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Howe Explains Why Defender Gets The Nod Over Future Star



Sven Botman will be part of Newcastle’s bright future. The 22-year-old has been excellent in his short time at Newcastle. He’s adapted to the Premier League very well and has the qualities to become one of the division’s best.

However, the present belongs to Fabian Schar and Dan Burn as Eddie Howe’s preferred center-back partnership. Burn and Botman had swapped starts during a congested schedule. But when both were fit for Bournemouth, it was the Geordie who got the call.

After the match, Howe revealed that Burn, for the moment, is ahead of the Dutchman in the pecking order. Here is Howe’s explanation for his preference of Burn as published in The Northern Echo:

“We managed their load in the week where we had three games, so (yesterday) was bringing Dan back. I just feel his leadership skills and his experience, we need that in our team at the moment.

“Sven is going to be an outstanding player and will play many, many games for this club. We love him to bits, but Dan just gets the nod at the moment.”

This is very good man management from Howe. Burn has been sensational since his arrival from Brighton last January. He has been a major factor in Howe transforming Newcastle’s defensive liability into a strength.

Botman has a bright future and his time will come. For now, it’s Burn’s moment in the spotlight as he continues to live out his dream of playing for his hometown club.

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122 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #81

    Ruddy – was a tough market though and the club didn’t want to overpay for minimal gains. If it was felt that extra player or two would make the difference for CL football or relegation, then fair enough, but overpaying to gain a place or two is throwing money away. Gotta look long term and not short term.

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  • DKillers

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #82

    Almiron isn’t creating anything right now. Did you guys watch the game yesterday? Not only was he stopping forward moves in their tracks, he lost the ball 11 times.

    Let him “create space” on the left. At least he wouldn’t need to stop to switch feet every time he touched the ball. Eddie doesn’t have to change from a 4-3-3 to move Almiron to a position where he is more suited.

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  • 9

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #83

    I think we all agree on all the fundamentals here:
    1 Eddie is fantastic and we’re vastly improved because of him.
    2 We have mega bucks, more than any club in the whole history of football, but aren’t allowed to spend it all at once.
    3 The signings we have made have been limited by the clear statement that we aren’t patsies who are going to pay twice what a player is worth.
    4 Nobody expects us to come from zero to hero in one season
    5 Signings so far have been fabulous, but have concentrated (quite rightly) on building from the back. Consequently, we haven’t improved creativity/goalscoring so much (see 2 above)
    6 We are a totally improved outfit since the takeover
    7 Expectations have to improve over previous ownership: I imagine I’m not alone in believing that, eventually, we’ll be number 1/challenging for number 1/ Champions League contenders.
    8 Current squad is too thin for 7 (above) (naturally “Rome wasn’t built in a day”)
    HWTL

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #84

    I think we have to look realistically what we want to achieve in the short to medium term……
    If we are on a squad building mission for an attack on trophies , then I’m sure the owners have a timescale in mind….
    With that in mind…..It’s fairly obvious to many of us that Fraser , Murphy , Miggy and Longstaff would struggle to get a game in any top six side……. therefore they need moving on when the time is right.
    Even Willock for me has issues with his ball control and dribbling , so do we need a trainee in the first team … I think not. …

    I’m sure Ashworth and Howe are aware of all that now after watching the season’ s misgivings so far…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #85

    9 – most of us agree with all of what you have written (me included), just a few outliers who disagree with some of them.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #86

    bettyswallocks – yep, and as 9 put it, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. The weaknesses are obvious and will be addressed when they possibly can be. Howe inherited a squad lacking in all departments.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #87

    I expect us to achieve 8th place, unless we experience an utter injury shitshow!

    And I don’t feel that’s an unreasonable target to attain.

    I am basing this on the assumption they will go again in the January window and progress will be made upgrading the squad. While the club being grown concurrently on the commercial side.

    I think it would take drafting in 4 or 5 worldies in January to knock on the top 6 door. Just can’t see that happening this early in the project. A couple of upgrades per window under 25 seems realistic.

