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Bruno Guimaraes Will Be A Great Newcastle Signing – But Where Are The Center-Backs?



There’s another informative article from former Evening Chronicle reporter Chris Waugh in the Athletic today.

The very good news is that it seems that Newcastle have been successful in getting an agreement with Lyon for their 24-year-old talented Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

It looks like the initial fee is €40M (£33.3M) with €10M (£8.3M) in additional fees based on performance.

That’s an excellent deal by the Newcastle recruitment team for a player whose best days are ahead of him.

He will be a great signing for us, and Steve Nickson, the current Head of Recruitment at Newcastle, has been scouting for the last two years.

The signing should give us some momentum during the last 4 days of this transfer window.

But where are the center-backs?

It now looks like only one center-back will arrive in this window, although Eddie Howe wanted two.

It seems like Newcastle are now looking for a low price center-back who will improve our back four.

6ft 7in tall Blyth-born Dan Burn of Brighton is a possibility and while he is willing to join his boyhood club this month, he is also settled on the south-cost.

Brighton seem not opposed to the move but turned down Newcastle’s initial £8M bid and maybe a bid close to double that would get the north-east lad to Newcastle – but they will have to move quickly.

Burn can play at center-back and left-back, and he has played over 80 games in the Premier League.

If there is no joy with Burn then Newcastle could go back and bid for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips.

And Newcastle are also linked with former Dutch U21 defender – 25-year-old Jeremiah St. Juste, the Mainz 05 player.

But it does seem that they are currently going after Dan Burn, and we think that would be a good signing and the 6ft 7ins player will give us some height at the beck: a bit of an understatement.

If Newcastle can get a striker and center-back in this window, it will have been a good one.

We’d also welcome a left-back, but we do have Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis, and Javier Manquillo who can play well at left-back.

Indeed, we could see Dummett there for the rest of the season, and he is a good defensive left-back, which is what we need.

What do you think?


45 comments so far

  • phy

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Centre backs are important and I’m sure 1 or 2 will be over the line but Bruno is a catalyst and could be transformative for us

    3
  • SPRINGY

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    St juste doin the rounds this morning…. he’s f**kin rapid and rated as a good cb in bundesliga

    3
  • phy

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    A high quality dcm in my mind is more important than any single defender. The less times a ball gets to the defence the less likely they are to make a mistake. QED.

    Also a quality DCM means we play higher up the pitch, putting greater pressure on the opposition and being more positive, plus the further up the pitch we are the more recovery opportunity we give ourselves. A mistake on the halfwaine is easier to rectify than one on the goal line

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Even though Lascelles can make bad decisions and be caught out, Schar can make silly mistakes, Clarke is a liability and Dummett or Krafth at center back won’t exactly turn up any trees, I’d feel safer at the back with Bruno in midfield. It’ll take some pressure off the defence and if we can’t bring in a center half but get Bruno in, I won’t see it as a disaster. This defence without Trippier shows resilience for large parts against Man City and Liverpool and played superbly with Trippier last time out against Leeds.

    An upgrade would be extremely handy and welcoming, but the more time Trippier has organising them on the field and the addition of Bruno in front of them, I think our current defence can hold on to keep us up this season with no additions. I obviously hope we get them, but won’t feel doom and gloom if it doesn’t happen.

    4
  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Has there already been a discussion on here whether we should have gone for Callum Chambers ?

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 28, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    theartfuldodger,
    None, people afraid to after the grief I’ve had for suggesting Rob Holding.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Tyran ye I’d have to agree there, certainly when it’s played on the ground he does get caught out sometimes, I wasn’t saying he doesn’t, I was just saying its probably not nearly as much as we lead ourselves to believe.

    On the vocal side of it, I think that’s probably all down to confidence atm. If you’re not confident you’re not going to be in a head space to tell others what to do.

    0
  • Reilly

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Keith Downie
    @SkySports_Keith
    ·
    1m
    Eddie Howe confirms Newcastle are close to adding a new player:
    “Fingers crossed, we are close to getting another one over the line. You can try and guess the player but that would be foolish of me to confirm. We are close, and we are hopeful.”

    4
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Tom

    Interesting, huh?
    😉

    0
  • Tom

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    CLINT …

    which one about the pact or st juste ?

    1
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m guessing the likes of Chambers and Holding don’t get mentioned a lot is for the simple reason they are not good enough.

    3
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    How Daragh,
    Ta man… Moneyball is defo worth another watch, one of BP’s best.
    I think we’ve been going down yge moneyball route in recent years…hba, asm…picking out players with ‘issues’, getting them onside, paying less for them.
    I guess we’re headed down the plain, old money route, now like?

