Adding a quality striker this summer is thought to be Newcastle’s number one priority. According to Mark Douglas of inews, that is most definitely the case.
Newcastle have at times lacked a significant threat upfront in Callum Wilson’s absence. While Chris Wood has contributed significantly to the recent surge up the table, he has found the back of the net just twice in 15 appearances.
Adding another consistent source of goals would significantly upgrade this squad. Along with a few other quality additions, that should help propel Newcastle into a top ten contender or even higher next season.
That appears to be the plan – to add quality over quantity. The net outlay could be significantly less than what was spent in January when five players were brought in for around £90m as there will have to be players offloaded which could bring in some money.
Newcastle did not make enough room for the new signings as Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis, and Ciaran Clark remain at the club but are not part of the 25-man squad. Loan moves were found for Jeff Hendrick (QPR) and Freddie Woodman (Bournemouth).
Douglas is reporting that Hayden, Clark, Dwight Gayle, Karl Darlow, and Matt Ritchie will be made available this summer. Even if successful on these five, Newcastle will still need to find more room to avoid having a surplus.
Newcastle will reportedly listen to offers for Miguel Almiron and captain Jamaal Lascelles. Howe may prefer to keep them on board as he seems to really like both players. Though they may not get the amount of playing time they might desire next season.
There are also the senior players away on loan to consider. Hendrick and Woodman may not be in Howe’s plans for next season. Matty Longstaff recently turned 22 and another loan spell may be the best option for the local lad.
183 comments so far
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
May 3, 2022 at 2:18 PMComment #41
Bills makes a good point. Messi, Renaldo, Benzema etc. Win, then get the zimmers
May 3, 2022 at 2:23 PMComment #42
For me we spend big on Guimares types – players who have played some football at a good level and have the potential to be top in their positions.
With whatever is around in the budget beyond that, it can be manoeuvred to better valued players be they free transfer, older players etc
The big money on players who can peak with us and stay with us over a 5 year project, the rest is budget dependant. I’d love Mike Mignon, Botman, Tomori, Araons, Hinkley, Kamara, Diaby, Nunez, Paqueta all in one window but I doubt we can get there. We pick priorities and supplement with value
May 3, 2022 at 2:25 PMComment #43
Totally that mate, couldn’t agree more if i tried, so i won’t.
Aye…mid gas always been our problem, for me. Didn’t protect the drfense enough, didn’t hold tge vall rnough, didn’t supply the attack enough… it’s getting better…still needs work tho’.
May 3, 2022 at 2:26 PMComment #44
Sorry for the typos, see if ya can work out what i eas trying to get across… 😀
May 3, 2022 at 2:38 PMComment #45
I just hope that Eddie shows some ruthlessness, we have some players that although he may like just ain’t going to cut it if we have dreams of top six.
May 3, 2022 at 2:49 PMComment #46
Apparently pole position for Lingard and we are his preferred choice.
Milan, Juventus and us have declared an interest.
May 3, 2022 at 2:51 PMComment #47
On the age issue. This is nowhere near as crucial as it used to be “in the old days”. Professional conditioning coaches, correct diet and proper after injury care means that players can play to a really high level for longer than ever before. There are superstars still playing in CL and for their countries @ 35, 36 & 37 these days and goalies continue well into 40’s.
That’s not to say that I don’t want some super mid 20’s signings this Summer, just that it’s maybe not as critical as in the past.
Oh and Mund, I’m monitoring your use of the “old fart” and will be having a private word if you don’t cool it 😉 😀
Steve Carney's Super Smirk
May 3, 2022 at 2:58 PMComment #48
Happy enough to see some older, experienced and higher quality players come in for the short term – if they fit Eddie’s vision and improve on what we have.
It’s not so much a re-build as a new build and that will take time. I wonder if we need to have a new mindset when it comes to older players. If they improve us for a period until we can replace them we probably don’t have to worry about moving them on, if they retire or leave on a free I doubt the lack of incoming cash will be a big concern. Who was the French fella Fergie got (Blanc?) did a great job in different ways for them for a period of time and then retired IIRC – obviously that kind of deal depends on the individual (like Trippier, I bet he retires here.)
May 3, 2022 at 3:00 PMComment #49
I hope if we are after Lingard, it doesn’t mean we aren’t in for Paqueta. Would much much much prefer Paqueta. Don’t they essentially play in the same sort of role? Can’t imagine Lingard wanting to come and sit on the bench for another club, or Paqueta. But can’t see us signing both and fitting them both into the starting 11?
May 3, 2022 at 3:00 PMComment #50
just to back up on what mund said #46
May 3, 2022 at 3:03 PMComment #51
May 3, 2022 at 3:04 PMComment #52
See comment #29 regarding older players.
Nobody would have any issues whatsoever if we signed some quality older players who done a job for us.
It’s an issue if we can’t move our ones already in the squad that we want rid of. If we only move a few out, then bring more in, all we’ve done is pushed the hard job of moving players on this summer, back a window into next summer. It’s about a good balance and until we’ve sorted out the imbalance we currently already have, signing more old players will just add to that imbalance and it’ll be the same story every summer until we move away from signing older players for a little bit.
May 3, 2022 at 3:05 PMComment #53
May 3, 2022 at 3:06 PMComment #54
May 3, 2022 at 3:09 PMComment #55
anyone heard of him ?
May 3, 2022 at 3:12 PMComment #56
With Chelsea’s issues Newcastle interested in deal for Mason Mount.
What’s crazy is Newcastle united have links with Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mount, Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner, Ruben Loftus Cheek and Callum Hudson Odoi.
