The Norwich Evening News (yes, them) have reported that the Canaries and Newcastle United are locked in a fight to sign Norwegian midfielder Per Skjelbred from German side Hamburg. It would appear that Norwich are currently in the lead for his signature although Newcastle began talks earlier.
The 25 year has only played in seven Bundesliga matches this season, being substituted over 70% of the time:
A strong player, Skjelbred does win a majority of his tackles and headers for Hamburg and actually beats his man 73% of the time:
The Norwegian could provide a bit more solidity to a midfield however Squawka stats show us there is an alarming lack of creativity to his play.
In Skjelbred‘s seven appearances he is yet to even attempt a shot on goal and his play has led to just three chances being created for his team mates.
Looking at his passing it would seem he is good at keeping the game moving and ticking over however Norwich and Newcastle fans might want to observe the direction and location of these passes:
Although 82% pass completion is a acceptable figure from an international player, you may wish to see slightly more incisiveness from the midfielder. We would also point out that on the right hand side of midfield Norwich have the very underrated Robert Snodgrass while Newcastle have Ben Arfa to return from injury – we would rate both players higher than Skjelbred.