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Newcastle United look to bolster survival chances by bringing in a number of new recruits in January...

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe says his sides current position in Premier League is a ‘concern’ heading into the January transfer window.

The Magpies sit 19th, having won just one game all season and shipping 41 goals in their 18 games which represents the worst defence record so far this term.

Since the Saudi-led takeover of the club back in October, Newcastle have been widely tipped to bring major reinforcements to the club in the upcoming transfer window and are reported to have around £190m available to them in January – a league high.

However, given the current predicament and the very real threat of relegation to the Championship, potential new recruits may be reluctant to join the club on a permanent basis – an issue that Howe himself has commented on.

Howe stated:

“I think there are a few challenges we face. The availability of players: will they come with our current league position, which is a concern?

“January is notoriously very difficult. I found that as a manager all through my time so they’re the challenges we’re going to work under, but we’re going to do our best to find a solution.”

As a result, the Magpies are likely to look towards the loan-market or may offer transfer targets short term deals with the opportunity to sign for longer if the team avoids relegation. Given the financial boost from the PIF and new owners, the team from Tyneside have been linked with a ridiculous number of targets – some more realistic than others.

Of course there is the rise in covid cases to add to the mix and the likelihood of more Premier League clashes being cancelled. This means that clubs are desperate to hold onto their best players, as well as squad players, to ensure they are able to field a team if an outbreak was to occur. As a result, prices may become inflated and agreeing fees could more challenging than ever.

Will money talk?

January is renowned for being difficult to tie up deals with potential targets and the pandemic has made the process even more challenging.

Howe, his backroom staff and the owners are in for a tough transfer period but for once the club has the finances to make substantial moves0.

HOWE IMPORTANT IS JANUARY?

The transfer window may prove to be the most important in the clubs history as Howe tries to bolster Newcastle’s chances of survival and retain their Premier League status come May.

By the time 1st January hits, there will be 57 points still to play for in the remaining 19 games. Subsequently, the upcoming negotiations in the transfer window will play a huge role in Newcastle’s attempt to  beat the drop.

Although things on the pitch have improved in parts since the introduction of new boss Eddie Howe, it’s blindingly obvious that Newcastle’s defensive deficiencies are the main area of concerns.

The Magpies have kept just one clean sheet all season – a woeful record.

Howe may have started to get the best out of players such as Joelinton and Jonjo Shelvey, but the team need to show much more if they are to turn their fortunes around on the field.

Following the battle with Manchester United at St James’ Park on Monday 27th December – 8pm kick-off – Newcastle face a run of games in which they will be hoping to add a substantial number of points to their current tally of 10 points.

The next five Premier League games, after the visit of the Red Devils, are against: Everton, Southampton, Watford, Leeds and the return fixture with Everton. That run represents five winnable games and the Magpies may have strengthened their squad by then to give them an even better chance of picking up some valuable points.

Some much needed quality is needed and fast…

OWNERS WORKING TIRESOMELY IN THE BACKGROUND

With this in mind, it’s crucial that the club and its owners are working hard in the background to build a realistic list of transfers and start negotiating with potential new signings.

The early signs are good.

Ahead of the January window, the club’s part-owners, Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben, have been hands-on in an attempt to deliver Howe’s preferred targets and improve the squad.

Steve Nickson has overseen the scouting operations as Newcastle’s head of recruitment and has remained an integral part of the transfer process.

The club brought in Nick Hammond on an interim basis to help oversee the transfer process on a management level while the Newcastle’s owners have called on the expertise of Nolan Partners to also help with recruitment of players.

Earlier in the week, Newcastle were given permission to speak to Brighton’s Dan Ashworth becoming the Director of Football after the news owners have been searching for weeks to find the right fit for the role.

When asked about the role of Hammond and the transfer processes taking place at the club, Eddie Howe has said:

“A good window for us looks like a stronger squad than when we started the transfer window but, for me, that doesn’t give any guarantees of what we can and can’t do. We’re endeavouring to make sure we’re prepared as we can be. We’re doing the work behind the scenes, which we need to do.

“I still think that the squad we have is the biggest strength that we currently have in our fight against relegation that will go all through the season.”

Howe added:

“But if we can find a couple of solutions and make the team stronger, the squad stronger, then we’ll certainly look to do that.”

Thoughts? Who would you like to see added to the squad in January? Can Howe recruit well enough to keep the Magpies in the league?

Join in the conversation and have your say…

 

 

 

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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