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Can Newcastle Beat The Big Boys To Bundesliga Assist Machine?


On Tuesday, the Chronicle had reported that Newcastle were interested in Augsburg left-back Philipp Max. They intimated that he was mentioned to Steve Bruce as a possible target.

The Daily Express have followed up with a new report from last night that the left-back is being considered by Newcastle.

The player is an excellent attack-minded wing-back who is one of the better crossers in all of the Bundesliga. He is 25-years-old and has the pace to bomb down the left and the accuracy to execute pin-point crosses into the box.

He is said to be available for £18m and would be a great addition to Newcastle.

Philipp Max– Augsburg’s assist machine

He is primarily deployed as an attacking left-back and would fit perfectly in a back five where Matt Ritchie played the second half of last season. This past season he made 34 appearances with 4 goals and 4 assists for Augsburg.

However, it was in 2017-18 that he set the Bundesliga record for assists by a defender with 13. He also takes a lot of Augsburg’s set pieces.

The downside is that he is being tracked by both Liverpool and Barcelona. However, they are both seeking him as cover while Newcastle would presumably want him in the first eleven.

Liverpool are looking at Max to deputize for Andrew Robertson and basically replace Alberto Moreno in the squad. Moreno’s contract was not renewed and he has since joined Villarreal.

Barcelona reportedly have Max as a back-up plan if they are unable to acquire Junior Firpo from Real Betis. However, that move is making decent progress.

At Barcelona, Philipp Max would still have to battle it out with Jordi Alba who only just turned 30 this past March and has shown no signs of slowing down. Last season he had 54 appearances with 3 goals and 17 assists for the La Liga champions.

So if Newcastle want Max and are willing to pay the £18m for him, we think they certainly would have a good chance of getting him.

This is a link that we hope has something to it. And in today’s market, £18m should not be a deal-breaker for a Premiership club in desperate need for an attacking left wing-back like Max.


131 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #1

    £18m isn’t really a lot nowadays in football. Last season £18m was the average transfer fee spent by premier league clubs.

    I did quite like Ritchie at wing back but him and max would be very good options. If no wing backs then max and dummett are very options too but I prefer 3/5 man at the back and dummett to compete and play at cb.

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  • oldarse

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Emails from high Please IGNORE TB do not allow him oxygen

    9
  • TomaKaThor

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes pleaase, and Sidibe but wont happen

    1
  • danishmag

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #4

    No more coming in.. as i said Yesterday..
    The money from Perez and Joselu are gone on Joelinton..
    The left over £11mil from last season, the tv money, and the rest of the money that the fat fcuking TWAT has stolen, are NOT coming out of his pockets again!!!

    24
  • jane

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #5

    danishmag the other day didn’t you say Joelinton wasn’t coming.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Philip Max would be a brilliant signing. Cannot see this happening, unfortunately.

    2
  • Reilly

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #7

    WTF has happend to this blog.!
    So sad.

    16
  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Abe: I am telling you I can spot dementia. It is a big part of my job. You need help soon.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa lost patience and faith, most understandably, but it’d be just like life for Bruce to be given a decent side, culminating in a sale and then to have first crack at the project Rafa so coveted and pursued. I suppose that would be the very definition of irony.

    3
  • Tony Baloney

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Like this was not the fight club a week ago FFS.

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  • geordietom

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Charlie Austin …

    would we? could we ? should we?…

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  • one fine day

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #12

    one fine day

    Jul 25, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13
    Geordietom,
    The email Neil shite patter comment was said in complete jest my friend 🙂
    Was meant to follow it with a just messing comment had phone not froze up,hence not being able to comment overnight here while i did an update reboot
    And for what it’s worth I like the warm Piccadilly idea
    If offended I apologize mate

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  • geordietom

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #13

    ONE FINE DAY …

    been waiting for you to come on sorry i was tetchy with you . i do opoligize …

    just i’m sick of other posters putting that comment on mate …

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Geordietom @11

    No, yes, no

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  • geordietom

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #15

    OFD …

    are you in oz mate ? …

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Austin is past it now would be gutted if we signed him he’s injury prone as well so just as much of a risk as signing Carroll, Welbeck etc

    Would have been as well signing Rondon if we are going to buy Austin unless we.are.getting him cheap as chips?

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  • geordietom

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Billy @14 …

    i walked right in to that mate .

    made me laugh …

    😀

    1
  • geordietom

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #18

    yep Austin is a bit of a sick note …

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  • Genjikai

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Ofd
    Your message is currently getting retweeted around the world. Good effort my friend.
    Alot of aussies on that post mate. You should deffo consider my proposal.

