We have signed Nabil Bentaleb on loan from Schalke 04 for the rest of the season with an option to buy for €10M this summer.
That’s an excellent deal, but our other immediate target – right-sided Austrian International midfielder Valentino Lazaro may prefer to sign for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
Lazaro is said to have enjoyed playing in the Bundesliga with Hertha BSC and would like to return to the German league in preference to Newcastle in the Premier League.
We’d be surprised if we can get the Inter-Milan midfielder to Newcastle on loan with an option to buy this month – but it’s still possible if not probable.
Neil has a report out today that Leipzig are not happy with the €23M transfer fee so he could become available – but we only want players who want to play for newcastle as their first choice.
Bentaleb, on the other hand, was very eager to join Newcastle, and that’s always nice to see, and he is physically fit but not match-fit.
So it seems a perfect time to give him a game against Oxford United on Saturday in the FA Cup 4th round tie.
Newcastle have a chance to get to the 5th round of the FA Cup for the first time in Mike Ashley’s 13 year tenure as the woeful Newcastle United owner.
Nabil Bentaleb– almost certain to play against Oxford United on Saturday
The Chronicle are reporting that 42,000 tickets have already been sold for the game, so it looks like the lads will get the backing of a nearly full house on Saturday.
It follows their heroics of the last three minutes of last night’s Premier League game at Goodison Park.
We looked a well-beaten side – down 2-0 – until substitute Florian Lejeune turned up with two goals right at the death.
Cristiano Ronaldo would have been happy with Florian’s first goal, which was an acrobatic overhead bicycle kick with the ball whizzing into the back of the net.
The Everton defenders seemed stunned that a Newcastle player had tried to score a goal!
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has been keen on Bentaleb for a few years now, and the Algerian International could make his first start for the club on Saturday with Bruce needing to rest some players after another hectic spell of games.
This is what Steve Bruce said about the 25-year-old Algerian after last night’s 2-2 draw at Goodison Park:
“With the problems with what we’ve got, to keep it under wraps for a few weeks, he’s somebody who we identified and he’s a very good player.”
“The kid’s played at the highest level for Spurs and particularly impressed as a young player when he first burst onto the scene.”
“Then he gets a big-money move to Schalke, where he’s played probably played 90-100 times at the top end of the Bundesliga so he’s a good acquisition for us.”
“A good player.”
Now we need to make no mistakes on Saturday and beat Oxford United, who eliminated us at the same stage back when we were in the Championship in 2017 by an embarrassing score of 3-0.
We must win this game to keep the momentum going.
Howay The Lads!!
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-2 Draw At Everton?
- Florian Lejeune (64%, 1,662 )
- Martin Dubravka (17%, 433 )
- Miguel Almiron (11%, 296 )
- Matt Ritchie (3%, 67 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 24 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 18 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 18 )
- Ciaran Clark (1%, 17 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 16 )
- Joelinton (1%, 16 )
- Matty Longstaff (1%, 16 )
- Sean Longstaff (0%, 11 )
- Emil Krafth (0%, 11 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 8 )
Total Voters: 2,613