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‘£50 Million signing required for Toon top six finish!’

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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.

 

Toney Assessment 

 

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. 

 

Let us know your thoughts, would the addition of Ivan Toney be beneficial for Eddie Howe?

 

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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.

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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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Transfer News: Newcastle Sign Everton Winger Anthony Gordon In 45m Deal

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Newcastle United have agreed to sign Everton winger Anthony Gordon for an initial fee of £40,000,000, which could rise to £45,000,000 with add-ons

Sky Sports understands that personal terms between Newcastle United and Gordan’s representatives are still ongoing, but both parties are confident of reaching an agreement.

The Magpies’ were interested in bringing Gordon to St James’ Park in the summer. However, both clubs were far apart on valuations for the player.

The 21-year-old has failed to attend training at Finch Farm for the last three days after making it clear he wants to move away from Goodison Park.

Chelsea were interested in bringing Gordon to Stamford Bridge in the summer and were willing to pay up to £60,000,000 for the wide-man’s services. However, Everton were reluctant to let their talisman leave before the start of the 2022/2023 Premier League season.

Gordon has scored just 3 goals in 16 Premier League appearances (12 starts) this season for the struggling Toffees, who currently sit second bottom of the table.

That said, the former Preston North End loanee had his best campaign last season, playing a major part in Everton’s Premier League survival.

The Everton academy graduate had 6 goal involvements in 35 Premier League games (25 starts) last season, which was the first season he had a consistent run of games.

It’s clear that Gordon has a significant amount of potential, and with Eddie Howe at the helm, Newcastle could be getting a very exciting player.

We have seen an unbelievable transformation in many players’ performances since Eddie Howe took charge in November 2021, with the most obvious transformation being Joelinton’s positional change.

The Liverpool-born winger can play in several forward positions, which is the type of player Eddie Howe has been keen to add during the January window, especially after Chris Wood’s loan departure to Nottingham Forest.

Joelinton is currently being deployed as a left-winger, with Allan Saint-Maximin in the process of regaining match fitness.

The addition of Gordon could see Joelinton be moved back to his preferred position as a box-to-box midfielder. This would see one of Sean Longstaff or Joe Willock drop out of the eleven, with Bruno Guimarães making that number 6 role untouchable.

Four days remain of the January transfer window, and it is yet to be seen if Anthony Gordon is the only player The Toon are adding to their ranks.

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Gary Lineker shocked as ‘adult noices played on BBC Live on air!

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Viewers on Tuesday night prior to the FA cup football games were left shocked and confused as noises of an adult nature were played in the BBC studio – Live on air!

 

Gary Lineker reacted fast to try to address and cover up the noise before going live to Alan Shearer.

 

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