Eddie Howe has given his press conference for tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace. The lads return home after three away matches. The looming question is the fitness of the squad’s stars Callum Wilson, Bruno Guimaraes, and Allan Saint-Maximin.
While Callum is still out, both Guimaraes and Saint-Maximin are close to returning. This is what Howe said per the club’s Twitter account:
“Bruno and Maxi are close. They weren’t serious injuries but we’ll wait and see whether they’re available for this weekend.”
Bruno has missed the last two while Allan was out for the heartbreaking defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday. New signing Alexander Isak Came into the team to make a memorable debut with a class finish.
Howe has been very pleased with the 22-year-old, who was unveiled just one week ago. Howe has given the following update on Isak’s first week:
“The players have taken to him. He’s quite quiet and he’s going about his business in a professional way – he’s very focused.
“He’s asking questions about how we want to play and what’s required of him – he’s been excellent.
“I think that showed in his performance on Wednesday. It was one of really good tactical understanding in a very short time he delivered what we wanted him to do.
“He showed his ability and the second goal that wasn’t given especially was incredible.”
Isak was our fourth and final signing of the summer window. The four additions have already had their impact on the club. Newcastle were able to move out enough players so that nobody will be left behind unregistered.
Here is Howe’s assessment of the window:
“A very good window for us, I think. From my side, I had a clear vision of what I wanted it to be and it’s never perfect but from the board down everyone’s given their all to create the best squad possible.
“I found the window to be very difficult this year – it was very long. I’m pleased it’s shut and we can concentrate on the football. I’m very pleased with the squad that’s there.”
194 comments so far
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:19 PMComment #121
Yup, then they don’t even need time added. Injuries, foul or ball out of play, the 4th official or whoever currently calculating the extra time added pause the timer. Game end at the last attack of the 45/90mins.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:20 PMComment #122
I’m speculating but I think everyone wants to see more goals in games.
By giving the attacker the benefit of the doubt you’ll get this.
With the Isak decision we had two players facing the opposite directions with their limbs in different directions, body weight and momentum in different directions.
Theres also the frame chosen to make the decision, fractions of a second make all the difference.
They used to say clear daylight, now its nuts how tight these decisions are.
The sensible thing would be to have a grey zone that the attacker always got the benefit in.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:26 PMComment #123
Full Eddie press conference.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:26 PMComment #124
I thought at the time the decision was odd.
They didn’t take long to make it and if you blinked you missed the screen shot they put up.
I’ve seen others take a good few minutes.
Was Aldridge or Dagleish on VAR?
Probably was the right decision, came across as a bit off, in the past now.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:27 PMComment #125
Exactly mate, lets everyone watching know that the timers been paused, gives clear indication of when the ref has decided to pause it so can be questioned if his decisions are strange, eliminates the need for refs to decide on an individual basis when they should end the match depending on if there’s a dangerous attack or not and makes much more sense to pause it as the game goes instead of trying to add up the time at the end?
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:29 PMComment #126
By giving the attacker the benefit of the doubt defeat the purpose of offside though, which in the first place don’t want the attackers to have a headstart.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:29 PMComment #127
Think it was maybe Wenger who suggested offside using VAR should only be determined by the players feet position. So if the attackers feet are behind or inline with the defenders, it’s fine even if say their head is clearly in front of the defender.
Makes perfect sense to me and don’t know why they decided against that. Would make decisions much easier and get rid of the stupid decisions decided by someones shoulder leaning slightly ahead of a defenders knee.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:29 PMComment #128
Mund, Jail and Fenham.
Good to have you back on the blog and good posts too. Keep it up. We have lots of positives going on with our team. Lots to look forward to. There will always be trouble makers on the blog and I’m trying my best to ignore them. Overall our additions have been good. For me 8 out of 10.
