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Newcastle’s Excellent Start Hasn’t Altered Winter Approach According To Local Journalist

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

  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #81


    Aye, the appearance money kitty thing which has recently been donated to charity rings a bell.

    I remember the Toon’s claim against FIFA and the FA jointly for the Owen injury.
    They both were jointly paying half his wages while he was tits up. Toon reached a compo agreement with them for over 10 million. Toon had to buy Obafemi Martins and that was the main part of the claim. Also medical bills were claimed for. Twas a good bit of arguing by Freddie Shepherd and the lawyers. Good result really.

  • niafron

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #82


    Well sure a right footed player can cross on the left. But it’s not ideal, and we can’t say crossing is one of our strong points at the moment.

    And it does work with Burn now, but for how many time?

    Also, as i said, i would be happy with Targett, but Howe seem more skeptical.


    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #83

    Dr G

    Aye, wingers are a dying form, old fashioned football is going the same way.

    Center half- also…no one’s telt the pundits yet.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #84

    niafron – as I said and also DrGloom has said too, crossing in the traditional sense (left footed left winger bombs down the wing and delivers a whipped in cross for a big centre forward to head into the net) is a rarer thing these days. Wingers are much more frequently “inside out” and can still cut inside to shoot or cross with their favoured foot. I think having Targett available opens up the options so if the opposition is vulnerable to crosses and we have a good target man in the box, then maybe we play Targett and get the crosses in.

    In which case, I’d point out that I don’t see it would be Wilson playing centre forward, it would be Isak.

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #85


    #NUFC have partnered with Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, @SaudiAirlinesEn as the club prepares for a warm weather training camp in Riyadh this December.

    And a pic with 22-23 on too. Hmmm

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #86
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #87

    There you go DMicky, I finally got an answer 😀

  • hibbit

    Nov 16, 2022 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #88

    not sure thats right,you might have to tell the rest of football your findings because its certainly not happening in the championship and lower lower leagues i watch,


    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #89


    It will, eventually, mate.

    The lower leagues aren’t necessarily the innovators, are they?

    Not knocking them, either.
    Just not the way the primary leagues are headed, is it?

  • Mort

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #90

    Raj looks like a more advanced photoshop where it actually becomes real 😉

  • Mort

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #92

    Ronaldo mural taken down from Old Trafford. Saudia to fly it to St James Park where Ronaldo will be unveiled in January 😉

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #93

    Even the great unwashed are doing it
    Richard Mennear @RichMennear · 4h
    Sunderland to face Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab Football Club in Dubai during training camp next week, KO 1pm on Friday 25.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #94

    Seems like you’re a bigger Ronaldo fan than a Newcadtle fan Mort???

  • Mort

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #95

    I’m a big fan of the best players. Messi still number one though

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #96

    I would seriously question the wisdom of anybody who would want to see Ronaldo here in January.

  • Mort

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #98

    I’d question the wisdom of who wouldn’t

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #99

    Mort, put simply, he takes away a lot more than he brings

  • hibbit

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #100

    it’s a NO to Ronaldo coming from me,
    would bring nowt but trouble.

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #101

    Anyone else having trouble accessing their profile on here?

  • phy

    Nov 16, 2022 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #102

    Pretty sure there was a manager a good few years ago, may have been Souness, complained about internationals comparing it to factories saying that it was like someone coming to your factory, borrowing a multi million pound machine for a few weeks, not paying for it then potentially bringing it back broken without having to worry about mending it.


    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #103

    Can’t see why any team would pay for Ronaldo’s baggage around their neck???
    Even Portugal fc will probably leave him in Qatar after the wc, to make his own way back.

  • Romford mag

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #104


    It’s not working at the minute Neil said when I emailed him!

    If you want to change your avatar you have to email him the picture you want and he can change it, if that’s what you want to do ?

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #105

    Cheers Rom


    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #106

    Toney 200+ betting allegations!


  • lochinvar

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #107

    Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney has been charged by the Football Association with more than 200 alleged breaches of betting rules.

    and some pundits moan that Toney should have been picked over Callum by Southgate !

    They never learn – where’s his mentor ?

  • lochinvar

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #108

    Can we draw a line under certain topics, just fancy a quieter life without dross reporters and pundits who know nothing

    Ronaldo – no, he can go to Chelsea or Florida

    Bruno – not going anywhere – why would he even contemplate an approach from lower clubs. Arsenal and City are covered.

    Max – Direchester want him to replace Ronaldo so they can try to sell more tacky shirts to London tourists, The club with no heart or sole.

  • Bambams

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #109

    Evening all

    I cant decide one way or the other about January, it has been suggested there is money there if they feel it necessary to bring player(s) in, for me if we can add a couple of players that will help get us CL then I think they will.

    Who exactly they are I have no idea, discussed this today with few lads and one of them suggested Madison won’t be allowed to leave, Leicester pulling away and to lose him would be a financial calamity, could drop back into bottom 3.

    Time will tell chaps, its a nice problem to have.

  • Mort

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #110

    PSG have failed to pay Mbappe on time. Are they having money problems?

  • Bambams

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #111

    Just seen this;

    Newcastle United has partnered with Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, SAUDIA, as the club prepares for a warm weather training camp in Riyadh this December.

    SAUDIA will be the club’s Official Tour Airline Partner when the team travels to Saudi Arabia, where they will play Saudi Pro League champions Al-Hilal Football Club as part of the 2022 Diriyah Season.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #112

    Given the absolute shite show and circus he’s caused at Man U and the disrespect he’s shown to his team mates and manager, the fact he’d want four times as much as our highest earner and demand to be played every week, that tells me you know more about FIFA PS5 than you do real world football.

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 16, 2022 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #113


    I don’t think it includes the flight though….

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 16, 2022 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #115

    Does anyone know specifically how the tie up with Saudia will benefit and work for us. No mention of front of shirt or ground naming rights as yet.

  • magicmac54

    Nov 16, 2022 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #116

    Evening Folks

    Eddie from Tyneside life giving advice on good venues for all you England fans in the Toon to watch the games in the world cup. With good old Ireland not being there i`ll be rooting for Brazil, France, and Argentina HWTL


  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 16, 2022 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #117

    20 Mins until the Ronaldo interview on TalkTV. I dislike Piers Morgan with a huge intensity. The last time I watched something he was in with any interest was when he was interviewing people on death row….I was kinda hoping one of them would beat him to death with their chair given they had nothing to lose. Not a feeling I had with Louis Theroux when he did similar interviews.

    Anyway I am going to have to watch this…It must be hard for Ronaldo. Imagine being interviewed by Piers and knowing that the majority of people will think that you are the bigger arsehole.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 16, 2022 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #118

    Mort are you Kets in disguise?

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 16, 2022 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #119

    If I was going to pick a old player to sign for NUFC I would go with Modric every time.

    But NUFC are not in the business of signing Messi, Ronaldo etc so it is a pointless discussion.


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