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.
119 comments so far
Raj of Hailsley
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:36 PMComment #41
Please dont tell me you suggesting that corruption at FIFA is merely an accusation 😳
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:39 PMComment #42
Raj – I guess you didn’t read my post. Of course I’m not suggesting that. I said that things are getting better there at least.
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:39 PMComment #43
TDS – I said I thought fifa picked up tab but without putting much thought into it .. clearly they wouldn’t allow teams such as Portugal to pick players on 500k a week if that was the case 😀
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:39 PMComment #44
And I’m not sure they’re getting better , just better hidden 😉
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:42 PMComment #45
To be honest, I was amazed about the brown paper bags during the Qatar bidding – I mean how do you even deposit that much cash into your bank account without questions
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:44 PMComment #46
If we got make change in the squad, what about the Left back?
Don’t think we ca go on for long with Burn ( he was excellent defensively, but don’t bring much at the other end of the pitch ) and altough personaly i was very happy with Targett, not sure Howe rate his profile.
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:47 PMComment #47
Aye – just look at the accounts anywhere – they’ll tell you straight away that cash is being fiddled and who the crooks are.
The crooks are partially honest by keeping accurate accounts.
My God -whatever next.
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:47 PMComment #48
DrGloom – is it FIFA or the local FAs who pick up the tab? I think it was the FAs insurance who had to pay out when Michael Owen was injured for a long time on England duty. Could be FIFA for major tournaments though, not sure.
I wasn’t amazed about the bribery for the Qatar bidding, didn’t surprise me one bit to be honest. From what I understand (haven’t watched this documentary though), it was all done under the guise of boosting football in the region (new training grounds, stadiums etc.) so they agreed multi millions for it, FIFA deposited the money in an account the rep from that country/region gave them and then FIFA did absolutely zero to verify that the money was spent correctly. Not our fault gov…
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:49 PMComment #49
niafron – I would suggest that IF Isak is to be played regularly as a left-sided forward, then we will need a more defensively minded left back playing there (i.e. Burn). As opposed to the right flank where Almiron can cover for Trippier when the latter bombs forward. I would say Targett is more suited to play when there’s a hard working left winger in front of him. Perhaps ok when it’s Joelinton? Perhaps not when it’s ASM.
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:51 PMComment #50
Not saying that Edwards is wrong but I find it difficult to imagine that we wouldn’t try to invest rather heavily to maintain a Champions League spot and bring our ambitions forward by at least two seasons.
In addition the likes of Guimaraes were sold on progress with top players being brought in to aim for success. I don’t think 10th place (as suggested) would ‘float his boat’ at all.
Nov 16, 2022 at 3:55 PMComment #51
The F.A insure players against injury so as in the case of Owen, the insurer picks up the tab for his wages.
There were a number of FIFA officials who swore on oath that large brown paper bags full of cash changed hands during the bidding process and it was Qatar (and Russia before ) that were handing out very large sums of cash to fifa officials
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:01 PMComment #52
Some of us madme s passing comment on: you use someone elses stuff/people, youbpay for the privilege, way of the world.
It’s unworkable: tory rhetoric when asked to help the poor.
Wages too big, tough.
Rich countries profit- therefore poor countries can’t compete…
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:02 PMComment #53
Got your point, but we need a left foot on this left flank from an offensive point of view in order to cross.
Burn can’t do that ( he’s one of my favourite player in the squad, but he’s a CB ).
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:04 PMComment #54
“It’s getting better”.
Everso slightly better than death is totally maimed.
They’re crooks…forever… proven in courts…
Why would you die on the hill of defending that bunch?
Toon fans bad
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:04 PMComment #55
Just caught up.
Taco, cheers for doing the hard yards on that overseas broadcaster advertising thingy as I was knackered and couldn’t be arsed going digging pal.
I wonder if an individual club could generate more cash if they did everything themselves with regards to flogging rights. I think the big clubs could probably.
Read an interview with that Chelsea Boehly bloke a while back and he was on about being able to watch your teams games on your club APP.
According to this site :-
Chelsea have 127.5 million followers on social media globally. If, for example, 10 million paid a tenner a month to watch Chelsea games that would bring in 1.2 billion/year. Hells Footin Bells!
