Newcastle have addressed the defense this window with the additions of Matt Targett on a permanent basis, goalkeeper Nick Pope, and marquee signing Sven Botman at center-back. The focus will soon shift to the final third in the hopes of adding goals to the squad.
One instant boost would be if Callum Wilson manages to stay fit for the bulk of the upcoming season. Wilson has been Newcastle’s top scorer for each of the last two campaigns despite missing long spells through injury.
The Mirror is reporting that Wilson will soon enter new contract talks with his current deal set to expire in just two years. This could be Wilson’s final chance at a bumper contract as passed the age of 30 earlier this year.
Eddie Howe remains an admirer of Wilson, who he also managed at Bournemouth. He is keen on tying the striker down long-term. Wilson’s return from a four-month injury this past May reminded everyone of his value to the team. A full season from Callum could see Newcastle fighting for a place in Europe.
Howe will still look to bring in more options up front and lessen the load on Wilson. So far, the window has proven extremely frustrating with the collapsed move for Hugo Ekitike and inflated quotes for other targets like Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
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266 comments so far
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:07 PMComment #1
Is this the right room for an argument.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:09 PMComment #2
Previous thread mate, all good on this one 🙂
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:09 PMComment #3
Nah, that was two posts back I think. This is the new era on the blog. Enjoy!
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:13 PMComment #4
Is it safe to come out to play?
On the subject of transfers I reckon things will die down for a couple of weeks and then a little burst with 2 or 3 in quick succession. Defo need a striker to lighten the load for Wilson and winger / creative player.
The Prince's Mate
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:14 PMComment #5
YOU lookin at ME?
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:15 PMComment #6
I’m glad of that. This is a very good blog when people keep to soccer items and respect other posters opinions.
The Prince's Mate
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:15 PMComment #7
It’s my ball I want it back…
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:16 PMComment #8
Not sure I’d be offering Wilson a new contract this summer. I’d want to see him get a good few games under his belt and show that he’s put his injury problems behind him before a new deal is put on the table.
Plus his age is against him. Injuries can linger longer and be harder to shake at his age. I’m sure we could move him on next summer if he’s struggling again this season.
To be clear, I like the lad. He definitely knows where the goal is and doesn’t seem to cause any bother in the dressing room. It’s just his injury record that concerns me. We need players on the pitch, not in the treatment room.
check the toastie
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:17 PMComment #9
Anyone fancy a pint?
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:19 PMComment #10
Can’t see us rushing into contract talks with Wilson. 30 year old still with 2 year on his current deal? I imagine we will be a completely different animal in 2 years time
The Mighty Quinn
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:20 PMComment #11
Personally I would hope we upgrade on Wilson next summer, or whoever comes in this summer makes the step up during the season and we get another good young un next summer. Because as sure as night follows day Wilson will have an injury lay off this season.
check the toastie
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:20 PMComment #12
Think he’s a great lad to have around Wilson. Comes across as a real leader. Injuries aside, think its a no brainer to have him here for a couple more year. Think he could get 20+ this season. He’s consistently scored goals in poorish prem sides so in a good one he could be gravy
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:20 PMComment #13
Here’s what the FPL H2H divisions look like, with ten up, ten down implemented…
The Mighty Quinn
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:21 PMComment #14
Check yes, a few would be nice.
check the toastie
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:22 PMComment #15
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:22 PMComment #16
Who knows. I think the club are working on getting new players in on a daily basis. They’re probably meeting regularly to reassess where they’re at after getting rejections and then focusing on new targets.
I think a deal could happen tomorrow just as likely as it could next week. It all depends on if the conditions are right.
If a club knows it has a quality player who wants away then can either try to hang onto him for as long as they can, or get a good price as soon as possible so they have time to find a replacement. So many variables and each club conducts its transfer business differently.
check the toastie
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:22 PMComment #17
Never heard of him…
Nicky the ball tosser
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:23 PMComment #18
Depends on how much money he wants and how well the medical team assess his fitness. You need 3 centre forwards. He’s the main man now, and definitely very good, but in two years, he’d probably be second fiddle, and in 3 or 4, third, but that can still be very valuable to us.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:25 PMComment #19
Agree Scythe. Give him till January to assess his fitness. If all good offer him 18 month extension
Quality striker when fit
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:26 PMComment #20
Wor B – how come I didn’t make the cut for a H2H League??
