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Howe Has A Decision To Make As New Signing Makes His Case



Newcastle fans got their first glimpse of Sven Botman in person during yesterday’s 2-1 win over Athletic Club. The center-back continued his fine pre-season with another composed display in which he showed why Eddie Howe was so keen to get him on board.

Howe has some selection dilemmas ahead of the season opener against Nottingham Forest next weekend. The battle between Dan Burn and Botman to partner Fabian Schar could be the most difficult one.

Newcastle were excellent defensively against both Atalanta on Friday and Athletic Club yesterday. It seems Howe may have had his preferred backline playing against the Italians in Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Burn, and Matt Targett.

However, it could be difficult keeping Botman on the bench after what he’s shown this pre-season. It’s going to be interesting to see who lines up against Forest in six days.

Eddie Howe has been very impressed with his new defender and believes he is ready for the Premier League. Howe said the following about Botman as published in The Northern Echo after yesterday’s win over Athletic Club:

“He’s done very well during pre-season. I’d say today was a snapshot of how he’s been – very composed on the ball, an excellent distributor, short and long. I thought he defended very well.

“He was good aerially and good defending balls in behind. I thought it was a very composed display. He’s showing the characteristics of what he’ll bring to the defense.

“Is he ready? Of course he is. But there’s competition for places, and that’s now probably my biggest dilemma from the two games – trying to pick one eleven.”

Howe will have a general idea of what his preferred eleven is. Though it’s going to be very harsh on a handful of Magpies next weekend. The competition in the midfield, at center-back, and goalkeeper will be one that could go down to the wire.


142 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Numero uno

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Botman is fit, part of the team culture and raring to go.
    He’s had pre-season match time.
    He came here to play.
    We bought him to play.
    Shelvey is injured.
    We have Forest at home not Liverpool away.

    He plays

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Three hit

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Bloody hell must be coffee time across the land

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Famous Five

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Slimy six

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Secret seven

    0
  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    After Eight

    2
  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #9

    I too would go for Botman against forest. He looked to be one of the fittest players yesterday. A total collosus. Play him.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Nein
    How is this posible

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Schar looked good on Friday as well. So I’d play him in the right Centreback role.

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    C’nest poseeb.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Vask
    Crafty interloper
    I was on a role there
    Disrupted my flow

    Yep, play Botman, Bruno and Joe

    Sets a marker, start as we mean to go on

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Discuss.

    Dog walking time

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Burn did a job for the team last season at a critical time, but Botman is the future. He has to play.

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Oh I’m a disrupter, so I am.

    Well I think our best 11 is quite clear judging on preseason. I may be tempted to put Anderson in the misfield 3 with Bruno and Apollinaro. Probly won’t happen but I think Anderson performed better than Lobby and willock in the games I saw over the summer.

    4
  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    I think with Anderson, Joelinton and Bruno in the middle our ball retention in tight situations would be quite good.

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    All have good dribbling, turning and vision. So quick triangle with a through ball for Miggy ASM and Wilson ? goal!

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  • outside the box

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    repost
    positives and negatives from friendlies ..positive two good keepers dubs and pope
    trippier and target with krafth as backup for fbacks
    schar and botman with burns as backup
    bruno and joe centre midfield ….longstaff/shelvey poss anderson
    almiron and maxi…poss anderson /murphy as wide midfield
    wilson striker…
    negatives …need defensive midfielder to fit in with bruno and joe
    need striker as cover for wilson ..cornet?..
    need to qualify for europe…to keep bruno and botman (hope a huge release is in their contracts)

    2
  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    The goal to finish the move scored by Anderson obviously.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Burn can provide cover at LB which makes you wonder how Dummet will fit in the squad.

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #22

    I think that Dummet will be 2nd choice LB and burn the covering 3rd if Lewis never becomes fit.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m in the Div 3 H2H. Looking forward to it. Thanks for sorting WorB and Neil.

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    I think Lewis has a massive job ahead of him if he wants a future at Newcastle. He has some good attributes but his injury record is becoming alarming.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Man Utd linked with Sesko. He’s got 2/2 thisvseason for Salzburg. If he keeps that up he’ll be worth double. If we can buy him now and leave him there a year.

