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This Target Is Perfect For Newcastle – Can We Get A Deal Done?

With Steve Bruce using a 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation during the preseason and through the first two games, the lack of wide options was not too big of a problem. However, after the disappointing loss 3-1 loss at Norwich City, Steve Bruce changed to the 3-4-3/5-2-3 formation he has used for much of this season.

This use of this formation has left Newcastle with limited options for the two positions on either side of striker Joelinton. While Allan Saint-Maximin has been red hot since coming into the team against Manchester United on the left, Miguel Almiron has continued to be a frustrating presence in the side.

No one can question his work ethic and desire, however, his lack of a final product and often frantic play has hurt Newcastle on occasion. He’s had some outstanding performances but has also cost Newcastle far too often.

Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen has been touted as a potential January option to strengthen the forward options. We feel he would be the perfect addition on the right-wing for Newcastle.

Jarrod Bowen– perfect fit for Newcastle?

With Newcastle’s limited options on either wing in their 3-4-3 formation, Miguel Almiron faces little competition for his place at the moment.

Matt Ritchie fits the profile of an inside winger on the right but is currently out injured. Christian Atsu is also an option, but he offers a little threat on goal.

That’s where Jarrod Bowen would be a perfect addition to this team. His presence will also push Almiron and hopefully, get the best out of the Paraguayan.

Steve Bruce is reportedly keen to try and bring the 22-year-old in this winter. The Shields Gazette, however, are reporting that certain circumstances may hinder any efforts to bring Bowen to Tyneside.

The first obstacle is Hull City’s £20m valuation of the player. If Newcastle can’t get Hull to lower that price, it would exhaust Newcastle’s entire January budget. With Newcastle reportedly prioritizing a central midfielder, that could cause problems in the pursuit of two additions this winter.

Another obstacle reported in the Shields Gazette is that Bruce left Hull on less than amicable terms with their owner Assem Allam. That may prove to be a stumbling block in a move for Hull’s prized asset.

We still think that Newcastle are in the driver’s seat for Jarrod Bowen. It doesn’t look like Bowen is going to sign his new three-year contract before the window opens. Therefore a deal in the £15-18m would be great business for Newcastle and a decent return for Hull City who signed Bowen as a free agent in 2014.

As far as moving for another central midfielder, Newcastle could opt for a player on loan or offload some players to fund a move for one.

Whatever happens with the pursuit of another midfielder, it shouldn’t be at the expense of bringing Bowen in this winter.

24 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #1

    High level says, suck it Bleatin. Lol

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Ajax Chelsea and Valencia all on 7 points
    Lille out of it and probably going to be
    slaughtered by Ajax in the Stade Pierre Mauroy

  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Atsu may not threaten many goals but he would still be more of a goal threat than Almiron as he is playing at the moment.
    As would Carrol or Gayle up front in place of Joelinton.
    We are desperate for goals from our forwards well before the January transfers come round.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    RIP Jonathan Miller (Beyond the Fringe)

  • lochinvar

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    meanwhile Ashley wants to change the name of his holding company from Sports Direct to Fraser Group in a vain attempt to deflect negative vibes for his business…..he’s nowhere near being in the same league as these boys

    The parent company of Premier League champions Manchester City has announced a £389m investment from US private equity firm Silver Lake.The deal breaks a record in global sports valuations, making holding company City Football Group (CFG) worth £3.73bn ($4.8bn). The US private equity firm is buying around 10% of CFG’s worldwide business.
    City are currently third in the Premier League, and have qualified for the Champions League last 16.
    CFG has a stake in seven football clubs across the world, including in the US, Australia, Japan and China.
    ‘Premium sports content’

    Group chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “We and Silver Lake share the strong belief in the opportunities being presented by the convergence of entertainment, sports and technology and the resulting ability for CFG to generate long-term growth and new revenue streams globally.”

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6


    I still don’t understand why Muto doesn’t get more game time he actually did okay at Leicester before the sending off and seems to be one of the players taking the blame for that even though he got taken off at 1 nil!?

    Muto can run the channels , press and will make runs to get on the end of chances which is a lot more than what our front 3 are doing at the moment! I feel if he is down the pecking order then Carroll or Gayle have to start soon because a different approach is needed.

    Is Bruce under pressure to make the front 3 work and play them because of cost?

