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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

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #121


  • Tramp

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #122

    SD financial results delayed again… followed by drop in share prices… followed by fat Ash gobbling up shares.

    This is all a tactic.

    He eats up fallen SD shares faster than Charnley gobbles his todger.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see SD release very healthy financials, SD share prices shoot up and he will sell, sell, sell.

  • geordie157

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #123

    The 3 or 5 at the back seems to be the way forward.

    I think Manquillo has edged just ahead of Yedlin, I thought he improved a lot last season and rwb is clearly his best position.

    If go 4 at the back, Dummett is a solid left back but we would definitely need a better right back.

    If we can offload Gayle, Lazaar, Elliot and Colback. I’d keep Saivet for now, he’s had a decent African cup so could be a useful squad player who can play in number of positions.

    If we could sign this Maximin and Philipp Max that sorts lwb and replaces Perez.

    I’d sign Carroll on a free to come off the bench.

    We’d still need another striker but I think Muto will improve this season.

    Like Bowen, so I think he’d be better signing than another central midfielder.

    So 5 more in, 6 if we upgrade on Yedlin/Manquillo. With 4 out. Can’t see it happening we always start a season short by 1 or 2 signings…. which are usually a striker and left back!

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #124

    So far we have sold or released/sent back five players. We have replaced them with players a manager with a history of winning trophies and a couple of men with a history of relegating the club did. What can possibly go wrong this season.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #125

    *didn’t want

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #126

    All will be revealed

    Sports Direct’s shares are down a further 2%. The retailer has said it will publish its delayed results today although they are yet to be released.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #127

    Tramp, that would be insider trading shirley?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #128

    UK-listed companies normally publish their results at or close to 07:00, before the London markets open at 08:00.
    However, Sports Direct preliminary results had yet to appear at 08:20, and it had not responded to requests for comment and it’s Investors page on it’s web site has been taken down.

    Could be messy this.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #129

    From a Twitter poster
    Dharshini David

    “Speculation fills the vacuum of company’s silence”
    Wonder which other business that could apply to ?

    Sports Direct due to brief investors/media at 0900…will the presentation be as much of a no-show as its yet unpublished delayed results? share price drifting down as speculation fills vacuum of company’s silence

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #130

    In one year Sports Direct share price down from 415p to 235p a reduction of 43%

    Tramp – think you could be right about driving the shares to the lowest possible price for Ashley to buy them back to take the company back into private ownership ?

  • c-dog

    Jul 26, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #131

    Manquillo is not a matter of opinion
    It’s fact he is awful


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