Luke Edwards with The Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle’s unexpected place in the top four will not drastically alter the thinking behind the scenes. The aim for the season remains a top-ten finish with no intentions to change the pragmatic approach to the winter window.
Newcastle plan on using January to add strength in depth to guard against injuries. The position of right-back has become a priority with Emil Krafth potentially out for the entire campaign with his ACL injury. Though the Swede is making good progress with his recovery.
The club want to add a young right-back to learn under Kieran Trippier. West Ham’s Harrison Ashby and Leeds’ Cody Drameh are two youngsters being considered according to recent reports. A move for Ashby was rebuffed on the summer deadline day.
However, if one of the club’s top targets becomes available, such as Leicester City’s James Maddison, Edwards believes Newcastle will make a move. That could also be the case for Moussa Diaby, though Leverkusen are showing signs of life with Diaby providing the spark.
The need for a wide forward has been lessened with the form of Miguel Almiron. The Paraguayan has nailed down the right-wing role and is the Magpies’ leading scorer with 8 goals, many of which are highlight reel material.
Newcastle have also achieved their excellent start while coping with lengthy absences from Allan Saint-Maximin, Alexander Isak, and Jonjo Shelvey. In addition, Howe has extracted the best out of Jacob Murphy while budding talent Elliot Anderson continues to improve by the day.
There have been emerging claims that talks are underway for Velez Sarsfield midfielder Maximo Perrone. The deep-lying playmaker wouldn’t take up a squad place and cost around £12-15m. Adding the young Argentine and one of Ashby or Drameh, while taking a wait-and-see stance on Maddison or Diaby would be a sound approach.