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New Magpie Forced To Adapt Quickly As Howe Has Decisions To Make For Saturday



Eddie Howe has a few selection headaches ahead of Saturday’s season-opening match against Nottingham Forest. Two of those involve new signings Nick Pope and Sven Botman. One of the glaring questions to be answered is have they done enough to unseat Martin Dubravka and Dan Burn.

The jury is still out on whether they have but Howe may provide a clue during his press conference tomorrow. While these are difficult decisions, one positive is Howe cannot go wrong with whoever he selects as Botman, Burn, Dubravka, and Pope all seem up to the task.

As Nick Pope recently did with The Athletic, Botman has provided an interview to Craig Hope in The Mail. Pope revealed that Eddie Howe gave him no assurances he would be the automatic number one, which Botman will have also been told.

The situation is very different between the two players. Pope is a Premier League veteran with over 140 appearances under his belt. Botman, at just 22, is still getting acclimated to life in England, and all that entails.

During his interview, Sven revealed his surprise at the intensity level during training under his new manager. Here is some of what he told Hope:

“I certainly need to adapt!. There is a big difference here. Yeah, I was a bit surprised.

“I knew the tempo in the Premier League was high, but training as well?

“There is no rest between drills. It is, “Go, go, go”. Everything is 200 per cent. But that’s a good thing. The manager is clear what he demands from us.

“If we want to reach that level, we have to demand a lot from ourselves.”

We should see a very different side take the pitch on Saturday as compared to the start of last season when fitness levels proved to be sub-standard. Howe has made it a priority since day one to be one of the fittest squads in the league.

Hopefully, that will help provide a quick start out of the gate. Newcastle have a couple of winnable matches to start the campaign – at home against Forest and away to Brighton – before a difficult stretch including Manchester City at home then away trips to Wolves and Liverpool.

The window will then slam shut after those five matches. How they go could play a major role in who comes through the door. The club are committed to adding two attackers by September, though have so far not been able to land priority targets.

Expectations for the season will be tentatively high, especially if a marquee forward is added. While Howe will likely not give away his aims for this season, Botman had no qualms with putting Newcastle’s name in the race for a place in Europe saying:

“It is no longer a club just trying to stay in the Premier League”

“It’s a club with a big plan. They want to reach the top. That’s why I’m here.

“Europe is definitely a goal this season. I believe we can achieve that. I just hope people don’t already have it in mind that we’ll finish top four. You need time, it is step by step.”

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111 comments so far

  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #81

    A f@#£ load of stuff must line up for deals to get done. Specially if there’s history of outstanding deals.
    Also, like music contracts, they just get more involved as rights, oay, sell ons, add ons become ever more known.
    Sigh!

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  • DKillers

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #82

    Clint, just happening on my iPhone…using safari, which I know is weak. Not overly interested in using a new browser…just wishing the redirects would stop. As others have said, it doesn’t happen with any other website I frequent.

    I wanted to state that if we wanted Cornet, he was easy move. The cost certainty was there to make the negotiation simple enough.

    Hopefully, Rodgers talking about needing to balance the books is a good sign. After all of the rumors and media reports, where there is smoke, there has been fire (Botman, Bruno, Ekitike, etc.). We need Maddison to be a Bruno-Botman outcome and not an Ekitike outcome.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #83

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/eddie-howe-newcastle-united-cornet-24672462

    “…after name ‘put forward’ to Eddie, last week… ”

    Target, indeed?

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  • Toonces

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #84

    It seems that for the players who would become transfers that might be in contention for our first 11 Eddie Howe is trying to emphasize and prioritize that they should be proven in the Premier League. So the links with Calvert-Lewin, Harrison, Cornet and Maddison seem to be favored over a Paqueta, or so it has seemed with the reported links.

    There has been the reported approach for Diaby, but they see him as a near world class talent.

