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Newcastle Complete Third Summer Signing



Newcastle sign Botman
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Dutch centre-back Sven Botman has become Newcastle’s third summer signing, arriving from French side Lille for a fee in the region of £35,000,000.

The 22-year-old was one of Eddie Howe’s main targets this summer as he looks to bolster his defensive options. The Dutchman has penned a contract keeping him at Newcastle until 2027.

The Magpies’ moved for Botman in the January window but a deal failed to materialise after The Toon had two bids turned down by Lille. 

The defender played 32 games in all competitions last season with Lille, including 5 appearances in the Champions League.

Botman has yet to make an appearance for Hollands senior side but has progressed from the U15s to now being with the U21s side.

The Toon have beaten Italian giants AC Milan to Botman’s signature as they failed to match Newcastle’s £35,000,000 offer.

Botman joined Lille from Ajax in 2020 for €9,200,000 and has gone on to play 79 times for the French side.

The Dutch centre-back is the third player to arrive at St James’ Park following left-back Matt Target and goalkeeper Nick Pope after joining from Aston Villa and Burnley respectively.

What will he bring?

The left-sided centre-back is very comfortable in possession, with a pass completion rate of 88% in Ligue 1 last season. Botman also holds a great aerial presence with him being 6ft 5in, making him a great threat from set-pieces and solid in areal duals.

The Dutchman has also been compared by scouts to fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk and believe he can be developed into one of Europe’s best centre-backs.

Botman played a huge role in Lille’s shock title win in Ligue 1 in the 20/21 season as he played 37 times out of a possible 38 and they conceded 23 goals fewer than the season prior. 

His performances attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham.

How will he fit in?

You would imagine with the size of the fee that Botman will be one of the first names on the team sheet come the start of the season.

Botman is predominantly a left-footer but is comfortable on his right side meaning he could occupy the right-sided centre-back spot should the left side be taken by Dan Burn.

Eddie Howe has mainly played a back four during his time at St James’ Park meaning Botman’s arrival may disrupt the centre-back pairing of Burn and Schar that played a pivotal part in Toon’s revival post-January.

Burn has been a mainstay in The Magpies’ defence with him playing 16 times since his arrival from Brighton in January so you would expect Botman to take the right centre-back spot.

However, Fabian Schar should not be overlooked as he signed a new two-year contract in April which shows that Eddie Howe expects the Swiss international to be involved next season. Schar also played in 23 of the 27 games that Howe was in charge of last season displaying his trust in the defender.

With Howe adding Botman to the ranks, skipper Lascelles could leave Newcastle this summer with his old side and Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest keen to have him back at the City Ground.

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Harvey Barnes Injury worse than thought – Confirmed




Confirmation has come in this morning that Newcastle United Winger Harvey Barnes has been ruled out until 2024.


The winger doesn’t need surgery however the  foot injury will keep him out for 3 months. Eddie  Howe has spoken about the injury: “It’s come at a shocking time for him — he was just finding his rhythm & getting to know what is expected of him.”

 Eddie Howe on Injuries:

“We think he’s going to be out for around three months. No surgery required which is good news but his foot is now in a boot. It’s an injury underneath his toe.

He’s now started his recovery and he’s got to rest to let it recover then we can build him back up again.”

On Callum Wilson and Sven Botman:

“We’re going to see today. Callum has very minor hamstring tightness.

We’ll give him every chance of being available. Same with Sven – we’ll make a late check on him.”

On Emil Krafth:

“Emil will play for the U21s tonight. It’s really, really good to see him come back and hopefully do well today.”

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4 left out as Newcastle submit official Champions League squad



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Newcastle United have submitted their official squad to UEFA for the 2023/24 Champions League group stage.


‘List A’ includes 23 senior players, while ‘List B’ will include two homegrown youngsters in Elliot Anderson and Lewis Miley; who’ll both be eligible to feature.

Four senior players have been left out which may not be a suprise to many NUFC fans, with Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and Mark Gillespie all missing out of Eddie Howe’s squad.

Here’s the full ‘List A’ squad that’s been sent over to UEFA ahead of our group stages games against PSG, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan:

  1. Miguel Almirón
  2. Harvey Barnes
  3. Sven Botman
  4. Dan Burn
  5. Martin Dúbravka (GK)
  6. Paul Dummett
  7. Anthony Gordon
  8. Bruno Guimarães
  9. Lewis Hall
  10. Alexander Isak
  11. Joelinton
  12. Loris Karius (GK)
  13. Jamaal Lascelles
  14. Tino Livramento
  15. Sean Longstaff
  16. Jacob Murphy
  17. Nick Pope (GK)
  18. Fabian Schär
  19. Matt Targett
  20. Sandro Tonali
  21. Kieran Trippier
  22. Joe Willock
  23. Callum Wilson

Newcastle champions league fixtures were recently confirmed, see below..

  • Matchday 1: AC Milan v Newcastle United – 19th September, 5.45m
  • Matchday 2: Newcastle United v Paris Saint-Germain – 4th October, 8pm
  • Matchday 3: Newcastle United v Borussia Dortmund – 25th October, 8pm
  • Matchday 4: Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle United – 7th November, 5.45pm
  • Matchday 5: Paris Saint-Germain v Newcastle United – 28th November, 8pm
  • Matchday 6: Newcastle United v AC Milan – 13th December, 8pm


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Watch Yankuba Minteh score first goal for Feyenoord in 5-1 win on Sunday



Newcastle United loanee Yankuba Minteh has scored his first competitive goal for Feyenoord, scoring in Sunday’s 5-1 win over FC Utrecht.

After starting in their 6-1 win over Almere City last weekend, the Gambian teenager came off the bench and scored in stoppage time, rounding the goalkeeper and finishing calmly to seal another convincing victory for the Dutch champions.

This rounds off a positive few weeks for the 19-year-old winger, who was our first summer signing after sealing a £6m move from Danish side Odense.

Last month he helped spark a comeback draw away to local rivals Sparta Rotterdam, before starting his first Eredivisie game against Almere. Now, he’s come off the bench and bagged his first goal for the club.

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