed to make Belgium’s squad for the recent international break, with the Spanish media reporting that he needs to change his attitude.
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Carrasco has established a good reputation in recent years for his impressive performances in the final third, previously linked with Chelsea, and he would certainly have become one of Newcastle’s best and most impressive players had they signed him in January. .
The prospect of a move to the Premier League and the incredibly wealthy Magpies is an exciting prospect for any footballer, but it has now been blamed as the reason for the Belgian’s dip in form.
Atletico’s No.21 remains keen to leave the Metropolitano this year and interest from the Premier League, ‘particularly Newcastle’, is believed to be already at the forefront of his mind, with the state of Marca .
The Magpies have more than enough financial muscle to offer Carrasco a contract at the end of the season and if they’ve expressed any prior interest there’s no reason why they can’t do so again. , especially if a player from the Belgian quality team wants to move.
Howe and Co. are expected to try to bring in major reinforcements at the end of the season to ensure they don’t risk being dragged into another relegation fight next year, while looking to progress to the top half of the table.
Carrasco has changed agents this season and it could hint that other changes in his career will also be made as a result. However, if any of them are to end up in the northeast, that will only be said over time.