    For me the heavy emphasis on Premier League experience was more important in January when we were fighting for survival and did not have time for players to settle in. For the new season, we do have time and we can take more looks outside the Prem. So Paqueta and Sesko for me 🙂

    Howay the Lads!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #85

    DK

    Fair rnough, on the browser issue.
    Add block on safari? From app store?

    BR/lcfc are putting stuff out, but it’s rarely as it seems, is it?

    Translation required!?!

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  • Davas

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #86

    Maybe BR is preparing the fans for an imminent announcement of a departure.
    🙂

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #87

    DK

    I use opera on ifone, seems ok.
    Safari ain’t give too many problems so far…but i use add block.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #88

    Davas
    Maybe iump before pushed?

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  • DrGloom

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #89

    TDS – Yeah, Lingard was another one we were supposed to be in for and allegedly balked at his wages – given Forest are ‘only’ paying him 80k a week (+addons) I doubt we were even in for him. I presume that whole 200k a week story was another twitter fabricated load of bollocks

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  • Davas

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #90

    Clint

    I was thinking more of a Maddison departure 🙂

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  • DeanToon88

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #91

    Can almost guarantee that irritating little shit lingaard ends up having a blinder against us, or we just snap his leg and inure him for the rest of the season 🙂

    his snidey childish little face and behaviour just makes my blood boil

    1
  • DKillers

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #92

    Thanks for the feedback, Clint.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #93

    Davas

    I figured, but, ya know…it could be his departure, too.
    It just seems a very unconvincing set of circumstances, yea?

    You could be bang on there, mate.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #94

    I think Bruno and Joe will see to him early on and test his resolve. 😉

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #95

    DK

    Sweet mate.
    It can be a right pita, hey?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #96

    DKillers, I use ad blocker on Safari, no problems or ads, perfect.

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  • Pottsclock

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #97

    Although Lingard’s wages may be competitively low I bet he’s on a significant bonus package if Forest stay in the EPL, a probably has a relegation clause in his contract should the worst happen to Forest.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #98

    DrGloom – I think there was enough in January that we can assume we were in for him then but not much to suggest we went back for him this summer I think.

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  • Romford mag

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #99

    Then he’s gotta get past botman! 😉

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #100

    Tried Opera and it was OK for a while, but you had to keep re booting it every now and then to remind it you wanted the ad free version. Got fed up, loaded adblocker, sorted.

    1
  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #101

    Rom
    And either trippier or target!

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #102

    Mund I’m lost bud, I’m popping in and out so mot reading everything. Whatchya mean?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #103

    Cbob

    On ifone or mac?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #104

    Rom, you’re right we’ve a much sterner back line from midfield through to goal than we had the last time he lined up against us. Can’t see him getting the freedom of SJP these days. 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #105

    IPad Clint.

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  • coming home

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #106

    You have to feel sorry for Lingard when he walks out at SJP and thinks what if..

    3
  • Davas

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #107

    Clint

    Yeah he could be laying the foundations for him leaving too.

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 4, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #108

    Martoon

    Final League Position – 6th
    Final no. of points – 59
    Goals Scored (Premiership) – 60
    League Cup round – semi
    FA Cup round – quarter
    Player of the Season – Bruno
    Top goal scorer – Wilson
    No. of goals scored by TGS – 14

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 4, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #109

    Didn’t realize leeds had signed so many players for decent money!….they dont seem to have bother get deals done….nee clue what these players are like tbh

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  • Jp Mayor

    Aug 4, 2022 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #110

    Don’t think we were ever after Cornet. Eddie said as much when he was left out of the burnley squad “nothing to do with us” or something of that ilk. Look at the players we’re going for. The top talents of each team around or directly above us. Targett player of the season previously for villa, pope England goalie, Botman, burn, trips. Safe to say we’re after quality that will improve us like Maddison. I’d expect younger players under 26 yrs that will grow and improve with us from here on out me thinks

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  • SirBobbytheGreat

    Aug 4, 2022 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #111

    Cornet walks into our team. He’d be the best player.

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