When talking about the Magpies on his podcast ‘The Hard Truth’, Peterborough United Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, said “If they [Newcastle United] want to be top six they are probably going to need to spend £50 million on a Toney type signing.”
Eddie Howe’s side got off to a great start in the Premier League on Saturday beating Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest, 2-0.
Fans are very optimistic for the season ahead and the performance, dominating the newly promoted side from start to finish, has painted a picture that Howe’s side means business this season.
However, as the transfer window remains open, more additions in the attacking area could bolster Newcastle’s chances of a top-six finish.
As MacAnthony believes a player like Brentford striker, Ivan Toney, would give the Toon a great chance of finishing in a European spot, let’s look at what the 26-year-old would bring to St James Park.
Ivan Toney made his mark on English football in his second season at Peterborough United in the 2019/2020 season. The striker scored 24 goals in 32 appearances putting him on the radar of some of England’s biggest clubs.
The following season, Toney earned a move to at the time Championship side, Brentford. In his first season, he broke the record for the most goals in a Championship season scoring 31 goals in 45 appearances.
Then recently, Toney proved again he can do it on a bigger stage, scoring 12 Premier League goals last season. Four more than current Toon striker Callum Wilson.
Wilson vs Toney
Being similar types of players, it seems fair to directly compare the two to get a general idea of the quality of both.
Based on Callum Wilson’s 171 Premier League appearances and Ivan Toney’s 36. [PremierLeague.com]
Callum Wilson has scored 62 goals with a Minutes Per Goal Average (MPG) of 212 minutes. Toney’s is slightly higher, averaging at 232 MPG. When you compare this to a player like Mo Salah’s all-time MPG at 129, it is fair to say both strikers will be able to provide goals for most Premier League clubs.
But how do their shorts compare? Callum Wilson holds a respectable Premier League Shooting Accuracy percentage of 51 and a Shooting Success rate of 20.06%. Both are higher than Toney’s 46.97% Shooting Accuracy and 14.44% Shooting Success rate.
When it comes to team play, Wilson also comes out on top with a Pass Completion rate of 68.46% compared to Toney’s 59.19%.
Those stats make it fairly obvious that Callum Wilson is a good Premier League striker with Ivan Toney just behind, but with the potential to reach a similar level.
So, it would be fair to make a judgement that Callum Wilson is currently a better option for Newcastle than Ivan Toney. But would Toney add that quality depth needed for European football? Of course. As well as this, we could then see a transition from Eddie Howe on the pitch back to a familiar 4-4-2 formation. Just like in the 2019/2020 season, when Howe used Callum Wilson upfront alongside someone like Dominic Solanke or Joshua King. This could be something Howe’s current Newcastle side could accommodate to.
Would something like this work with the addition of Ivan Toney?
Some may argue, that you don’t fix what isn’t broken, however, with Callum Wilson’s recent injury record another quality Premier League-proven striker would surely be a good signing.
Saying that a big money move for Ivan Toney this summer looks to be unlikely. Toney would be coming back to the Toon as a second choice and given how Newcastle have spent money this transfer window, it doesn’t seem like Dan Ashworth would be willing to fork out £50 million on a backup striker.
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Newcastle To Reignite Interest In Leicester City Playmaker
According to The Times, Newcastle are considering making a fresh move for James Maddison in January.
It was reported that Leicester were holding out for £60,000,000 for Maddison’s services, which was deemed too high by The Magpies’ heirarcy.
However, The Times is reporting that Newcastle are still keen on signing the 25-year-old to add further creativity to their midfield three.
The Toon will be hoping to agree on a cut-price for Maddison because, come January he will have 18 months left on his current Leicester contract.
The Foxes have had a torrid start to the new Premier League season, occupying the league’s bottom spot with just one point on the board.
There is uncertainty around the future of Foxes’ manager Brendon Rodgers, as Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is set to attend Monday’s fixture against Nottingham Forest, his first for six weeks.
If Leicester fail to win on Monday night, it could mean the end of Rodgers’ time at the King Power Stadium.
Besides Leicester’s poor start to the season, James Maddison has been a shining light scoring 3 goals in 6 games from midfield.
What would Maddison add to Newcastle?
From the heatmap above, you can gather that Maddison is given a free role behind the striker, as he often takes up positions on the left, right and centrally.
Last season Maddison was 6th for big chances created with 11. Newcastle’s highest was Allan Saint-Maximin with 7.
In addition, Bruno Guimarães was The Magpies’ most creative midfielder with 3 big chances created and he only arrived in January.
This shows that Newcastle are lacking creativity from the midfield positions, hence the club’s eagerness to strike a deal for Maddison.
The Foxes’ star man doesn’t just give you creativity from midfield he also plays his part with goals too, something that again is lacking in Eddie Howe’s current midfield options.
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Fulham vs Newcastle United: Match Preview
The start of the new month marks the return of Premier League action for Newcastle United as they travel to the capital to face Marco Silva’s Fulham.
The newly promoted side couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.
Ever since they held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw, back at the beginning of August, their momentum has continued to carry.
Wins against Brentford, Brighton and Nottingham Forest, paired with an important point away to Wolves have placed The Cottagers in 6th place in the Premier League.
Not to mention, two, narrow 2-1 defeats to fellow London clubs Arsenal and Spurs, away from home, that both proved Fulham are here to play with the big boys this season and really do mean business.