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  • danishmag

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Jane..
    i sure did..
    Imagin my surprise.. i almost shit myself;)

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  • kilcline

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #21

    No chance we will sign this lad, he will be playing champs league football next season.

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #22

    On subject. This guy or someone of similar ilk really is a necessity. Dummett and Ritchie are good players and do what they do well but full / wing backs with pace, strength, defensive nous and end product make a huge difference. In my view we should look to seriously strengthen on both the left and the right.

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  • Genjikai

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Newcastle United protest groups release joint statement asking fans to ‘support our Toon initiative’
    A collective of nine Newcastle United protest supporter groups (listed below), calling for the club’s first match of the season to be boycotted by fans, have issued a joint announcement sharing details of alternatives to attending St James Park, on the day.
    The group has engaged with a number of popular venues across the city to create promotions that fans can enjoy on the day – while supporting local jobs, local businesses – and the regional economy as a whole.
    @IfRafaGoesWeGo

    @emptyforashley

    @TheMagpieGroup_

    @AshleyOutdotcom

    @Mike_Ashley_Out

    @NUFC360

    @LondonMagpies

    @maintainSJP

    @NWMagpies

    STATEMENT – Support Our Toon initiative:

    Following 12 years of neglect and disrespect of our football club and the recent departure of Rafael Benitez as Newcastle United manager, many supporters feel they can no longer return to St James’ Park whilst Mike Ashley
    remains the current custodian.
    Consequently, many fans are of the view that the only way to put pressure on him to sell is through the active participation in boycotts and other forms of protest. With many choosing to not renew their season tickets, and not attend games, it has come to light that local establishments could be affected by such actions of protest. Subsequently, NUFC fan groups have joined together
    to link in with the city’s bars, pubs and restaurants in an attempt to #SupportOurToon.
    This campaign will consist of local establishments providing their support to either the cause by advertising the boycotts and/or by providing match day, ‘happy-hour’ type deals to entice fans away from St James’ Park. The idea being, that businesses that would usually be quiet during match time, will reap the benefits of those boycotting, rather than suffer as a consequence. This will work through increased custom and furthermore, turnover.
    Support Our Toon isn’t only part of our protest against Mike Ashley – it exists as part of our collective’s commitment to support local businesses, local jobs – and the local economy as a whole. 63p of every £1 spent with small businesses stays in our regional economy, we don’t believe the same can be said about money spent and Newcastle United under Mike Ashley’s ownership.
    Mike Ashley doesn’t believe in supporting our region, or even acting in the interest of clubs where he is involved for that matter. A recent BBC report revealedthat Ashley, who was a former minority shareholder in Rangers took 93p of every £1 made from the sale of strips and merchandise.
    Thus far, the following bars have offered their support to the cause for the Arsenal game whilst others are supporting the movement with posters and leaflets being visible even if they cannot offer a ‘happy-hour’ type deal:
    Don Vito’s, 86 Pilgrim Street, NE1 6SG
    Pizza and a pint for £10 upon quoting “Support Our Toon” when ordering.

    Spot White, 14-18 Stowell Street, NE1 4QX
    Free pool subject to availability, bottles from £2.50 and shots from £1. Children are welcome.

    Idols/Vaults, 15 Bigg Market, NE1 1UN
    Bottles from £2, pints from £3, £3.50 double vodka and mixer. Adult entertainment.

    The Hancock, 2A Hancock Street, NE2 4PU
    £10 pitchers, 10% discount of food valid using this, or last year’s, season ticket. Entered into a raffle to win a signed NUFC football.

    Sinners, 63 Newgate Street, NE1 5RF
    3 bottles of Carlsberg/VK for £6 and £3.95 house trebles.

    The North terrace, 23-26 North Terrace, Claremont Street, NE2 4AN
    Normal menu instead of Sunday menu. Pizza and a pint for £8. 2 for £6 on select pints. ‘Half time madness’ deal – 50p off pints,

    Filthys, 22-28 Bigg Market, NE1 1UW
    Selected bottles at £1.50.

    Players, The Gate, Newgate Street, NE1 5TG
    2 pints for £5.95.

    Groups endorsing the Support Our Toon initiative include:

    @IfRafaGoesWeGo / @EmptyForAshley @TheMagpieGroup_ /
    @AshleyOutDotCom/ @Mike_Ashley_Out / @NUFC360 / @LondonMagpies / @MaintainSJP / @NWestMagpies / @NUFCblogcouk

    For more information about the venues taking part in the Support Our Toon movement or to get involved, contact us on boycottsjp@gmail.com

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordietom on Austin just to explain.

