Newcastle make move for Marvin Zeegelaar – Dubious reports
Newcastle United are claimed to have made a move for Marvin Zeegelaar.
Portuguese media reports say that Newcastle have registered an interest with Sporting Lisbon for the left-back.
Marvin Zeegelaar turns 27 in August and is valued at no more than £4m, with the player put forward as a value for money addition to strengthen Newcastle in the left-back position.
However, looking at his overall profile, it is hard to see credible reasons as to why Newcastle would be interested in the player.
Starting out at Ajax, Zeegelaar made only a few appearances before being released and joining Espanyol in 2011.
Never making the first team in Spain, the Dutch defender moved on a free to Turkish minnows Elazigspor a year later, lasting two years before moving once again for no transfer fee to Rio Ave in Portugal in 2014.
Whilst at the Turkish club, Marvin Zeegelaar did actually play in England on loan at Blackpool. However, despite the seasiders only being in the Championship, he only made two league starts in the half season he was there in 2013/14.
In Portugal, the left-back got semi-regular football, making 28 league starts in 18 months, before a low cost £250,000 move to Sporting Lisbon in January 2016.
That pattern has continued at his current club, making another 27 league starting elevens in the past 18 months, not great when you consider how weak the Portuguese league is.
Marvin Zeegelaar turns 27 on the day the Premier League kicks off (12 August) but doesn’t seem to have any attributes that Newcastle will need when making the step up.
At international level, despite the massive struggles the Dutch national team have experienced, the defender has only ever made one squad and was an unused substitute in the two matches last year.
Rafa Benitez took a chance on Achraf Lazaar who has proved nowhere near good enough even for the Championship, not making one single league start, so difficult to see where somebody like the Sporting full-back could fit into the Newcastle Manager’s thoughts.
Paul Dummett has done a steady job and deserves a place in the Newcastle squad next season, though many NUFC fans would welcome a top quality left-back to come in ahead of him, for that to happen though I think you would need far better quality than Zeegelaar.
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