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Newcastle United sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid

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Newcastle United have completed the signing of right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £12million, plus add-ons.

The 31-year-old has signed a contract at St James’ Park until June 2024 and is the first signing under the new Saudi regime.

Atletico wanted the player to stay, but the full-back made it clear he wanted to return to England. Trippier played under Howe in his time at Turf Moor and has the Premier League experience required to help steer Newcastle to safety.

After an impressive loan spell at Burnley, Howe made the move permanent and signed Trippier from Manchester City. He featured 145 times for Burnley between 2012-2015 before making the move to Spurs where he played on 69 occasions.

The ex-Spurs man was an integral part in England reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and scored that memorable free-kick to give England the lead against Croatia. 

Trippier played a key role in last years title-winning season at Atleti and improved his defensive game under Simeone. The Atletico manager even changed his formation to best-fit the Englishman’s game. 

The Magpies are expected to bring in another three or four reinforcements during the January transfer window and need to improve defensively in the second half of the season. Howe’s side currently sit 19th in the Premier League, with the joint-worst defensive record having shipped 42 goals in the opening 19 games.

This signing could be the catalyst for a number of players to be interested in a move to Tyneside and is expected to be the first of many under the new Saudi Arabian ownership.

WHAT WILL TRIPPIER BRING TO NEWCASTLE?

Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol told the Transfer Show:

“It’s fantastic news for Newcastle fans.

“I think other players that have been contacted by Newcastle will now be looking at Kieran Trippier and thinking, ‘Well, he’s an England international, he is going to make that squad much stronger, he’s improved their chances of staying up. Maybe I should be looking at that as well. If he’s up for it, maybe I should be up for it as well’.”

He added:

“It will be difficult for Newcastle to sign other players, but I think they definitely will, especially from what Keith Downie and Pete Graves are telling us. They’re in the market for other players, I think they will be trying to do loan deals as well, but it’s a fantastic start to the window for Newcastle.

“It’s also really significant that they’ve done this early in the window, because we know they’ve got some big, big games coming up and Kieran Trippier is 100 per cent fit, and it looks like he is 100 per cent committed and up for the challenge.”

The Magpies set an unwelcome record in 2021, conceding 80 goals in a calendar year, the most ever by a Premier League side and therefore must improve in defensive areas if they are to survive relegation this season.

The leakiness of the defence and lack of know-how at the back has led to Newcastle dropping the most points from losing positions in the Premier League. Although Howe has been unable to steady the ship at the back since his arrival, he will be confident that Trippier can add some much-needed experience and reliability to the defence.

Trippier has become one of the leading right-backs in the European game – he helped Spurs to a Champions League final before moving to Madrid, where he won the La Liga last year at Atletico.

His reliability and creativity at set-pieces will be a huge bonus for the Magpies and is the reason that he became a favourite for England manager Gareth Southgate, whom Trippier thrived under at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The signing of the 31-year-old is set to be the first of a number during the January transfer window and Newcastle will need to strengthen in other areas if they are to retain their Premier League status come the end of the season.

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Newcastle Falcons will close on Monday to mark respect for Queen Elizabeth II

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Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club have announced that they will be closed for business on Monday September 19 as a mark of respect for the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

The rugby union club will close their club shop, ticket office, bars and general office operations, based in Kingston Park in Newcastle, on the national day of mourning. They will re-open from 12pm on Tuesday.

 

It is at the discretion of businesses and organisations whether they close on this bank holiday, but it is hoped that it will allow people to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign. In an Instagram post, the club stated that they wish to offer their staff the opportunity to pay their respects to the monarch.

 

The Queen’s will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.

 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle vs Bournemouth

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MATCH PREVIEW: NEWCASTLE VS BOURNEMOUTH

Newcastle United return to Premier League action on Saturday to host managerless Bournemouth.

The Magpies go into Saturday’s game against Bournemouth sitting in 11th place in the Premier League table, after a solid start to the season.

Newcastle are currently 2/5 (fav) to beat The Cherries and continue their unbeaten home record so far this campaign.

Eddie Howe will be hoping for his side to start turning draws into wins, with his side’s only win coming on the opening day of the season against Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth are currently managerless, having sacked Scott Parker after their 9-0 loss to Liverpool at the end of August.