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:27 PMComment #21
And what the fook has happened today for a big notice about personal abuse and the admins having to get involved?? What have you lot been up to?
I’ve said it before, and I may need to email the Harrisons about it, but this blog needs a simple code of conduct that everyone can read. Break it and you’re suspended for a period, break it 3 times and you’re banned.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:29 PMComment #22
Cheers for that! I saved the final league standings for both leagues and I’ll figure out a way to get the relevant codes to all parties.
If anyone in your list of league one players doesn’t sign up by a certain deadline (I’ll try and keep that open for as long as possible) then I’ll have to bump up the next highest person from your league two list. I can’t put the second League together until I’ve fully filled League one, if that makes sense?
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:32 PMComment #23
I think they would look much better in alphabetical order 😀
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:34 PMComment #24
Those names that Wor B posted are everyone that played in the H2H from last season. Assuming everyone rejoins that’s what this season’s leagues will look like.
If anyone drops out I’ll open up places to new people and if it’s really popular then I’ll open up a third league.
I think we were mainly focused on people who regularly (or semi-regularly) post on the blog so we can have some (friendly) banter. We had a bunch of people last season in there who I’d never heard of before on the blog!
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:34 PMComment #25
Thank you Neil and Ed for the reminder about blog behaviour. This is the blog I read most days to keep up to date or just see what’s happening, even the it’s can be fun. However, I have been despairing at the inability of a few bloggers to refrain from insults and/or threats. So, thank you.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:36 PMComment #26
I would have agreed with you if my name was aardvarkNUFC, but with my current name I don’t like your idea at all! 😀
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:38 PMComment #27
TDS @ 21….damn right !!!
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:39 PMComment #28
Scythe – gotcha! Makes sense. I’m 100% in for next season, whether that’s taking a space in the first 2 leagues or joining a 3rd and working my way up.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:39 PMComment #29
Unless you have been hiding under a Bush the Harrisons have got more on their plate than anyone on here..
They should not have to intervene at all!
People should act their age and stop the sarcastic comments that get way out of hand, its like being back at school..
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:41 PMComment #30
Also…swear words and insulting names used to be caught by the filter. That seems to have gone down the chute in the last couple of years.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:41 PMComment #31
TDS @21 – to cut a long story short Jail has decided to leave the blog and asked admin to suspend his account.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:43 PMComment #32
I had a detailed discussion with Jail last week on how the gaps should be filled.
My take is to move everyone up in each Div for every gap created by a drop-out.
Then fill the empty slots at the bottom of Div2 with applicants who were in Ed’s main league with the best scores first.
The rest will hopefully make up a 3rd Div.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:43 PMComment #33
Ben Jacobs with Steve Wraith this evening well worth watching HWTL
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:44 PMComment #34
Me too for next season please.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:45 PMComment #35
Wor B @13 – thanks for reminding me that I was relegated last season 😉
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:45 PMComment #36
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:45 PMComment #37
Thanks Magicmac54, will listen now bro!
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:47 PMComment #38
Did you play last season? The H2H is the only part of it that needs closed invites, the main Ed Harrison league is open to absolutely anyone. If we don’t end up with enough for a third league you’ll still be able to play in the main league. We had over 150 people in that league last year and about the same the year before if I recall.
We could also set up a Scottish style league of only ten teams for the third division if we fall short and people are willing to do that. We’ll see how it goes…
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:47 PMComment #39
Re. League position.
Don’t see how we can predict final position as it depends on how well other teams do as well as ourselves.
I’m expecting 70 points, wherever that gets us, I’ll still deem it successful, with the project moving forward.
Jul 3, 2022 at 7:48 PMComment #40
Captain – plenty of blogs have codes of conduct and admins/moderators who can deal with breaches when they’re reported.