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OPINION: Newcastle could make late adjustment to transfer policy due to growing injury list

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January promises to be an important month for the Mags...

The Magpies suffered a number of key injuries against the Red Devils and might have to reshape their transfer policy after both Wilson and Saint-Maximin limp off with calf issues.

Ryan Fraser also joins the growing list of players on the sideline after he suffered a hamstring problem as Newcastle were unfortunate not to win.

Following the postponement of the Everton game on Thursday night, Newcastle head into the New Year in 19th position, having won just once in the first half of the campaign. 

Howe’s side will be pleased with their efforts in the draw with Man Utd last time out but the Newcastle manager will be worried about the extent of the injuries sustained at St James’ Park on Monday evening. 

Callum Wilson’s calf injury seems to be the most serious. The striker may face “weeks to months” out after he limped off at half time with his side leading 1-0. Allan Saint-Maximin’s night also came to a premature end as the French Winger was unable to continue after he went down clutching his calf – Howe seems to think this is less serious. 

Ryan Fraser, who had his best game in a black and white shirt, is reported to have a hamstring issue and could also miss the next couple of games. 

The trio join defenders Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummet on the sidelines and add to the lengthy injury list at the club. 

CRUCIAL TRANSFER WINDOW

Following the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle in October, the Magpies are expected to bring major reinforcements to the club during the fast-approaching January transfer window in what promises to be the most important window in the clubs history.

The defensive deficiencies are there for all to see as Howe is expected to bring in a number of players at the back to help bolster Newcastle’s chances of Premier League survival.

Defensively, Howe’s side have been linked with a growing number of players and names like James Tarkowski and Kieran Trippier would be welcomed to SJP with open arms. The Magpies have the second-worst defensive record in the division having shipped 42 goals in their opening 19 games.

However, with the recent injuries sustained by attacking players, the Newcastle manager may have to rethink his transfer policy slightly in the coming weeks.

The loss of Wilson for what could be months, could hugely damage the clubs chances of retaining its Premier League status come the end of the season. Without a quality replacement for the top-scorer, it seems that Newcastle may need to utilise their substantial budget and call on some Premier League experience in the striker department. 

Dwight Gayle is a decent option to have off the bench but is yet to feature much under Howe and lacks the ability needed to keep the side up and score important goals. 

Newcastle have been linked with a myriad of attacking names such as: Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Van de Beek and Odion Ighalo but none of them have the same striker’s instincts as Wilson. No doubt they would improve the squad in forward areas but the club needs a figurehead to put the ball in the net. 

IMPORTANCE OF WILSON AND SAINT-MAXIMIN

Callum Wilson has that knack of scoring important goals e.g against Southampton, Spurs, Palace, Norwich and Burnley all this season and will be a huge miss. No doubt Howe will be looking for replacements already and could bring someone in during the early stages of the window. His side need to find the back of the net more often, especially in the upcoming games against fellow strugglers: Southampton, Watford and Leeds.

Allan Saint-Maximin has brightened up the season at times with his mesmerising dribbling and entertaining personality. The 24-year-old is a fan favourite on Tyneside and will be missed if he spends a long period out of action – it would be tough to find anyone with the same ability on the ball.

The end product is sometimes missing when the French winger has possession, however it was clear for all to see on Monday evening when he smashed his side in-front. If Howe brings in attacking reinforcements, he will be hoping to add to the productivity of the side going forward and search for players to match his front-foot, attacking and exciting style of play.

Wilson and Saint-Maximin have scored a combined 10 goals and had 4 assists for the Magpies so far this season and make up more than half of the goals managed by the side in their opening 19 games. The pair give the side substantial threat in attacking areas and are one of the best combinations in the league – their form will be hard to replicate.

Saint-Maximin was back to his best for the visit of Manchester United and scored a sublime opening goal – a glimpse of his full potential.

Saint-Maximin took the lead for NUFC inside seven minutes…

THE NEXT FIVE GAMES

Newcastle aren’t in action again until the 2nd of January and could have some new names at the club by then.The next fixture is away to Southampton at St Mary’s and Howe’s side will be expecting to pick up three points to add to their season tally of 11.

Teams around Newcastle have up to four games in hand but by the time the Toon are playing again the table might have sorted itself out. 

In the next five Premier League games, Newcastle face: Southampton (A), Watford (H), Leeds (A), Everton (H) and Aston Villa (H), knowing that they will need to pick up a substantial points total to help them climb out of the relegation zone.

The performance against the Red Devils shows that Howe’s side are capable of giving anyone a game at SJP and the form of Joelinton might just give the side the spark in the midfield to get some much-needed points on the board in the coming weeks.

Consecutive games against fellow strugglers Southampton, Watford and Leeds represent the best opportunities for the Magpies to pick up three points but with the potential loss of Wilson and, less likely the loss of Saint-Maximin, these games may become even more challenging.

Watford sit in 17th position at the time of writing and have 13 points (2 more than NUFC) with 2 games in hand. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have 5 more points than Newcastle and have a game in hand. The next couple of weeks may shape how the closing stages of the season look and could be one of the most important periods in the clubs history.

HWTL.

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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