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.