Nee wonder the shyster 6 want oot the EPL 😆
Toonarmy of Frogs
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:05 PMComment #56
Think if we finished 3rd PL prize money is £25m+ more than our 9th placed finish. That’s a massive addition.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:08 PMComment #57
I think the fa pay players appearance money for playing for England which they have donated to charity for years.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:08 PMComment #58
DrGloom – doesn’t surprise me either. Will have been written off as money for investment in local stadiums or training grounds that were never built.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:09 PMComment #59
Clint – clubs negotiate the contracts with their players and those players are invited to play international football. Who gives a damn who pays their wages? Why does anyone on here even care?
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:11 PMComment #60
niafron – old school thinking there mate. Plenty of quality left-sided players aren’t left footed. Almiron is left footed yet plays mostly on the right…
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:15 PMComment #61
Rubbish swerve, mate!
Do players get paid in the off-season, when the wc etc are played?
We’re having a discussion, if you no like, why join in?
Same back, why do you care?
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:15 PMComment #62
Erf… you know me! Indeed, i’m a bit old school, but i still think if you got a right footed winger, you need a good left footed FB to cross.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:16 PMComment #63
FIFA pays money to the club – Toon will get around 800k for players participating in W.C – I already posted this … keep up 😀
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:17 PMComment #64
It’s so much more difficult to say who you’d personally buy now we’re good and have lots of money. Before it was easy to think of players who could improve our team from the relegated teams, strugglers or championship. Now it’s quite difficult to think of a player a) in our price range b) that would likely come and c) be better than our current lot.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:17 PMComment #65
F.A pays a players pool – players in the past donated it to charity although there was a 5 million win bonus for last W.C – not sure if they would have donated this or not
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:18 PMComment #66
TDS – nowt much else to talk about given there’s no football – I couldn’t think of anymore one letter film descriptions 😀
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:19 PMComment #67
It’s all about fit, attitude, stuff like that, now, mate.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:21 PMComment #68
Right right right!
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:23 PMComment #69
One of the greatest England videos of all time featuring the legend that is Bobby Robson
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:24 PMComment #70
Clint – yes, players get paid by their club in the off season. So, what’s your point?
I totally disagree that there’s any sense in changing the status quo and having FIFA pay players wages during the World Cup. People talk about corruption and that’s absolutely a can of worms to generate more corruption.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:24 PMComment #71
Just read your post again, think we misunderstood each other, sure you can have a right footed winger on the left, but in this case, you need a left footed left back whith some offensive skills.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:25 PMComment #72
niafron – not if you’re not playing a winger at all. If Isak plays on the left side, then he won’t play as a winger. So maybe it’s Burn + Isak/ASM OR Targett + Joelinton/Harrison/Diaby?
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:26 PMComment #73
Yeah, can’t see the F.A agreeing to pay wages – they would need to have a relatively low cap (in football terms ) if they wanted to continue playing all these friendlies etc so none of the better players on 100k+ would ever get picked as too expensive
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:30 PMComment #74
The higher we finish in the league the more £o££ly we win at end of season! 🙂
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:30 PMComment #75
Who says i need one? (A point)
Just wondering whether they do.
There. Is. Always. A. Need. To. Change. The. Status. Quo!!!
Turn a blind eye, nowt to see here, move along people, let the powerful deal with it.
Qatar wc… corruptly appointed!
Ding a ling!
Bad sh/t happens when good people stand by…
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:31 PMComment #76
£o££ley = lolley just in case you don’t see where I’m coming from.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:33 PMComment #77
You lost me in translation! Ahahah!
0k, so if we play 4-3-3 with a 3 men midfield ( as we got now ) and Wilson or Wood as number 9, our left flank could be Isak+Burn.
In this case, neither Isak or Burn could deliver many crosses from the left.
And Joe&Joe ( Joelinton and Willock ) playing left midfield wouldn’t bring much help as both of them are right footed.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:34 PMComment #78
I think we need a few “experts” to opine on the issue of player wages and who will pay them. The experts will set us all straight.
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:37 PMComment #79
niafron – of course right footed players can deliver crossed from the left. Doesn’t Almiron deliver some crosses from the right but mostly with his left foot? They have options with Burn or Targett at the moment and it seems to be working pretty well with Burn there wouldn’t you say?
Nov 16, 2022 at 4:37 PMComment #80
Crosses aren’t quite the tour de force they used to be, EPL teams are using them less and less according to some stat I saw recently