Six players linked from one club, crazy season here we go. But there are some on this list I would take if we could.
May 3, 2022 at 3:15 PMComment #57
I would never be including you in anything I ever said on here against anyone.
You are one of my favourite posters and I think that will probably go for a lot on here.
Always respectful and you’ve been a friend to me in times and I’ll always appreciate that.
Only love pal
May 3, 2022 at 3:16 PMComment #58
I’d love Mount mate. Great player and I’d like to have a few prominent English international stars in the squad.
May 3, 2022 at 3:22 PMComment #59
Mund, fair enough, just not too many derogatory remarks about Old farts as you know I’m a sensitive soul. 😆
May 3, 2022 at 3:26 PMComment #60
😆 aye I know mate 😉
May 3, 2022 at 3:29 PMComment #61
Sensitivity comes with old age Bob 😆
Tin helmet and running shoes on
May 3, 2022 at 3:29 PMComment #62
Interesting Mark Douglas lists 5 players on Transfer list + a possible further 2.
Shola claims, “slow and steady” rebuild with maybe 3 x quality additions.
Also a report saying “quality not quantity” incoming.
Seems all the reports from the club are the exact opposite of all the speculation in press.
May 3, 2022 at 3:31 PMComment #63
Darnik, my teeth are more sensitive than they used to be!
So these days my barks worse than my bite. 😀
May 3, 2022 at 3:35 PMComment #64
I know that one mate I can’t eat ice-cream like I used to lol
May 3, 2022 at 3:38 PMComment #65
I like the idea of slow and steady build except for one important issue.
To get where we want, we need to improve our squad by more than all the clubs around us.
So, in very course terms, if WestH, Leicester, Wolves etc spend £80M each. To get above them we need to up our squad by x + £80M in order to advance.
The big question is what is the value of x . How much do we need to spend to catch them now? + £80M to keep ahead of whatever they do. Interesting Summer ahead. 🙂
May 3, 2022 at 3:40 PMComment #66
Tom Allen’s goal yesterday in the 2-1 win vs Aston Villa
May 3, 2022 at 3:46 PMComment #67
Not necessarily mate.
It’s more than just who you bring in but tbh it’s not even a guarantee with whoever comes in. You need the structure around the club with the right people involved.
Look at Man U and how bad they have been this year and they spent a fortune last summer. I’d say that is one of the worst Man U teams in terms of how they have performed this season.
It’s about having the right philosophy on the pitch and off it. It’s all good having the players but sometimes they don’t have the right manager to guide them.
Take for example the January window and even tho we were the biggest spenders across Europe you and I both know it had more to do with Eddie Howe than anything we spent.
Everton another example that it doesn’t work just because you have money. Luckily enough pal we have the best of the best 😎
May 3, 2022 at 3:47 PMComment #68
It’s not always about the amount spent , it’s getting the right players that fit the system we play
Lots of team’s have spent big on player’s and it’s not worked out for the club’s or player’s 🙂
May 3, 2022 at 3:47 PMComment #69
Bob! You know what they say about fine wine!
May 3, 2022 at 3:48 PMComment #70
Or what mund said :l:
May 3, 2022 at 3:48 PMComment #71
May 3, 2022 at 3:49 PMComment #72
Was about to say the exact same but obviously what you said 😀
May 3, 2022 at 3:50 PMComment #73
My missus calls me a fine wine…..
Always when she wants something… hmmm
Benjamin Button I am 😉
May 3, 2022 at 3:52 PMComment #74
Anyway that’s enough football talk from me , I’m feeling dizzy 🙂
May 3, 2022 at 3:54 PMComment #75
May 3, 2022 at 3:54 PMComment #76
Mund, yeah, I agree, I think we’ll splash some cash on a Striker and probably the £15M for Targett. I’m positive we’ll spend on a new, younger CB and I suspect Bruno’s mate.
After that it’s going to be a couple of freebies + some investment in youth operations.
In my opinion we got close to a 25% increase in output from existing players after Eddie came in. If we can tweak where we need the extra quality + rely on the coaching to maintain or improve their current levels, we could get to where the owners want.
To get a squad to rival Liverpool or Man C though will take 3-4 years.
May 3, 2022 at 3:55 PMComment #77
Yes Mount is 100% worth looking into.
I know some may think this crazy but I think Timo is worth a look.
I know he hasn’t been prolific at Chelsea but his speed and maybe a change to Eddie’s style would reap the benefits.
May 3, 2022 at 3:56 PMComment #78
You mention a few good older players and you could add Sheringham, Matthaus, Matthews to that list, but they were from a different era. These days players are running almost half marathons out there, and are athletes. In the 90s you had the likes of Le Tissier who barely ran but was great. In the 70s you could play drunk. These days it’s very hard for players to go much further than 30, central defenders being the exception. Pushing the body to speed and endurance limits takes its toll on the body, and after 30 these niggles build up and recovery is slower. Pugalot mentioned the obvious exceptions Ronaldo, Messi, Benzema, but when you’re that much better than the rest losing 20% is OK. Even then Messi only got about 2 league goals this year. So the guys who were midtable level in their prime are extremely unlikely to remain premiership quality much past 30.
May 3, 2022 at 3:58 PMComment #79
I concur mate but I think with regards to catching up it will be a year or so earlier 😎
I’d just love to see us up in the top half comfortably and going far in the cups and who knows maybe winning one!
May 3, 2022 at 4:00 PMComment #80
Timo could benefit from being the main guy, rather than just one of many superstars. Personally, I’d avoid him. Goals in Germany seem easy to come by.