Redemption should be in the air this Saturday at St. James’ Park. Newcastle take on Watford in a massive six-pointer and are coming off an embarrassing defeat in the FA Cup’s third round.
Newcastle peppered the Cambridge goal in the first half but couldn’t breach their keeper Dimitar Mitov. Frustration soon set in. In the second half, Newcastle were out of sorts and a mistake from Martin Dubravka saw us knocked out of the competition.
One bright spot was the play of Kieran Trippier, who was just signed the day before. The 31-year-old looked class while being a leader on the pitch. Trippier has collected our poll as Newcastle’s best player with over 50% of the vote.
The defeat highlighted Newcastle’s dire need for a striker. After the match, Eddie Howe confirmed that Callum Wilson would be lost until March. The focus this week was on adding a goalscorer and a center-back.
It appears that half of the mission will be a success as Chris Wood is set to become our second signing of the new era. Newcastle triggered his release clause and he should be a Magpie by day’s end.
The 30-year-old is in line to make his debut on Saturday. A win would see Newcastle leapfrog The Hornets in the table, though they would have a match in hand. Depending on how Burnley fare against Leicester City, three points could move us above the relegation places.
Wins have been difficult to come by as evidenced by last Saturday’s deeply disappointing result. Watford have lost seven straight including a 4-1 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup.
Everything simply points to this being a must-win for The Magpies. Getting our new striker in to play a part could make all the difference.