    No cos hes 30 (or possibly 40?)(how many years has ed tried to sell us Charlie fing Austin?!). I think Rafa got some small compromises passed the transfer Gestapo but I doubt Bruce will.
    Yes cos we could if we really wanted to
    No cos hes a bit s**t and cant get a game for Southampton, the 2nd worse side I saw at St James last year.

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  • kilcline

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #25

    @Billy whitehurst

    I agree, the wing backs are huge positions of influence in modern day football, they allow more players in the middle and therefore more strength.

    City and Liverpool have the best wing backs in the league by a mile, pace and stamina being key ingredients.

    Would love us to get 2 quality wing backs in at the expense of other positions (unless we sell more players like Gayle) and get Carroll I’m on a free

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #26

    On a side note; if Carlsberg did Thursdays….
    Beautiful day, only half a day at work, then basking in 35c, tea outside, few beers and still sitting outside at 11pm with the mercury showing 30c and just chillin.

    A million miles from SJP in the January snow; bring iTV on !! 🙂

    1
  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #27

    ITV?? it

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m increasingly a Manquillo fan. I’d quite happily see us move on only Lazaar from our defense and bring in Maxx in his stead, play 3 centre backs out of Lascelles, Scharr, Lejeune, Fernandez, Dummett and Clarke, with Maxx left wing back, and Manquillo on the right, and have Yedlin and Ritchie as cover.

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Kilcline, exactly!

    Start with fullbscks then eventually (ideally next year) upgrade at CH so we can play 4 at the back. The current crop work great as a 3 but all have limitations in a 4. Releasing an extra man into midfield or up front and still being solid……… we can but dream

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Nicky, i’d prefer an upgrade on either of them. That said, you cant teach pace and yedlin has that in spades. Danishmag, hang in there. No point inbeing miserable. Loads of guys howled in derision at the idea of doubling what we spent on almiron but it happened, albeit with perez leaving. Ashley splurged once when stuck. He might do it again. Or he may sell Lobby!!

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  • kilcline

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Very true

    We have to play 3 centre backs next season. With lejuene and Schar they can play great football our from the back without Shelvey having to go so deep.

    I would of liked Sessengon and a similar right sided player but we won’t get that.

    We do need to target these lower league clubs like Charlton, Sheff United (when they were down there) who have produced great youngsters but then gone on to top clubs

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Nicky I agree Manquillo has improved but he and Yedlin can and should be improved upon. My priorities may be different to you or whoever picks the players now so it may not be this season but we wont progress without an upgrade at fullback. It’s where the space is on a pitch and being able to exploit it is key.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #33

    gerodietom
    in aus ?
    yes i am

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  • one fine day

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #34

    geordietom
    spellcheck ffs

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Yeah Munster, of course you’re right, pace is a big big asset, but to me Manquillo is increasingly the better all round player. Of the two I’d go for Manquillo and I think he’s still improving. I’d give him the shirt and see what he does with it. I can’t see us getting upgrades on both flanks this window. I think we’ll be looking at left back, wide attacker, centre forward and midfield before right back.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #36

    I think rafa got a bit lucky with lobby. Lovely player. Watched him v st pats and he lorded it until jonjo came on, who lorded it even more. Hope we can get some more quality in, would hate to lose lobby, would really hurt.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Sell or move on Gayle, Lazaar, Aarons, Colback and Saivet, even with money to spend we still need to get these players fixed up.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #38

    gengikai
    thanks man hope it gets the message out .
    just getting through to your email now
    not on twitter but will be be def sorting out the whatsapp.
    keep it up lads
    cracking job i know is going on behind the scenes

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  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #39

    I suspect if you asked most supporters they would be happy with the goalie and any 3 of the centre halves.
    If we kept Ki, Shelvey, Longstaff and Hayden that would be more than acceptable. Even chucking in a Saviet or Colback for cover wouldn’t be the end of the world.
    Jo and Almiron.
    That’s 8 or maybe 9 out of 11 depending upon formation.

    Buy a new goalie, we have little quality back up.
    Upgrade 2 fullbacks.
    Additional winger (right)
    Centre forward
    Add or upgrade another in midfield.
    Spend another 85 million

    Sell the excess.

    Raise another 30 million

    Six in, 5/6 out, net spent (the reported) 90+ million (ish) finish 8th

    Surely it’s not complicated?? 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 25, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Nicky i still think saivet is worth another look. Too many here thought rafa infallible and obviously he isnt. Losing the left back to Young Boys seemed stupid at the time, as, clearly, was signing lazaar. Oh i forgot, that was a charnley signing. From my perspective id like another look at saivet. As for the ginger pirli, whoever came up with that nickname hadnt watched Pirlo much! 🙂

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