    Next season have a go at breaking in to top 6 when we should have 8 or 9 project players in the 1st 11 brought on board. Decent strength in depth will be had for next season I hope.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #88

    DKillers – Murphy has never really created much ever though. He’s more limited and worse overall than Almiron. We all know that Almiron’s output is not what we need moving forward but I bet it’s better than Murphy’s so that’s why he plays. “Throwing the baby out with the bath water” is one phrase that springs to mind or perhaps “change for change’s sake”. Fraser is also much more comfortable on the left so Almiron is our best option on the right now.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #89

    9

    @83 pretty well put and I’d say I agree with vast majority of what you’ve said there.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #90

    TDS……. I think Howe has seen glimpses from the likes of Miggy and Murphy in Pre Season and training that has led him to believe they have more to offer…
    I do think Murphy is a confidence player as I have,seen him flatter to deceive quite a few times… Miggy is not a right winger in my opinion.
    I think Howe was given a harsh dose of reality yesterday that he can’t rely on those type of players to consistently perform well at PL level.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #91

    Tfb

    I’d be amazed if Maddison isn’t a Newcastle United player in January if I’m honest. I actually think a lot of our issues would be solved if we had a creative CAM type player unlocking defences with incisive killer passes and runs into the box.

    Agree that with greater commercial revenue will come greater flex in the transfer market but we’ll need to wait a few more windows for “mega” bucks being spent. £200m since January isn’t beyond what many other clubs have been spending.

    Next season breaking top 6 may be a tough ask but certainly “have a go” is right up there with what we should be doing.

    Our issue is squad depth and that takes a few seasons to develop, especially if you’re dealing with a squad that was ageing and hadn’t had proper investment in it for years.

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  • DKillers

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #92

    TDS, it is very clearly not “change for change’s sake.” Almiron is detrimental to our play in his current position. Jeez, this literally clear as day. He loses the ball regularly, he leaves the box when he receives the ball in the box, and he gets closed down when trying to switch feet. And he cannot cross the ball with his right foot, so it is constantly left for Trippier to attempt to cross at a less advantageous point in the move.

    I won’t keep harping on it. We can agree to disagree. But you keep going back to Murphy. There are other options.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #93

    DKillers

    Name another option at RW then. Who?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #94

    We have Almiron, Murphy, Fraser, Ritchie, Joelinton and ASM who are our most likely wide options.

    Fraser is playing LW while Maxi is injured so that rules him out playing RW for the time being. He could play there when Maxi is back but Fraser is equally limited offensively.

    You could play Maxi RW and Jo LW but then you lose Jo’s contribution from midfield.

    You could play Murphy or Ritchie but let’s be honest, both aren’t cut out for it.

    You could also play Anderson LW and Maxi RW but Anderson isn’t a winger in my books and would prefer to play him in midfield when we do play him.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #95

    Ruddy…. There is no other realistic option at RW at the moment… He might play Isak on the right when Wilson is back.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #96

    We’re still in the learning process.
    Our pass/move situations aren’t as tight as they could be yet. But, we’re getting there.
    Our possession, shots, on targets, pass completions, in fact everything, is rising.
    We’ve gotten skanked on vars, and teams are starting to worry about us, both home and away.
    A little speed up of pass/move/think/accuracy. And we’re gonna slam some teams.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #97

    Betty makes a good point that Isak could play RW when Wilson is back so that’s a possible option.

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  • DKillers

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #98

    Ruddy, I’ve said a number of times already…switch up Fraser and Almiron, drop Almiron to left of midfield and move Willock to the right of the front three, EA could have been an option when he was healthy prior to yesterday’s game.

    It is absolutely ridiculous to claim the only option is Almiron up front on the right.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #99

    Eddie is gonna stick to his plans.
    Stick with his team.
    Rotate where he sees fit.
    Lie when he has to.

    It’ll come good.

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  • 9

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #100

    Anderson! Bring him on, He really could be the real deal. Gutted something went wrong in training to stop him playing yesterday. Does anybody have any information on what happened/seriousness or otherwise?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #101

    Mr A is being ‘managed’ into the other team.

