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Newcastle United ‘desperate’ to sign a striker in January as they battle for Premier League survival

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Newcastle United are expected to sign a striker during the January transfer window following the news that number 9 Callum Wilson is set to miss the next two months with a calf injury.

Eddie Howe’s side are currently 19th in the league and have the joint-worst defensive record having shipped 42 goals during the first half of the season.

The need for reinforcements at the back is there for all to see but following their embarrassing 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup third round to Cambridge, its cleat the Magpies need to find a striker who can replicate the goalscoring form of Wilson and are pushing to get a deal done before their next match on Saturday.

Newcastle face a relegation battle with fellow strugglers Watford at St James’ Park next weekend and must-win if they are to keep their survival hopes alive. This makes the need for a striker even more desperate as the Magpies face Leeds (A) and Everton (H) in their other Premier League fixtures – two very winnable games.

Callum Wilson has accounted for almost a third of Newcastle’s goals this season and with midfielder Joe Willock unable to replicate his form that kept the Magpies in the league last season, the need to replace the current Number 9 who is set to miss two months, is crucial.

The signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid last week for a fee of £12m is exactly the sort of business the club and fans need while they move into their new era and could be a sign of the times. He is thought to be the first of four or five January recruits as Howe looks to bolster Newcastle’s chances of retaining their Premier League status come the end of the season.

Newcastle played without a named striker on Saturday as they fell to defeat against League One side Cambridge United in the FA Cup and struggled massively without a figurehead leading the line. After the game, Howe confirmed the injury to Wilson is worse than first thought and the veteran striker is set to miss the next two months with a calf problem.

WHO ARE THE CURRENT OPTIONS?

Sky Sports have reported a number of names on Howe’s radar but Newcastle fans are rightly skeptical of the majority of rumoured options.

Following the Saudi-led takeover of the club back in October, Newcastle are expected to bring in major reinforcements during the January transfer window and with the financial backing of the new owners, the Magpies have the money available to spend big.

Therefore the club need to sign a striker and fast, but who are the options?

Divock Origi

The Belgian striker is a benchwarmer at Liverpool but has scored some important goals in his time at the Reds and could be exactly what Newcastle need for the remainder of the season.

His major influence has come in the Champions League where he scored in the memorable victory over Barcelona before netting in the final win over Spurs. Origi also scored a later winner over Wolves earlier this season.

Perhaps Origi is not the striker wanted or needed to take the club forward in its new era, but he certainly has the talent and experience to score some important goals in Newcastle’s quest for Premier League survival. The 26-year-old is many fans favourite to join the Magpies but Liverpool may be looking to sell the striker on a permanent deal and this might not be Eddie Howe’s preference.

Liverpool forward Origi has six months left on his deal and is generating a lot of interest in Italy, but prefers a move to the Premier League.

Chris Wood

While no formal approach has been made for the Burnley striker, Newcastle are reportedly interested in calling upon the New Zealand international’s Premier League experience to help bolster their chances of survival.

Signing the 30-year-old would severely weaken a relegation rival in Burnley but represents an extremely underwhelming deal for Newcastle fans who are rightly expecting someone a bit more exciting, however the current situation of means that beggars can’t be choosers and Wood might score some important goals in Wilson’s absence.

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Wood has been at Burnley since 2017 and has scored 49 goals in 144 appearances in his time at the Lancashire club where he has become a fan-favourite due to his heart and desire to win. He certainly has the fight needed and the experience of being in a relegation battle but does he have the quality to lead to line for Newcastle?

Dominik Solanke

The English striker was brought to Bournemouth by Eddie Howe back in 2019 and has been in fine form this season with his 19 goals putting him second in Championship goalscoring charts.

Solanke struggled at the Premier League level in his time at Liverpool and is yet to prove himself in the English top division but his record in the Championship has only been matched by former Magpie Aleksander Mitrovic.

Howe is a big fan of the 24-year-old but he would be a risky signing for Newcastle who need a reliable source of goals to keep them in the Premier League – something Solanke is yet to prove in his career to-date.

Ben Brereton Diaz

Diaz, who has enjoyed a stunning season to date with Blackburn Rovers after netting 20 goals in just 25 Championship appearances, is another option that could make the move to Tyneside.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is determined to keep hold of the Chile international and has labelled him ‘not for transfer’ as the striker is expected to cost clubs over £30million to acquire his services.

The 22-year-old is another striker with a lack of Premier League experience but is yet to get an opportunity in the English top flight and Newcastle may have to take a leap of faith in their relegation battle.

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He is in fantastic form in-front of goal and signing top stars won’t be easy in Newcastle’s precarious situation, but they can hope to lure youngsters like Brereton Diaz to Tyneside in the fight for survival. It could be a risk but Newcastle may need to take one as Wilson is set to miss the majority of the second half of the season.

Eddie Nketiah

The Arsenal young-gun scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland before Christmas and is out of contract the end of the season, with negotiations coming to a halt as the 22-year-old rejected the most recent renewal offer.

The 22-year-old is keen to leave the north London club to gain greater first-team experience. However, is lack of experience is perhaps the reason why Newcastle may steer clear of the attacker as the threat of relegation looms over Tyneside

The English striker failed to make the most of his opportunity yesterday evening in the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in which he was given a start. As it stands, Nketiah is yet to start a Premier League games this season and has only come off the bench on three occasions.

Patrik Schick

Now valued at £50million, a deal for the Czech striker seems extremely unlikely as Newcastle seek someone with a reliable goalscoring record to help keep the club in the Premier League.

The 6ft3in Leverkusen attacker has today been valued highly by the German club – a very risky fee to pay for someone unproven in the English top flight.

The Czech Republic international did steer his nation to a memorable Euro 2021 campaign, beating Scotland 2-0 courtesy of his magnificent effort from the half-way line which lobbed David Marshall and becoming the tournaments second highest goalscorer.

But with injuries up-front and teams aware of the newly acquired riches, taking a chance on someone like Schick is what Newcastle might be required to do if they are to avoid relegation to the Championship. He has 17 goals from 15 appearances this season and in his last season at Leverkusen, he accumulated 9 goals.

Hugo Ekitike

The 19-year-old has scored eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season and is wanted by Newcastle, says Sky Sports. He only made his senior debut for Reims in August and is a France U20 international.

Seven of those goals, meanwhile, have come in his last 10 appearances, while he has also provided three assists for team-mates.

He has undoubtedly been one of the breakout stars in France’s top flight so far this season, with his emergence coming just a matter of months since he took the brave move to head on loan to Denmark in search of first-team football.

Newcastle’s owners are ready to invest in player recruitment as they are determined to maintain the club’s top flight status and they could even bring in two new strikers this month.Nineteen-year-old Ekitike may not yet be a household name outside of his native France, but the form he has shown in the opening months of the campaign suggests that he soon will be.

Thoughts? Who would you like to see brought to Tyneside? Can Newcastle find a striker to help keep them in the Premier League?

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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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