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Susie Dent@susie_dent

    Word of the day is ‘forwaked’ (14th century): weary from watching and waiting for something that never seems to materialise.

    7
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    The amount of click bait. Molesey Juniors announce a £100m transfer of their spare sub to NUFC

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Tom

    The pact one.
    Was just having a convo with adamn about it earlier.
    I put another piece where they mentioned it, earlier thread.
    It’s all starting to ooze out!

    1
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Matthew Raisbeck
    @raisbeck10
    ·
    54s
    Howe to
    @bbcnewcastle
    : “The loan market is always an option and, usually, those deals come later in the window. We’re quite prepared to react and maybe make a quick decision on something that appears late.” #NUFC

    2
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Mind you, submarines cost a lot, ask the Aussies

    1
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Ron the Knee, it could be a better word of the day

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Ron knee

    Word of the day: synecdoche…clintflick
    For a laugh.
    😀

    0
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFC360
    @NUFC360
    ·
    42s
    #nufc are very serious in their interest to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng – OM want €15m

    https://www.footmercato.net/a8711786545962002711-om-newcastle-tres-chaud-sur-bamba-dieng

    1
  • Tom

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    think i better stop putting links on before the LINK POLICE come out in force … excuse the pun …

    3
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Tom

    Let them cry mate it’s the Harrison’s who lay down the law

    2
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    1m
    Eddie Howe on the trip to Jeddah:

    “I’ve spoken with the chairman [Yasir Al-Rumayyan]. We met with him one of the days and it was a great experience to hear his thoughts on the club, his vision and how the future looks. I think the players enjoyed that and so did I.”

    4
  • IrishRob

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think the biggest improvement to our defence might not even be a new player, Fernández might be the key, it was shocking to see the control and leadership and clear headed thinking that was like a shining light when he came back from injury and played a few games.

    I suspect he’s probably not as demanding or vocal in training as he is on match day and it might be a reason Howe was hesitant to play him, hopefully it has stuck in his mind. Because when he’s fit he needs to play, I worry though it will be another long drawn out affair where Howe doesn’t play him until long after he’s back and somone else like Schar gets injured or has a nightmare run.

    5
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Ron, do they have handles? Just asking for a frenchie

    0
  • Tom

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Clint …

    i read what you and ADAM where talking about earlier . seems like there’s plenty truth in the ” rumour ‘ mate …

    2
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Tom

    😀

    0
  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Tom

    Maybe, the lid is off!

    Pretty tawdry, hey?
    🙁

    0
  • Tom

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Mund …

    yep your not wrong , do you really think whingers would stop me putting links on mate ? …

    2
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #33

    and misspelt earlier post, Great word of the day

    1
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    10s
    Eddie Howe on tonight’s training match against Al-Ittihad:

    “Everything we do is to try and see the rewards of that in matches. We desperately don’t want any injuries. It’s a game that will be played in extreme heat & it’s slightly shorter at 70 minutes. I want them to enjoy it.”

    2
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Tom

    Whingers can’t stop foot all mate

    1
  • Tyran21

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #36

    IrishRob

    Lascelles may not be part of the grand pyramid in the future, but I still see him as an important role building that pyramid.

    3
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #37

    new laptop and getting used to keyboard

    0
  • HobokenToon

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #38

    https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/01/28/i-have-heard-sky-journalist-says-one-club-simply-doesnt-want-to-deal-with-newcastle/

    Silent agreement…eye roll…FWIW “all is fair” as the saying goes and I can’t honestly blame them…our ascendance will make making Europe let alone winning the league that much harder. I don’t they have any chance to push the sun back into the sky though, even for a year….A) we’re not getting relegated B) there is talent all over the world outside the 2-5 (City doesn’t care) former top 6. After they get over their grief they would probably be better off making cold business decisions rather than making futile attempts at forestalling the inevitable.

    For myself…no interest at all in Deli Alli as long as Diego Carlos is still possible and they are the competing bidder.

    4
  • Mund

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Miles Starforth
    @milesstarforth
    ·
    16m
    Jamaal Lascelles, injured against Leeds last weekend, has trained in Jeddah this week. Joelinton and Paul Dummett haven’t trained, but the injuries that forced them off at Elland Road aren’t thought to be serious. #nufc

    2
  • Tom

    Jan 28, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Clint …

    yep mate tawdry is to mild to describe them bunch of shits it’ll all come back to bite them one day mate …

    1


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