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Howe Finding Ways To Keep His Defenders Involved

With Emil Krafth out of action for six to nine months, Newcastle potentially face an issue at right-back should Kieran Trippier pick up an injury. The club tried to add West Ham’s Harrison Ashby on deadline day but the Hammers wanted to part with their academy product.

The 20-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and sans a new one, West Ham may be more open to selling the right-back in January. He’s certainly one to watch over the next few months to see if he extends his contract.

While Eddie Howe has a dearth of options on the right with just Trippier and Javier Manquillo in tow, the opposite flank paints a far different picture. In fact, Howe seems to rate Dan Burn so highly that he’s found ways to keep the Geordie on the pitch despite the emergence of Sven Botman.

When Matt Targett suffered a minor hamstring injury after the season’s opening weekend, it was Burn to come in at left-back. The 30-year-old kept remained on the left for the next three matches, even after Targett returned for the Wolves draw.

Targett returned to the starting eleven, in the league, at Liverpool which Burn started at center-back with Jamaal Lascelles. The backline was superb against the Reds leaving everything they had out on the pitch.

Howe went back to what is likely his preferred backline this past weekend. Tripper, Fabian Schar, Botman, and Targett all got the nod and played very well. Though Burn came on late for Targett to keep his league appearance streak intact at 22.

Jamal Lewis was on the bench while Paul Dummett was again a no-show. It seems that Howe is determined to keep Burn involved even though Botman may now be ahead of him in the pecking order.

One thing is clear, this defense has been turned from a nightmarish vulnerability into a strength. Newcastle have excellent defenders in tow, who will at varying times be called on to play their part.

103 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #81

    After the 100’s of stunts Ashley pulled, Bruce’s contract, Fun88 and generally running us in to the ground for 14 years, some people are still dwelling on the fact a manager sold two players to fund a relegation battle five years ago. Are some people never happy.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #82


  • Tinos Vino

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #83

    Andy Carroll to wolves if they dont get Costa. God the press are desperate for some news/clickbait

  • WLtoon

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #84

    Aye Raj, you are right, some people will never be happy, they were put on this planet to moan regardless

  • snowdone

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #85

    And Sven Botman shares a birthday with me, albeit 47 years apart!

  • WLtoon

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #86

    Wolves must be desperate anarl if they have Carroll in their thoughts, jeez.

  • Tinos Vino

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #87

    hers one as i duck for cover who would you have Carroll or Wood…

  • Tinos Vino

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #88

    This work permit part is going to play with quite a few clubs. gap in the market to take even more money out of the game with a work permit consultancy…

  • Assassins Inc

    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #89

    I don’t really care why we sold Mitro and Toney.
    I just don’t understand why we kept Gayle over both of them.
    Seems strange considering what both of them are doing now.

  • Romford mag

    Sep 6, 2022 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #90


    Pos – isak

    Tgs – isak

    Goals scored by TGS – 16

    Thanks 🙂

  • Swablr

    Sep 6, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #91

    Martoon…..My change,

    Top Goal Scorer Isak (Surprise !)

    That’s all ta.

  • magicmac54

    Sep 6, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #92

    Martoon My Change

    Top goal scorer Isak

    Goals scored by TGS = 15

    Cheers Martoon

  • Brussels

    Sep 6, 2022 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #93

    Martoon – my updates:

    Player of the season- Pope
    Top goal scorer- Isak
    Number of goals—13

  • simon376

    Sep 6, 2022 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #94

    Can I change my top scorer to Isak please with 16 goals


    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #95

    Martoon, please change my tgs to Isak. Thank you.

  • Ace50

    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #96

    Martoon. My updates:
    TGS – Isak
    No. of goals – 19

  • ottawageordie2

    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #97


    I’d like to change mine to Issac

  • carltoon

    Sep 7, 2022 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #98

    MARTOON please change my
    TGS Izak
    No. Of goals scored 15

  • A Geordie Mongrel

    Sep 7, 2022 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #99

    Martoon, my utterly predictable change,

    Top Goal Scorer Isak.

    Many thanks. 🙂

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #100

    Martoon – also fairly predictable change from me

    PoS – Isak
    TGS – Isak
    Goals scored by TGS – 15


  • Great White Hunter

    Sep 11, 2022 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #101

    Martoon, can you amend my top goal scorer to Isaac 17 goals, thanks. GWH

  • Dubai Micky

    Sep 11, 2022 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #102

    Martoon – my very predictable changes

    PoS – Isak
    TGS – Isak
    Goals scored by TGS – 18


  • Adamn_92

    Sep 12, 2022 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #103


    Changes to prediction:

    POS: Nick Pope
    TGS: Isak
    Goals scored by TGS: 14


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