Newcastle United are tipped to sign a number of players in January transfer window, especially in the defensive department…
The need for Newcastle to bring in defensive reinforcements in January was highlighted once again as Eddie Howe’s side conceded 3 goals at home to Brentford last time out.
Skipper Jamaal Lascelles gave the home side a blistering start in Howe’s first game before former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney equalised a minute later. His shot burst through the hands of goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Rico Henry then fired the Bees in front.
Joelinton’s thunderous shot into the bottom corner levelled the game at half time after the ball fell to his feet following a typically mazy run from Allan Saint-Maximin.
A deflected own goal off the knee of Lascelles put the visitors ahead once again before ASM finished off an exciting counter-attack to make it 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining. The Magpies were unable to get all three points despite Joelinton missing a guilt-edged opportunity in the final stages.
Howe’s side remain five points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table and are in desperate need of picking up points against Norwich City and Burnley at SJP, ahead of a challenging Christmas period.
Fans may be hopeful after the attacking threat shown on Saturday, but will be extremely worried by the woeful defensive display as the Magpies still search for their first win of the campaign.
Newcastle are expected to spend big in the upcoming January transfer window following the Saudi-led takeover of the club last month and have already been linked with a myriad of players.
Most names have been merely speculation, while some are more realistic. One thing is for sure, United need to improve their defence in the mid-season window.
Jessie Lingard, Donny Van de Beek and Ross Barkley are amongst the attackers who could be tempted by a move to SJP, but there are a number of defensive options who are favourites to join the club.
Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, who played under Howe at Bournemouth, and James Tarkowski are two players strongly tipped for move to the North-East. Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has also been linked with the Magpies who are in a position to sign the trio.
Enthusiastic Wolves centre-back Conor Coady is amongst the outsiders to join the club in January.
Here is a list of the transfer specials currently offered by PaddyPower and SkyBet for players to make the move to St. James’ Park:
James Tarkowski – 5/4
The Burnley defender is out of contract in the summer and could be available for a fee of around £3million. He has plenty of Premier League experience and has the ability to help sure up the leaky Newcastle defence.
Many Magpie fans have made their voices heard and Tarkowski is high up on their list to make up for the defensive incompetence shown this season.
The towering centre-back is said to want a new challenge and with less than a year left on his contract is likely to leave Turf Moor in January. Expect Newcastle to put an offer on Dyche’s table and challenge the hand of the Burnley boss.
Dean Henderson – 5/2
The Manchester United man is considered one of the leading prospects in the English game and has starred for the Red Devils on a number of occasions. He has already shown his Premier League ability and helped United to a second place finish last campaign.
This year he seems to be back in the shadows of Spanish stopper David de Gea and is rumoured to want a move away from the Manchester club for a new challenge and to become first choice once again.
Newcastle already have a couple of talented Keepers at the club but could be tempted to bring the potential next England no.1 to Tyneside.
Aaron Ramsey – 11/4
The ex Arsenal midfielder moved to the Serie A on a free transfer in 2019 after spending ten years at the North London club.
After lengthy spells on the sidelines he is yet to form a friendly relationship with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri he is thought to want a move away from Turin and back to the Premier League.
Despite putting in a number of quality performances for his country scoring three goals in his last three appearances for Wales, his club form has been lacking. His experience of the English game and versatility in the midfield could help change the fortunes of Newcastle this season.
His £400,000k a-week salary could be make or break for some clubs and puts Newcastle at the top of the list to sign him following the Saudi-led takeover of the club.
Nathan Ake – 3/1
The ex Bournemouth stalwart is used to Eddie Howe’s style of play and has only managed three Premier League appearances this season at Manchester City. He is low in the pecking order at City, with Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones ahead of him.
Howe may be looking towards familiar faces in his bid to take Newcastle to safety and kickstart the new era. With a budget of around £200million available to the Magpies in January, they may test Guardiola’s hand in the transfer window.
Despite the negative feelings towards Newcastle among the Premier League elite, City are one club believed to be without a strong opinion meaning a deal may be possible. The Dutch defender is known as a ball-playing centre back and alongside Tarkowski could form a new partnership at the back for the Magpies.
Ross Barkley – 7/2
With a severe lack of players who can drive forward with the ball, Newcastle may be looking to tempt Chelsea man Ross Barkley away from Stamford Bridge.
The English midfielder played on-loan at Aston Villa last season and showed glimpses of his talent before having a large period on the sidelines due to injury. He likes to carry the ball through midfield and has a creative element to his game too.
His lack of game-time at title favourites Chelsea means he may be looking elsewhere in January and could help bolster Newcastle’s chances of finding some form in the second half of the season.
The 27 year-old Englishman often looks to drop between the lines and likes to unlock defences with key passes – could he help the Mags going forward?
The list goes on…
Here are some other names that have been linked with Newcastle in the January transfer window:
*odds as shown at time of writing and may vary*
Adama Traore 7/2
Dele Alli 4/1
Wilfried Zaha 5/1
Dominic Calvert-Lewin 5/1
Jesse Lingard – 6/1
Ousmane Dembele 6/1
Donny Van de Beek 7/1
Conor Coady 15/2
Raheem Sterling 8/1
Gini Wijnaldum 10/1
Who would you like to see brought to SJP in January? Can Newcastle avoid the drop? How much will Howe look to spend in the mid-season window?
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More to follow…
Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United
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?
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.
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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)
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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