    Which is what coaches do.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #102

    As is Borman.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #103

    Other?
    Wtf?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #104

    Play Willock wide right of a front three? There’s absolutely nothing to suggest Willock would thrive in such a role so I’m curious as to what makes you think he’d do well there?

    Also are suggesting playing Almiron on LW as opposed to RW? What makes you think he’d be more effective there?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #105

    If a team is camped out in one third of the pitch…all traditional positions go out the window, don’t they?
    Patient pass and move is what succeeds in hose conditions.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #106

    Anderson isn’t a winger, he’s a midfielder, same goes for Willock.

    Both Almiron and Fraser are primarily defensive track-back wingers as opposed to good offensive assets.

    Murphy is useless.

    Let’s be real, our wide options outside of Maxi are rather limited.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #107

    Ruddy
    Right on mr A and Joe,
    But miggy ain’t no winger, mate.
    Murphy is probably our only traditional winger.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #108

    Clint

    By “winger” I really meant in the sense that he lines up wide right but yes, he’s more an inside forward than anything. In any case he’s more useful tracking back than he’s ever been going forward.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #109

    Ruddy

    He’s played as a dynamic, creative central mid for paraguay. Which suits him.
    He harries to shit outta teams.
    Is good at quick triangles and can score.
    He’s getting more time in a similar position now, and is getting more productive.
    Joe likes to break forward, that’s what ge seems good at. Can tackle and when in the flow, has a deft pass on him.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #110

    Clint

    And in the MLS Miggy was the most talented star in the league. Doing it against muck raking teams in South America or in the MLS is a world away from doing it in the Premier League. For starters, he gets more time to pick his passes and shots playing for Paraguay which he so evidently needs. Miggy plays wide right for us because it’s where he has most utility and sadly that limited level of returns would not be improved by moving him centrally in my view.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #111

    The more time miggy has to think, the worse he delivers…the team is almost in the right places at the right time now. Not quite!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #112

    I ain’t gonna judge him on whatever league X years back.
    He was trashed by dufus and rebuilt by Eddie.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #113

    We’ve had multiple seasons worth of evidence to suggest Miggy isn’t cut out for the league, and as much as I’d hoped Howe would turn him around this season, I’m beginning to think that he won’t be around much beyond next summer or will be used very sparingly from the bench once we’ve upgraded.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #114

    Clint

    What suggests he’s been rebuilt by Eddie? He has scored 1 goal this season (which granted is as much as his entire haul from last season) but still doesn’t produce nearly enough consistent end product to indicate that he has a long-term future at the club in my view.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #115

    He hardly played last season, for starters.
    And had all the thrill sucked from him by whats his nose.
    He’s paying the best he’s played.
    Have some patience mate.
    Toon wasn’t (re)built in a day/season.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #116

    Oh ye of little faith!

    He was top scorer in pre season. already notched this…
    ok!?!
    😉

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #117

    I suggested a front 3 of:

    Anderson–Wilson–Isak

    Even if Anderson is not a ‘winger’ I think outside of Maxi he has shown the most creativity in the LF position this season. Obviously, as I stated earlier, it remains to be seen if he can keep up those performances for a full 100. Got to be worth a try though, as long as his injury is not serious.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #118

    Eddie’s adopting a much mire fluid mid/attack situation. Don’t ya think?

    Ain’t no overnite sensation!
    …or 9 day wonder… he’s building for keeps.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #119

    Miggy isn’t a new player, he also played a considerable amount under Rafa where he also wasn’t productive enough. As hard a worker as he is, and as great a guy he seems, he’s simply not good enough. As I say, we’ve had ample data from which to judge him appropriately and I’m calling it like I see it. I’d love to see him improve to the extent where he’s regularly providing goals and assists (as he should be doing) but I just don’t see it.

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  • Vask

    Sep 18, 2022 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #120

    I’d say Miggy has his uses. If our squad was deeper/uninjured we could deploy him against opposition who at the high line. Look at his goal last season against palace. He is capable but isn’t as effective against opposition that sit deep. It is just a question of depth. January can help us reinforce and finish the season strongly. A trait that has been growing in us in recent seasons.

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