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  • scott

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Martoon

    My bash at this

    Final League Position = 8th
    No of Points = 59
    Goals Scored =60
    League Cup Entry 5th round
    FA Cup Entry 5 = 6th Round
    Player of the Season = Bruno
    Top Goal Scorer = Wilson
    Number of Goals scored by TGS = 16

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  • Great White Hunter

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Morning all, Enjoyed the match first time a St James for over 12 year, especially the first half, second half ran out of steam. Quite disappointed with ground, walked around the whole ground as got there at 1.00, grandson got a photo with Calum Wilson standing in the players entrance awaiting his wife and daughters coming up the stairs etc….. The ground definitely, IMO, needs loads of work to be done, even inside the concourse, it just seen a lick of paint, that’s in the East stand. Can’t think PIF will be happy as it stands for this to be their show piece stadium etc…. we were only 2 rows from the front, all the players warmed up a few yards from us, some good photos taken. Close up we,ve got some big,big lads playing for us, we should,not be letting in set pieces, corners ,IMO. We definitely look 100% fitter than previously and I love the quick passing especially out of defence, just seems to break down when it goes up front, but we all know that. Cheers. GWH

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  • Vask

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Zhon

    Sounds like a plan to secure his services for the future. It all depends if Howe thinks he can slot him in/train him up to his system.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #29

    See they have the standing room area ready for away supporters – still up in the Gods

    2
  • Davas

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Didn’t think it was a bad thing that Bilbao were on top after they brought on fresh players. It would have helped the players overall fitness and good practice for holding on to a lead

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Sir Bobby Robson nostalgia

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fk114FpzJ4

    Remember to grab the tissues…

    The GOAT! Never to be seen again

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  • snowdone

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Dubravka over Pope, Botman plus Schar, the Brazilians plus Willock, Almiron, Wilson and ASM. 5 main subs : Burn, Kraft, Anderson, Fraser and Murphy.
    Tripper and Targett at fullback. Use of subs will be interesting early in the season, as we were certainly tiring in second half. I do know we were up against fresher legs in the friendlies.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #33

    martoon
    Here are my 2022/23 predictions

    Final League Position = 7th?
    No of Points = 58
    Goals Scored = 59?
    League Cup = Semi Final
    ?FA Cup = Qtr Final?
    Player of the Season = Bruno?
    Top Goal Scorer = Wilson?
    Number of Goals scored by TGS = 15

    1
  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Hmmm, don’t know where the question marks came from….some residue of cut and paste…

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Lots of very interesting players being considered. The difference this season however, is that Dan Ashworth and his team are working hard behind the scenes to actually sign some of them! It’s not just blowing hot air as in previous seasons!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #36

    If they’re fit, I’d be very surprised if Tripper, Targett, Botman, Bruno, Joelinton, ASM and Wilson don’t start. I think the places at GK, CB, CM and RW are up for grabs though. Suspect Almiron has done enough in pre-season at RW and Schar is the best option alongside Botman but not sure about GK or the 3rd option in midfield.

    Nice to be talking about the Forest game finally.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Have the twin towers played alongside?

    That’s probably the best with Targett and Trip FBS

    MF Willock, Joel Bruno.

    Attack Almiron, Wilson, ASM.

    Still, remember, five subs, this isn’t about best 11 anymore.

    Three points registered.

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  • Davas

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    Here are my predictions for this season:

    Final League Position – 6th
    Final no. of points – 60
    Goals Scored (Premiership) – 61
    League Cup round (2 = Entry, 7 = Final) – 7
    FA Cup round (3 = Entry, 8 = Final) – 6
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Anderson
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Miggy
    No. of goals scored by TGS – 15

    Many thanks.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Keeper not a given anymore. Pope.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Jul 31, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #40

    If all else fails would anybody consider a dirt cheap bid for Ayoze Perez?He’s only got a year left on contract. In the equivalent of 5 league games last season he got 2 goals and 3 assists. He’d be cheap which would mean we could keep money for a top younger striker in January or next season, rather that p*ss all our money up the wall on some average plodder just because we are desperate for backup for Wilson. Cornet is just a half-decent left winger who isn’t a patch on ASM so would likely be a waste of 20m.

    Personally I prefer to go for a loan, plus buy either Sesko, Gabidol, or another youngish one. Even Broja on loan would do.

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