International round-up: Mixed fortunes for Newcastle’s worldwide stars
With a busy international schedule of Nations League fixtures, World Cup Qualifiers and friendlies, Newcastle players including Trippier, Almirón and Guimarães have all been in action over the last couple of weeks.
Kieran Trippier is one of the few England players with his dignity intact after a poor run of games for the Three Lions. He played the full 90-minutes in England’s draws against both Germany and Italy.
His two caps make him the first Newcastle player to feature for England since Andros Townsend in 2016. He also became the Newcastle player to earn the most England caps while at the club since Michael Owen’s last international appearance in 2008.
Regular left-backs Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell were both absent through injury and so the Newcastle right-back filled in on the left side of defence.
The Newcastle man was on the bench for England’s woeful 4-0 loss to Hungary last night. The shocking defensive performance came with Chelsea’s Reece James instead at left-back. This may play into Trippier’s hands as he vies for selection in a World Cup year.
Trippier put in a solid if unremarkable performance at left-back in the 1-1 draw against Germany last Tuesday. Four days later he was in action against the Azzuri, contributing to a clean sheet as England were held to a 1-1 draw.
As England lick their wounds from a shambolic display against Hungary, Newcastle’s Trippier can be quietly pleased with his international performances.
Elsewhere, Chris Wood was unfortunate not to make the World Cup with his native New Zealand. The Newcastle striker played the full game against Costa Rica in the All Whites’ crucial qualifying game. He was unable to find the target though as his side, down to 10 men, lost 1-0.
This meant that Costa Rica beat Wood’s New Zealand to the final spot in Qatar 2022. Despite the disappointment, the Magpies’ man will get a valuable rest over winter next season.
Paraguayan winger Miguel Almirón starred for his country, scoring two against South Korea. His brace secured a 2-2 draw in the friendly.
Bruno Guimarães featured as a late substitute for Brazil. He came on for rumoured transfer target Lucas Paqueta against South Korea and later Japan. The midfielder still had an impact, providing an assist in their 5-1 demolition of South Korea.
Newcastle’s Swedish defender Emil Krafth was on the receiving end of a 3-2 defeat to Norway on Sunday. The right-back played 90 minutes of the Scandinavian Nations League match up.
Jeff Hendrick was also in action for Ireland. He came on as a second half substitute in last night’s 1-1 Nations League draw with Ukraine. The midfielder also appeared in losses to Armenia and Ukraine, and had a cameo in a 3-0 win over Scotland.
How do you think Newcastle’s international contingent have fared? And has Trippier done enough to earn a starting spot for England?
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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary
Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.
The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.
Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.
The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.
Something I mentioned last night on @tfNUFC: Camera crews have been filming behind-the-scenes at Newcastle United for a four-part documentary to be shown on Amazon.
The series will chart the club & its owners as they attempt to win a trophy & qualify for The Champ League #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 8, 2023
Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.
🗓️ 26.02.23@ManUtd 🆚 @NUFC #EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/V23zWPDoxP
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 1, 2023
The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.
The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed, Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.
The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.
Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.
It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.
What do you think Newcastle fans?
Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?
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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.
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.
EXCL: Everton have submitted a bid to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. It’s £40m proposal plus £5m add ons. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Chelsea will make a decision soon as there are also other clubs interested in Gallagher — and player has to decide his future too. pic.twitter.com/xZeuGqaR01
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
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.
🚨| Conor Gallagher is not interested in a move to Everton 🔵 pic.twitter.com/0CYzXjBoBd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 30, 2023
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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