    Reminds me of the Pardew days when the purples had to play regardless of form and would be played out of position to fit them in……

  • lochinvar

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    RIP Gary Rhodes….chef

  • JohnReese

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Mag52 I think Atsu should feel pretty hard done by that he got dropped and hasn’t had much of a look in since. He’s looked sharp when we’ve seen him this season since having that operation he needed.

    Like a few have said, probably best for Almiron to sit for a few games and come on later in games when the opposition have tired somewhat and he might get that bit more space to operate in.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Atsu is another weird one was actually producing assists and looking good he had a bad game at Leicester but overall has had a better contribution than most this season!

    I think he needs to come back into the fold as he does seem capable of producing something on the pitch

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes I would deffo start with Muto – got to try something different – someone to get near our centre forward someone to run the channels – Not two people in Saint Max and Almiron who seem to run straight up and down the pitch with there heads down
    Saint Max – maybe stick Saint Max Centre forward – little maybe but can run and dribble and shoot
    and play JoeLinton as a inside forward – seems to drift out right a lot of the game.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    I would also give Muto a chance, if only cos I’ve got him down as out TGS for this year! 🙂

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Nov 27, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #12

    As much as I’d love Bowen to sign for us, I can’t see it happening. He’ll have a better choice of clubs if he chooses to leave (and Hull choose to cash in).

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 27, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I can’t see Bowen signing for us at all!

    The time to sign him was in the summer or possibly last season hes too well known now I would expect a more ambitious team like Leicester or Wolves to sign him and then everyone on here debating why we didn’t get him when he was available for the rest of the season as he starts to deliver on his potential…..

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #14

    The lucky break in getting the defenders sneaking goals got into the head of the head coach, and an enormous appreciation of his contribution among the fans, if I may sarcastically add. The inspiration got the head coach to bring the midfielders into deep defence and a wing back into kamikaze solo runs for elusive goals. Deeming the resulting 2-0 halftime deficit to be due to a lack of manpower upfront, the other end is crowded up and hoofball ensues. The defeat that follow got many into demanding five of the losing team be dropped and the formation be changed totally. All are confident that with those, a top team due in three days will be vanquished. This slapstick comedy running over the last few days is quite a entertaining. I hope my making fun of a seriously depressing event wasn’t offensive.

    Logically, though, Almiron and Saint Maximin should be made to switch wings. If that does not work in the next two games (chances are it won’t; both being tough ones), we could try 5212 (with Almiron and Joelinton upfront). S Longstaff should replace Shelvey as soon as he serves his time despite what EGB says. If nothing works (chances are they won’t), we can go to a war.

  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Bowen deal, 20 Million is cheap compared to what we paid out for Big Joe, do a swap plus cash deal for Gayle, Hull knows Gayle can score in the championship.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    @Unused Sub

    I suppose the thing with playing City is no matter even if Bruce gives us a tactical masterclass we could very well end up getting spanked depending on how City play!

    But yes I think even just swapping wings would have showed at least a little bit of game awareness from him but he just stood there like a rabbit in the headlights till it was too late…..

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Party (@16): I’m hopeful that we are witnessing a historical event in which defenders score all goals for a pro football team over a full season. I’m hopeful that our stupid set up gets ManCity so surprised that their natural instincts take a holiday and we win. With the circus around us we have to remain hopeful.

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18

    unusedSub – too late, Linton , Muto, Matty L and Shelvey have already scored

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Albeit – Muto was the cup

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Getting a reasonable player to sign for our current ownership-management combination could be difficult without there being a generous release clause or an obscene transfer fee. When someone in contract becomes too active on social media too soon I get suspicious as well. I maybe wrong; I am from a generation when there was no social media.

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes Mindshaft (@18): let’s say a record number of goals by defenders…

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #22

    what the f*** were our scouts thinking putting three non scorers together and expecting goals. i think i got mocked near the start of the season saying ten goals between the three of them was likely. maybe i should have said 5. we could have had bowen and wilson for 40m.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23

    RIP Clive James

    Dropping like flies!

  • Geordie-john

    Nov 27, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Will Bowen make us a winning team like Dull was for you Brucey ? Lol !
    What a load of bollocks, We need a decent skipper / leader not someone that thinks defence defence defence every minute of the match. It doesn’t work !!!!!!!!


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