Let’s keep things positive and polite everyone. No point calling anyone names it just adds fuel to the fire.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:30 PMComment #129
I’m a fan of controversy and and talking points
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:30 PMComment #130
Personally I didn’t think we’d have the big clubs worrying about us so soon but they are starting to realise the monster that is upon them.
The whole world have no idea what’s coming. This fanbase the greatest in the land and across the waters will become an absolute powerhouse of unimaginable proportions
I said many times during the takeover saga that with Staveley, Ghodoussi the Reubens and the powerhouse of PIF, combined with our amazing fans will take over the world!
The black and white barmy army will march across world!
We will cement our names down in history!
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:32 PMComment #131
Current rule disadvantage lanky players too, pretty sure their knees with be further forward than shorter player.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:32 PMComment #132
You’d still get that with fouls 😉
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:33 PMComment #133
Need to take our anger out on a bang average palace team tomorrow, in front of a rocking SJP. now is the time to make a statement and beat these 5-0. we need to beating teams like palace if we want to go anywhere in this league.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:33 PMComment #134
Fresh positive approach
Needed to find that lad again
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:33 PMComment #135
Not to mention it’s only natural to be leaning towards the opposition goal when you’re looking to run in behind. Completely disadvantages you if you have to stand still and upright when the ball is played and then sprint after it’s been played to you haha leaning forward is a completely natural position if you’re running that way.
Raj of Hailsley
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:33 PMComment #136
I’ve been saying that about the feet for ages now.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:35 PMComment #137
Regarding incoming loans, what players left on loan that we should have been in the mix for? CHO was one but maybe he wanted to go abroad or Chelsea wanted him to go abroad. Also, maybe Howe didn’t want him. The likes of Pulisic, Gallagher, and Broja didn’t go anywhere as far as I know did they? So it’s not as if it’s a conspiracy against us and they went to Leicester or West Ham instead.
If I was in charge of Man Utd, Arsenal, or Spurs, then I wouldn’t want to loan a player to Newcastle anyway. Why strengthen a rival who could potentially beat you to a European place. I still think it’s a longshot but it’s possible.
Conversely, I think it’s a little odd that Dubs went to Man Utd but I think they’re big favourites to finish above us this season anyway so I can’t see Dubs making the difference there. And I think he was pushing hard for that specific move, Howe’s comments seem to indicate the move was player driven rather than from him or any other staff at Newcastle.
Raj of Hailsley
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:35 PMComment #138
Why thank you, did you say Fenham, I could have sworn blind I haven’t seen him about for a while 😳
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:36 PMComment #139
Makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Mad to rule a goal out because someone shoulder is 3 inches leaning ahead of a defenders foot. That’s just a natural lean towards where you’re running.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:37 PMComment #140
I don’t mind too much what the VAR rule is as long as it’s consistent. I’d be quite happy if it changed to feet only as that would make things simpler. I still thing you’d get some people complaining that a played was offside when a player’s head is a foot beyond a defender’s feet.
Raj of Hailsley
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:38 PMComment #141
Adamn_92, fair enough if he scores with his head but these laws need revised with the advent of new technology.
The Last Jedi
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:42 PMComment #142
Leeds got Gnonto why didn’t we go for him
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:42 PMComment #143
Jail and TDS
Yeah if it was only feet that counted towards it and somebody scored with their head, you’d understand fans being annoyed if it was scored against them. But, if that was the rule and everyone knew it was the rule then it’s fair game across the board.
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:42 PMComment #144
This was my thoughts exactly I think the meeting with Chelseas owners was coincidence not about getting players
Saying that I wondered why we didn’t try get a a promising player from Juventus, Barca etc on loan ? Maybe those clubs didn’t really want to deal with us either mind you
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:42 PMComment #145
Eddie is a lovely orator.
So different from before, always informative and sensible.
Never gets carried away and considers his answers.
He ouzes class.
I used to think Sir Bobby was the last gentleman in football, we’ve another in Eddie.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:43 PMComment #146
Wow. I didn’t know that Man City made a transfer profit this summer. Incredible business! That’s what we need to be doing in a few years. Sell very good players for big money to teams that need them and sign even better players for good value who really want to join us.
