Rafa Benitez is keen at Newcastle to bring young players with high potential to the club, and an excellent example of that is 21-year-old Mikel Merino who has been in excellent form for us this season and scored his first goal for the club last Saturday – an 86th minute winner against Crystal Palace.
And IBTimes UK are reporting today that Newcastle are interested in 21-year-old Villareal winger Alfonso Pedraza who was on loan at Leeds for the second half of last season.
Alfonso was in the Spanish team which won the U19 European Championship in the summer of 2015, alongside Newcastle’s Mikel Merino.
The 6ft tall Pedraza is highly regarded in Spain, and it appears that Rafa is keen to sign the Spanish winger for Newcastle to add to the Spanish contingent on Tyneside.
His style of play has been compared to Wales and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale because of his speed running with the ball, his strength and the ability to take on defenders.
He usually plays on the left-hand side but can also play on the right wing.
Pedraza had a decent spell at Leeds United last season playing in 14 games with one goal, and he is currently on loan at La Liga club Deportivo Alaves for the season, where he is getting more first-team experience.
Alfonso Pedraza – 21-year-old Villareal winger
Alaves have a buy-out clause in his loan contract.
Southampton’s Argentine boss Mauricio Pellegrino, who was an assistant to Rafa at Liverpool and Inter-Milan, is also interested in the 21-year-old.
Villareal would like the youngster to break through into their first team, but if the Yellow Submarine can get a decent transfer fee for him, it looks like they would be willing to sell him.
With Alfonso being on loan at Alaves for the season that deal would have to be done in the summer.
If Alfonso is anything like Mikel Merino, he would be another excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
And with Rafa Benitez at the club – he will be a huge draw for young Spanish players like Pedraza.
What do you think?