How Sandro Tonali will fit in at Newcastle United? | Analysis

Sandro Tonali is a new Newcastle player and the question is what position he will play in. There are many people who think Tonali can play as a defensive midfielder, although he is really an eight, so it is very likely that we will see Bruno Guimarães as a 6 throughout the season. Eddie Howe’s 4-3-3 will make the Brazilian feel strong, despite being a small 6, playing alongside Joelinton and Tonali will be a great advantage, keeping Newcastle’s midfield dynamic.

Guimarães and Tonali are mobile players, with the ability to carry the ball from deep and win a lot of duels. The former Milan player is also a great set-piece taker and his adaptation will be better or worse depending on how much Eddie Howe’s style of play will change.

During the last season Newcastle played a lot of long balls, especially from Nick Pope at goal kicks. The plan was to win the duel and with a very physical midfield play quick attacks with many crosses.

I think that to favour Tonali’s style, Newcastle will play more out from the back and for that it would be interesting for Newcastle to sign a centre back to improve the build-up.

In any case, for 70 million euros and in a transfer window in which both Man City and Arsenal have lost important midfielders such as Gundogan and Xhaka, I think is a big success for Newcastle to sign a player like Sandro Tonali, who will become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

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