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Top 6 Central Midfielders NUFC Could Sign this Summer



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Central Midfielders are the heart of the squad and having good options makes a lot of difference for those pushing for top 4 finishes and European football.

We have seen the impact and difference Bruno Guimaraes has made on Eddie Howe’s men but looking at the bigger picture and analysing who they have currently in the midfield, it’s clear to see they need some reinforcements through the door this coming summer.

Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff, and Joelinton have all done great when deployed alongside Bruno but with the ambitions of the club being European football and challenging for silverware, we have compiled a list of 6 central midfielders that Newcastle United could sign in the summer window.


  1. Scott McTominay (Manchester United)

Heavily linked for some time now, the summer transfer window is the perfect opportunity for McTominay to leave Manchester behind for Newcastle. The 6”3 Scotland international has 139 league games under his belt with 11 goals and 3 assists in that time. Deployed best as a 6, he is strong and composed on the ball and has excellent work rate to retain the ball once possession has been lost. The 26-year-old would be a great fit for Eddie Howe being able to slot in behind Bruno and do the dirty work to allow Bruno to flourish further up the field. With a market value of £22 million, this is a transfer that we can see all wrapped up by September.


  1. James Maddison (Leicester City)

With a move away from the King Power Stadium being reported and teased for what seems like an eternity now, James Maddison is one of England’s hottest talents and still only 26, is hitting the prime of his career and that time could be spent at St. James. 154 appearances in the league with Leicester for Maddison, bagging 42 goals and 31 assists in total. Maddison is best suited to the number 10 role to allow him space on the ball to drive and attack at defenders with pace, deadly from set-pieces and a great footballing brain, he will certainly be a wanted man come the summer and we think Eddie Howe and the board should do whatever it takes to get him in.


  1. Gabriel Sara (Norwich City)

Brazilian versatile midfielder Gabriel Sara has been tearing it up for Norwich in the championship this season. Netting 6 goals and 4 assists in 33 games playing across the midfield, he will certainly be looking at contracts from the Premier League in the summer should Norwich miss out on promotion. Being able to play as a 6, an 8 and a 10, Sara can influence the game and create moments of magic on and off the ball. Squad depth is so important for Newcastle as we look to next season and having a player with Sara’s qualities within your ranks would be a massive boost for Eddie Howe, valued at £8 million, we think this one should be worth a go.


  1. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Little needs to be said about just how jaw droppingly brilliant N’Golo Kante is, and with his contract due to expire in the summer, not only could Newcastle sign 2x Premier League winner, World Cup winner, Champions League winner, 2x Footballer of the Year, but they could get him on a free. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury has saw him only make 3 appearances in the league this season, but now back to full fitness, unless he gets offered a new contract, Eddie Howe should be all over this and do whatever it takes to get him on the books.


  1. Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

The second Chelsea midfielder on this list, 23-year-old Conor Gallagher is currently on his third season in the Premier League after spells on loan to West Brom and Crystal Palace from Chelsea, in that time he has played 89 games, scoring 11 and getting 6 assists. Being comfortable as an 8 or a 10, Gallagher can play as advanced as you need him to but would be an ideal fit for Newcastle alongside Bruno as the pair could balance each other and create bags of chances for the front 3. Valued at £28 million and with his game time being reduced to substitute appearances at Chelsea, this is a transfer that could work great for both parties.


  1. Edson Alvarez (Ajax)

Mexican holding midfielder Edson Alvarez has been getting all the plaudits across Europe this season and it’s clear to see why. A number 6 who has one of the best ball retention rates in Europe, an absolute workhorse that leaves it all on the pitch, and a keen eye to progress the ball up the field. 92 appearances for Ajax with 10 goals and 5 assists in the league from a deep lying midfielder is truly a testament to how good he is. Valued at £30 million and only 25 years old, the only thing that would be in the way of this transfer, would be that every club in Europe is also after his signature, but if Eddie Howe makes him his man and pays the money, Newcastle United have one of the best holding midfielders at the moment.


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The fantastic ‘pad’ for seriously ill children and their families, opening in memory of Bradley Lowery



This is the incredible ‘pad’ where sick children can go for a well-deserved break with their families – and it is all in the name of Bradley Lowery.

‘Super Brad’s Pad’ is taking shape and could soon become a haven for people to ‘make memories’.

It will have five bedrooms, play rooms, a hot tub, enclosed garden and lots of other top-notch facilities.

It is all being made possible by the Bradley Lowery Foundation and the fantastic members of the public who are supporting it with donations.
But more help is needed to make sure fundraising targets are hit and here’s your chance to give support.
Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery, who started the Foundation, said: “Families can spend days, weeks, months in hospital with a seriously ill child and being able to have a short getaway makes the world of difference to all of the families. 

“We want children to have the opportunities Bradley had when he wasn’t in hospital, we want parents to relax and enjoy each others company, away from the day to day life of being in hospital.”

