Andreas Samaris is closer and closer to joining The Magpies on a loan deal from Benfica, according to Sky Sports News. In this article, we will try and give you an inkling as to what he will bring to the North-East…
The 6ft 2in defensive midfielder spent the first half of his career in his native Greece, beginning at lowly Panionios before getting his move the Hellas Liga giants Olympiacos. There he got a taste of European football in the UEFA Champions League.
Style of Play
Benfica has turned out be a weird move for Andreas Samaris. He’s going through what is usually thought of as the ‘prime’ of his career, yet he has barely featured. The 2015/16 season was one of his best, featuring over 40 times in all competitions. He played a crucial part of a title-winning Benfica side, however, once Rui Vitória came in and changed the style of play, Samaris’ minutes just simply disappeared…
Playing predominantly as an eight in the heart of midfield, Samaris is not shy of a challenge, something Newcastle have experience with. This ‘commitment’ can either end up in hearty performances against champions Manchester City, or with The Magpies limited to ten men once again.
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Samaris has Champions League experience. This could be a huge factor in controlling games. In the 2016/17 season, the Greek averaged 43 passes per game at a 90% pass rate. This could be exactly what United need to take them a step up; from a side that nick games, to a side that dominate games.
With Newcastle’s injury woes and Sean Longstaff launched in the deep end, a loan deal for Andreas Samaris seems like a good one. Experienced and with a reassuring quality, let’s just hope he can keep his head…