Interim boss Gary O’Neil has steadied the ship having acquired 4 points from a possible 6 since he took charge.

Prior to kick-off, fans from both sides will be asked to join a minute’s silence to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Following the minute’s silence, the National Anthem, God Save The King will be played around the ground. On 70 minutes, fans will be invited to join a minute’s applause to pay homage to Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.

Team News

Toon fans will welcome the news that Bruno Guimarães is close to a return to action following a hamstring injury. Eddie Howe is reportedly weighing up whether Saturday is the correct time to bring the midfielder back into contention.

Elsewhere, Daily Mail North-East correspondent, Craig Hope has revealed that winger Allan Saint-Maximin is likely to remain sidelined for this weekend’s fixture.

Long-term absentees Jonjo Shelvey, Karl Darlow, Emil Kraft and Callum Wilson are still recovering from respective injuries.

The Cherries’ welcomed winger Junior Stanislas back to training last week and he will be pushing for a place in the squad.

Meanwhile, midfielders Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell will be unavailable until after the upcoming international break.

Newcastle’s Last 5 (Premier League) 

Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace (D)

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle (L)

Wolves 1-1 Newcastle (D)

Newcastle 3-3 Manchester City (D)

Brighton 0-0 Newcastle (D)

Bournemouth’s Last 5 (Premier League) 

Nottingham Forest 2-3 Bournemouth (W)

Bournemouth 0-0 Wolves (D)

Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth (L)

Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal (L)

Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth (L)

Predicted Line-ups

Newcastle: Pope; Trippier; Schär; Botman; Targett; Willock; Guimarães; Joelinton; Almirón; Fraser; Isak

Bournemouth: Neto; Smith; Mepham; Kelly; Zemura; Cook; Lerma; Christie; Billing; Tavernier; Solanke

Referee

Craig Pawson from South Yorkshire will take charge at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Pawson averages 4.75 yellow cards per game this season and is yet to give out a red card.

The Sheffield-born referee last took charge of a Magpies game on the last day of last season, which saw The Toon win 2-1 away at Burnley.

Prediction

Newcastle have failed to win since the opening day of the season and will want to make amends on Saturday with the visit of a promoted side.

However, The Magpies have been unfortunate to only win one game so far this season with the performances Eddie Howe’s side have been putting in.

The Cherries’ Interim boss, Gary O’Neil will be wanting his side to cause an upset to put him in the best possible position of getting the job on a permanent basis.

That said, I think Newcastle will claim their second win of the season with a 3-0 (Isak x2, Willock) win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

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Royal chaos: NUFC possibly out of action until October and injury latest

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Newcastle United’s away fixture against West Ham United has been postponed as part of the period of national mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The game had been scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 11th September, but will now be rearranged.

This comes along with all football across England’s top four tiers and non-league this weekend being suspended in the wake of the Queen’s passing. 

Whether Premier League fixtures next weekend will go ahead is as yet undecided. An announcement is expected during the week. Newcastle are set to face Bournemouth at St James’ Park on Saturday 17th, if the fixture is allowed to be played. 

For Newcastle United, the delay might prove beneficial. Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin were all doubts for Sunday’s trip to London, with short term injuries. The star trio may, however, be fit in time to face Bournemouth on the 17th.

If the Bournemouth match is also suspended, the next Newcastle game would be away against Fulham on 1st October. While Jonjo Shelvey and Emil Krafth will still be unavailable with long-term injuries, the international break will provide sufficient time for the three key injured Magpies players to recover.

The Newcastle United Women’s cup fixture against Lincoln on Sunday has also been called off, as was the under-21’s game against Aston Villa on Friday.

The club made a statement, saying: “We join the world in sending our deepest condolences to the Royal Family. All flags at St. James’ Park will fly at half mast as we join the country in observing a period of national mourning.”

With possibly two weeks of football to be rescheduled, an international break and the Qatar World Cup beginning in November, Premier League clubs will face a chaotic schedule for the rest of the season. the Magpies’ lack of involvement in midweek European football could give them an advantage in the busy Premier League fixture list to come.

Controversially, this weekend’s Premiership Rugby and England’s test match against South Africa have gone ahead, whereas football across the country has been cancelled.

This led to speculation that the possibility of fans voicing their dissent during tributes may have informed the decision to suspend fixtures to avoid embarrassment.

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