Super Brad’s Pad will cater for up to 10 people per visit, so that ‘grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins can also enjoy being a part of the experience’ said the Foundation.

The aim is for the home to host around 100 families per year.

Fundraising was paused, and the holiday build was put on hold, during the pandemic.

But it is back in full swing and Gemma said the build was ‘coming along nicely’.

She added: “Every donation no matter how big or small means everything to us.”

Bradley touched the hearts of people all over the world. In 2017, he won a Child of Courage trophy at the Best of Wearside Awards.

Bradley lost his fight to neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, in July of 2017.

Gemma founded the Bradley Lowery Foundation and started the charity which became a beacon of hope.

Since it was founded, it has raised more than £3million for dozens of poorly children.

It has also established a dedicated support line for the families of children with cancer, donated huge sums of money to researching childhood cancers and campaigned for new drugs to be introduced in the UK.

Gemma said: “Fundraising is hard for all charities at the moment. We appreciate every penny that is donated, especially because we still have £200,000 to finish the holiday home we are building in Scarborough.”

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Karl Darlow set for permanent move away from Newcastle United



After a successful loan spell to Hull City, Karl Darlow is poised for a permanent move away from St. James’.

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has made it clear he wants to keep a hold of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Signing for the club in 2014 from Nottingham Forest, he went onto make 100 appearances for the magpies with his debut coming in 2015 under Steve McLaren. His best stint for the club was during the 2020/21 season making 25 appearances. He then saw himself fall out of favour when Martin Dubravka signed for the club and now with Nick Pope cementing the position as his own, Darlow saw himself drop down the pecking order.

Signing for Hull City on loan in January, he has since made 11 appearances keeping 5 clean sheets in the process, with three coming in the last four matches against good opposition in Millwall, Blackburn, and Watford.

“He’s been magnificent since he’s come in,” Rosenior said after Darlow’s clean sheet against Watford on Saturday. “I think he’s massively enjoying working here, I think he’s enjoying the club, he’s settled in with the players really really well.

“What I really like about Karl was as soon as he signed he had his young family come and join him and settle down in the area, and I think that’s helped him. Hopefully we’ll have discussions in the summer about his long-term future.”

Rosenior revealed earlier in the week his intention to keep Darlow at the club, and Hull are believed to be in discussions with Newcastle over making the goalkeeper’s stay at the MKM Stadium permanent – as his loan agreement is believed to have as an option.

Contracted at St. James’ until 2025, it seems as though a permanent move to Hull City would be the best thing for Darlow with his position at Newcastle United seemingly gone.


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Our Premier League Team of the Season 2022/2023



With the season drawing to a close, we have put together our Premier League Team of the Season.

In what has been a season that is set to go right down to the very end, it has been yet another spectacular campaign of football with players breaking out on to the scene and some very memorable moments.

Lets have a look at who we have decided is in the starting 11 for the Team of the Season.

The starting 11 was chosen in terms of not only who we think has been the best in those positions, but also who has either exceeded expectations but also who has done exactly what was expected of them in their position.

Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman mean Newcastle United make up 60% of the defence in this team, but for good reason. This season, the magpies are currently bosting the best defence in the league conceding the least amount of goals, 24 to be precise.

William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko make up the remaining two spots in the defence, the Arsenal duo have had a great campaign with the gunners still sat top of the league and looking to get their first league title in nearly 20 years.

A midfield three of Casemiro, Keving De Bruyne, and Martin Odegaard, three players so vital to their clubs and all having a wonderful season, it’s hard to put anyone else in there over them.

Up top, we have a front three of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Erling Haaland as all three players have had goals, influence, and star power in their clubs to push them to the very top this season.

The substitutes include top of the league goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, which seems harsh to leave him out of the starting squad but up against Nick Pope, either could go in and it would be a good decision, but Ramsdale just makes it onto our bench.

Ben Mee has had a cracking season with Brentford seeing them looking set to enjoy a top half finish with him at the heart of defence. Luke Shaw gets on the bench after a solid season under Ten Hag at United.

Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Harry Kane are the remaining players on the bench, all have had a fantastic season but unfortunately only make the bench for this squad.

Roberto De Zerbi is the manager of the season for us, having joined Brighton in September following Graham Potter’s departure, many thought this spelt the end of Brighton’s good fortunes in the Premier League, but not only did De Zerbi do better than expected of him, he has taken a very good Brighton and Hove Albion team and improved them navigating them to a top half finish.

Manchester City only see two players in this team, although they have had a great season, the rotation of the team sees a great team instead of individual players, which is a testament to how Pep Guardiola wants his teams to be.


Premier League 22/23 Team of the Season:

Nick Pope (GK), Kieran Trippier, William Saliba, Sven Botman, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Casemiro, Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Erling Haaland.


Aaron Ramsdale (GK), Ben Mee, Luke Shaw, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexis Mac Allister, Gabriel Martinelli, Harry Kane

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)


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