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:44 PMComment #147
Jail, take that 1st hill slowly, then accelerate.
Beat 2 Hours and I will donate the same again
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:45 PMComment #148
LCBP – I don’t see why they wouldn’t deal with us but normally they want their player to get a lot of minutes. Considering our squad, it would have been tough to sign a young player from another league and expect them to get a lot of minutes. Would make more sense to loan them to a team where they’d start.
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:46 PMComment #149
Adam – it’s consistent now. Offside is any part of the body that can play the ball. Not sure why some fans get upset to be honest, as long as the decision is correct and fair based on the rules.
Raj of Hailsley
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:48 PMComment #150
Appreciate that but can’t get ten miles under an hour forty so have found my pace, knocking a couple of minutes off a PB is achievable, not ten or fifteen minutes
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:49 PMComment #151
Possibly could be for me I am quite happy to let Anderson try out this season to be that youngsters for us
He’s got something about him and he’s homegrown would be great if he became a mainstay in the squad
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:50 PMComment #152
When Wenger talks people should listen.
I don’t see a couple of inches as a head start, offside is to stop mooching as we used to call it.
Players standing in the opposition 6 yard box for 90 mins, doing a Lineker.
I do get what you mean, you don’t want to give to much of a advantage.
With Isak there was no advantage even if he was fractionally offside, he then had to beat two players to score.
He still had all the work to do, poor lad, excellent debut though!
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:54 PMComment #153
LCBP – that’s another thing. Why bring in a youngster on loan from abroad in Anderson’s position? Far better to blood our own player and benefit either from him staying and being a great player for us or being sold for decent money at some point. Great to see homegrown talent coming through too. I just believe in any conspiracy, especially because Pulisic, Gallgher and Broja didn’t go anywhere after all…
Charlie in the Gallowgate
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:56 PMComment #154
Maybe the 12 that wanted to breakaway have some kind of unwritten pack not to sell their best players to any other club but between themselves
Don’t want anyone else to join ‘their club/league when they try and resurrect the idea again
Sep 2, 2022 at 1:59 PMComment #155
Regarding injury time, I think the American system is to stop the clock for each injury and then restart it when the ball is pack in play. Meaning the half/game is over when the visible clock hits 45/90. Very clear and visible for any fans watching but traditionalists wouldn’t like that over here.
I know the football authorities are also looking at ways to have the ball in play more and have less time wasting. I think they’ve even discussed having the 2 halves of 30 minutes each but time only counts when the ball is actually in play. Meaning time wasting would be a lot harder to do! Players would have to do it with the ball, i.e. run it down to the corner flag. Again, traditionalists don’t like that.
Sep 2, 2022 at 2:01 PMComment #156
Regarding “Time Wasting”
Why doesn’t Football have an appointed “Time Keeper” as they do in Ice Hockey. The ref on the pitch could indicate CLEARLY if any additional minutes for “Time Wasting” were needed to be added on after any delays. Any delays under one minute to be discounted.
Two Minutes could be two fingers 🙂 or 5 mins
Sep 2, 2022 at 2:01 PMComment #157
Or they stop the clock for delays and restart when the ball is back in play….
Sep 2, 2022 at 2:02 PMComment #158
Five fingers = Five minutes!
Sep 2, 2022 at 2:03 PMComment #159
VAR and extra time will always be subject to referees bias one way or the other. I would like to see the offside rule changed to feet only. Less chance of getting it wrong. A couple of the suggestions regarding extra time warrant a good think. Anything to make it fair and eliminate any bias will be a positive step.
Sep 2, 2022 at 2:03 PMComment #160
The fourth official works out the stoppage time.
The time indicated on the board is the minimum and its at the refs discretion to add any extra time to the extra time.
Unless it’s Fergie time, then you play until the team in red scores a winner.