Newcastle have not managed to win a Premier League game since the opening day of the season and an unconvincing performance in their previous encounter with Bournemouth suggests all three points are needed this Saturday. Especially, if the Magpies wish to gather momentum to push for a European spot this season.
However, the international break has not exactly done Eddie Howe any favours when it comes to picking his starting eleven for Saturday.
Chris Wood (rib) and Alexander Isak (thigh) will both be unavailable due to injuries picked up on international duty for New Zealand and Sweden.
Elliot Anderson is also a doubt to feature after he was forced to pull out of the Scotland U21 side due to a hamstring injury. The youngster could still make the squad, however, as reports revealed he has been training throughout the week.
Check out our full international round-up: https://northeastupdates.com/international-round-up-another-striker-injured-and-pope-starts-for-england/
Another positive for Newcastle United is the return of Jamal Lewis. Jamal started and played 153 minutes for Northern Ireland in their Nations League games against Kosovo and Greece.
Craig Hope, Daily Mail North-East football correspondent confirmed yesterday that he understands Bruno Guimaraes and Callum Wilson will both be “fine” for the Fulham game and that Allan Saint-Maximin has a “chance of bench”. He also confirmed the injured Jonjo Shelvey is making great progress and “is nearing return”.
Finally, for Newcastle, some good news re injuries. Understand Callum Wilson & Bruno will be fine for Fulham & Allan Saint-Maximin has chance of bench. Elliot Anderson (hamstring) trained today & Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) has made excellent progress & is nearing return #nufc
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) September 27, 2022
As for Fulham, the obvious dangerman is former Magpies man Aleksandar Mitrovic who has already bagged himself six Premier League goals this season. However, the Serbian’s availability for his Newcastle United reunion is in doubt, this comes after the striker was spotted with a bandaged foot leaving the Ulleval stadium in Olso. Mitrovic scored in the 54th minute to make it 2-0 against Norway and put his side top of their Nations League B group.
Mitrovic spotted with a bandaged foot after the Norway game tonight
Hopefully nothing serious pic.twitter.com/BAgjDe0aGL
— FPL Focal (@FPLFocal) September 28, 2022
New signings have made an impact for The Cottagers. Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Bernd Leno and Willian have all established themselves as first-team players since signing for the club in the summer. A few notable names with the likes of Leno and Willian having much-needed key Premier League experience.
Fulham haven’t beaten Newcastle since 2017 when they met in the Championship. Mitrovic was on the bench for the Toon that day as goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney handed Fulham a 3-1 win and all three points over Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
Since then, Newcastle haven’t managed to break the deadlock at St James’ Park when playing Fulham, drawing 0-0 in 2018 and 1-1 in 2020. However, they have been successful away from home keeping two clean sheets and scoring six goals in the last two away trips to Craven Cottage. Something Eddie Howe will look to continue on Saturday.
With Man United, Spurs, Wolves and Aston Villa all to be played in the month of October, these are the sorts of games the Magpies must take advantage of.
Kick-off is at three o’clock with England Darren as referee.
So, what do you think? How important would three points be for Newcastle on Saturday? Fulham a tough team to beat?
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Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock, Bruno, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Fraser
Fulham 1 – 2 Newcastle United
International round-up: Another striker injured and Pope starts for England
With a number of Newcastle United favourites in international action over the last week, some have impressed, but Chris Wood has added to a growing list of injury worries.
Nick Pope won his first international cap as a Newcastle United player during England’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Italy on Friday. He was picked ahead of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale with Southgate’s first choice, Jordan Pickford, out injured.
Despite the loss, solid shot-stopping and a command of his area may have helped Pope in his push for the World Cup squad. Pickford’s distribution and record for England will be hard to surpass, but Pope looks set to be England’s second choice keeper in Qatar this winter, as shown by Southgate sticking with him for Monday’s 3-3 draw with Italy.
Pope’s performance against Germany was less than infallible, with a spillage leading to Havertz’s late equaliser. With England’s next action against Iran at the World Cup on 21st November, the Magpies’ no. 1 will hope he has done enough to be in Southgate’s plans.
Newcastle’s other representative in the Three Lions’ squad, Kieran Trippier, did not feature in either of the two Nations League games, with Reece James preferred at right wing-back.
Elsewhere, Ryan Fraser featured in two wins for Scotland, over Ukraine and Ireland. Against Ukraine on Wednesday, he impressed with two assists from corners. The Newcastle winger made another substitute appearance against Ireland on Saturday. Scotland face Ukraine again on Tuesday night, with the possibility of further action for Fraser in a packed schedule.
Down under, Chris Wood captained New Zealand in a 1-0 loss to Australia on Thursday. He faced the Socceroos again on Sunday, but was taken off with a rib injury. With Isak out too, Newcastle will likely be left with only the newly fit Callum Wilson as an attacking option come the return of the Premier League.
Miguel Almiron played the full 90 minutes of Paraguay’s 1-0 win over UAE on Friday, and could start again as the South American side face Morocco on Tuesday.
Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes missed out on Brazil’s 3-0 demolition of Ghana on Friday, but could see action as his nation take on Tunisia on Tuesday.
Eddie Howe will hope his international contingent avoid any further injuries and are fit to face Fulham away on Saturday.
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