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Newcastle Could Start Summer Overhaul This Winter


With Newcastle reportedly looking to add both a central midfielder and a forward in January, they would have to move on two members of their squad to make room for those additions.

Currently, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen are the hot names on the Newcastle transfer front. Whether that remains the case in six weeks’ time is anyone’s guess.

With Newcastle having so many players on expiring contracts, they will have a lot of flexibility this summer to make some additions. Rob Elliot, Javier Manquillo, and Ki Sung-yueng seem destined to run down their deals and leave this summer.

There are still question marks on Karl Darlow and Federico Fernandez, but without new deals, they will face the same fate as the other three.

That could leave as many as five open places for incoming transfers this summer. While that will allow for some flexibility in that window, they have very little in the winter window without moving some of their current players.

We suppose they could always bring in new blood and then not register some of the fringe players like Manquillo or Ki. However, it would be more prudent to try and offload as many players as they can this winter.


One player that Newcastle may be able to cash in on is striker Yoshinori Muto. The Chronicle are reporting that the 27-year-old is unsettled due to his lack of game time.

Muto has played just 100 minutes over five appearances in the Premier League this season. He has not played in the last five games and not been in the squad for four of those matches.

If the reports that Muto is looking to leave are accurate, then Newcastle may be able to recoup some of the £8m they paid for him in 2018.

Another player who could quickly become unsettled is Dwight Gayle. Despite replacing Muto on the bench over the past month, Gayle has barely featured for Newcastle playing just over 5 minutes since his return from a calf injury.

We could see Steve Bruce sanctioning a move for either Gayle or Muto, but not both. That is unless, of course, Newcastle can get decent fees for both players to reinvest in a better striker. However, January is a tough month to secure a proven goalscorer.

Whatever Newcastle do in January, they cannot afford to be completely idle. There are decisions to be made about this squad, and a plan needs to be put into action so this summer can be as smooth as possible.


27 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Wow – today must rank as one of the worst days on the blog, birthday card shops and slagging each other off non stop – welcome to newcastle UNITED …. definitely one thing the fans aren’t !

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  • Jib

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    We stand to drop a fair chunk of cash on Muto
    Rafa paid Mainz £10m for him August 2018
    However calling him a Benitez flop would be
    harsh.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Considering Rafa famously said ‘Muto – I think he is a striker ‘ – I’d dare say that he barely knew anything about the signing

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  • Jib

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    mindshaft
    fair point

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Food for thought for all those who say we are playing more attractive football, as anyone who goes to games already knows, you’re barely likely to see Newcastle in the opposing half.

    Dominating opponents does not always lead to success. However, the InStat data analysed in the 274th CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post shows that most of the best performing teams are able to maximise their passes in the opponent’s third of the pitch, while minimising the opponent’s passes in their own third. The best ratio overall in the 35 European leagues surveyed was measured for Manchester City.

    Passes achieved in opponent third vs passes conceded in own third
    Per domestic league match played between 01/07/2019 and 11/11/2019

    Manchester City ENG/1 210 59
    Ajax NED 220 64
    Rangers SCO 179 59
    Shakhtar DonetsK UKR 182 63
    PSG FRA/1 168 64

    BOTTOM OF ALL CLUBS OVER 150 LEAGUES

    Hapoel Hadera ISR 61 130
    Vitosha BUL 60 133
    Augsburg GER/1 60 140
    Newcastle ENG/1 71 175
    Hamilton Academical SCO 63 163

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry to talk football 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    In Bruce we trust.

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  • martoon

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Mindshaft @5 – That’s confirming what we know – the first few games we were very poor which I imagine drags down the figures. I’d like to see those stats for our last few games – I’m sure there would be a marked improvement?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #9

    The Unused Substitute “Would anyone expect another one from Yedlin like that against Bournemouth?”

    Considering that Yedlin had a goal narrowly (but fairly) ruled out for offside against West Ham in the match prior to the Bournemouth match and that the player himself has said that it’s something they’ve been working on in training, I would say that it’s a distinct possibility.

    Back to the bench with you!

    😉

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Rob ard you being funny when you said Emre was rubbish? He lit up the premier league, I remember fill back pages of the tabloids praising him and calling him amazing etc.

    He may not have tried very hard game in and game out, but on his day he was one of the most electric midfielders in the league.

    His problem was he couldn’t produce it every game. Another Ben Arfa type in that sense. But I personally would never called him rubbish in a million years.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Mindshaft, I have to say as stats go, that particular one is dull as owt!

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    In fact you’ll find Newcastle bottom or near bottom of most stats recorded such as shots on target, average possession , passes in opponents third, ball possession , accurate passes, shots on target conceded, passes conceded in own third ….

    https://football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/atlasperf/

    Shows we are quite lucky to have 15 points at this stage which can only be a good thing

    5
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Robleenio, sorry mate although to be honest it’s only as dull as sitting in the away end waiting to see the toon attack 😀

    3
  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Jiblets

    Muto was bought while Rafa was nat the club. Given the number of starts the lad got would hardly suggest a player Rafa was keen on.

    Rather than label Muto a Rafa buy, I’d suggest he’s been a take him or do without one.

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #15

    IrishRob, fair point – he did have some skill, that’s for sure.

    His issue was he very rarely seemed to be willing / able to show it. With his injuries and suspect disciplinary record he goers down in my eyes as one of the most frustrating players to have come to the club.

    I wouldn’t rank him with Ben Arfa who always had the potential to make magic happen, no matter how quiet he’d been throughout any game.

    0
  • Geordie-john

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #16

    NO CHANCE, MORE BULLSHIT !

    3
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    martoon – if you go on that site and click a stat and then click newcastle it will give you stats of all games played thus far – I can’t be arsed to copy and paste it all and don’t want to bore robleenio 🙂

    some interesting stats though if you care to take a look

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #18

    lesh – to be fair to jib , he did agree when I pointed out Rafa barely knew what position he played

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    GeordieJohn – very eloquent …care to elaborate on what exactly is bullshit?

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    You just reminded me of how much he loved a hard tackle for a little fella. He was always in trouble with the ref lol. Pity both of them were world class when they decided to bother. A lot of our players over the years seem that way for whatever reason.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    RobLeenio,
    Considering you were wrong about Brucie and Birthdays, what else are you wrong about 😛

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Lol Jail, not sure I was wrong – I was responding to your comment

    Jail for Ashley
    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:51 AM
    Comment #4
    He owned Birthdays card shop

    He patently never owned Birthdays card shop, he maybe owned an unspecified shareholding in it and possibly had a franchise.

    I am often wrong on lots of things, though. But not this.

    :p

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 18, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    😛

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 18, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    “Jail for Ashley
    He owned Birthdays card shops and is apparently a very nice man. I just don’t like him.
    Jail for Ashley
    RobLeenio,
    I’m not wrong, he most definitely did own it.”

    Nope

    He had shares in it
    and ran one store

    what else are you wrong about

    2
  • Australian Pie

    Nov 18, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Mindshaft I have sat im the away end both at Spurs and West Ham this season and didn’t find it dull at all!

    Almost had a panic attack both matches though =D

    1
  • Hannibal

    Nov 18, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Another summer overhaul I feel we apparently have one of these each summer. Sure it’s 8 or 9 years on the trot now.

    Not transfer wise but in optimism.

    1
  • geordietom

    Nov 19, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    😛

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