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Howe Has Difficult Decisions To Make With His Current Squad As January Looms

For Newcastle to sign a player next month, excluding any under 21, they’ll have to pare down some of the current squad. Eddie Howe already has one player in Mark Gillespie who is not in the 25-man squad.

Goalkeeper Lori Karius was signed on an emergency basis in September due to Karl Darlow’s ankle injury. Darlow has returned and made the bench in the final two league matches before the break with Karius getting the call as the backup in the Carabao Cup win against Palace.

Karius’ contract reportedly expires at the end of the year. So we could see the German let go despite his seamless transition into the squad. He’s always seen smiling away in training and post-win photographs. Hopefully, Howe triggers his extension to the end of the season.

Matty Longstaff returns from his loan spell with Colchester in January. The midfielder returned from a hamstring injury for a cameo over the weekend in a 3-0 win over Doncaster. The local lad’s contract runs out in the summer with little hope of him signing another extension.

The Chronicle is reporting that both Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie are attracting attention ahead of the winter window. Fraser has found playing time difficult with the resurgence of both Miguel Almiron and Jacob Murphy. Ritchie has barely featured this season and is currently getting close to returning from a calf injury.

Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley recently declared he would be thrilled to add Ritchie to his ranks though doubted a move for the winger was feasible. The Chronicle believes numerous Premier League and Championship clubs are coveting Fraser.

Howe would likely be open to allowing Ritchie to leave. The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract. Interestingly, Matt has taken charge of youth training sessions during his injury layoff as he hopes to earn coaching badges.

Allowing Fraser to leave is a more delicate subject. He is in his prime and while inconsistent and prone to injury, has significant value on the pitch. He can cover both flanks and Howe would need a replacement before allowing him to leave.

There are plenty of outgoing decisions up in the air as the winter window approaches. We could see some difficult but necessary moves made if the two Mattys depart the club. It would also be sad to see Loris leave without making his NUFC debut.

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30 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    What’s going to happen with Dubravaka as I grab this content laden first 😀

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Surely Man U aren’t keeping him and there’s no way he’s coming back here I would have thought.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    For the record, any transfers made today don’t become active until matchday two on the FFF.

  • Wor B

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    TransferMkt values Dubs at 4M Euros.

    (Pope at E18M)

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    The Taco Taker seems a decent sort
    But last night Coming Home and to a lesser extent Mort
    Abused and hounded him relentlessly
    For no good reason that I could see

    What has he done? What has he said?
    To warrant the stuff that I’ve just read
    It was started by Fenham a few weeks back
    Now some other WAG’s have continued to attack

    Coming Home complains that posters get chased
    Yet comes on here completely shit faced
    To abuse a few and try to force them to leave
    Is a decimated blog what he’s trying to achieve?

    Adamn, Jail, Munster and TDS,
    Dazzler, now Taco and even Lesh
    Have received his treatment upon this forum
    Like plenty of others have done before ’em

    He’ll say, that’s rich Bard, you’ve targeted a few
    And yes I have, that much is true
    There was Tom and Mund, who wanted a scrap
    Then Fenham and the joker in a baseball cap
    Each one had offered someone a brawl
    So I happily took the piss out them all

    But howay man, Coming Home
    Leave those other lads alone
    They just come on here for a bit of craic
    And don’t need a target on their back
    If you need a victim or someone to rag
    Take it out on that gobshite, NY Mag

    * credit to Lesh for WAG (WhatsApp Group)

    Another name check for you there NY!

    You know I’m just kidding


  • WLtoon

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning all, didn`t realise Chris Hughton is assistant coach with Ghana. he`ll be on the touchline today no doubt, always liked the fella, a total gentleman.

    Never been in my scratcher for 3 days, been grabbing an hour between matches on the couch,then off to graft. but it ends tomorrow after my last night shift tonight.
    My scratcher will feel like heaven tomorrow night, especially after a few bevvies watching England do the yanks.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Because I’ve mentioned Mort he’ll now reply
    As he did when he was called The Last Jedi
    On such occasions he always flips
    And bombards his accuser with childish quips

    I used to think Mund was immature
    But Mort’s on a different level for sure
    He’s one of the strangest cookies the blog has seen
    And should get back to school as he’s only thirteen


  • WLtoon

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    No Shar in the line up ,WHAT!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 24, 2022 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s actually bang out of order the way TTT was targeted last night and is being targeted in general, for what???
    For saying once that I was not the evil personified that I’m being made out to be and calling out that mummers farce that “Goal Linton” tried to instigate by saying he was leaving the blog. How on earth anyone can bemoan people being “chased off the blog” while actively trying to achieve very that is astounding. That was a completely embarrassing shite show last night, I’d be thoroughly ashamed if I woke up and read that this morning.

  • NY Mag

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10


    Fame at last 😀 😀 😀

  • niafron

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    If there’s no serious injury amongst our wingers when we will reach the last week of the window, i think we should sell Fraser.


    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Forget Dub, can’t see any good reason for having him back.

    Madison/Bellingham, if their primary concern is their involvement in CL… I’d have nowt to di with ’em, personally.

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    cleveleysbob, got to say I’ve never heard them referred to MickeyDs, MackyDs yet, but never MickeyDs.

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Could be a spelling mistake of course, happens here all the time (you never know).

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Re Dubs, I think he’s burned his bridges with us now, sadly he’s on a loan until end of year (if I recall, could be end of season), and there was some talk of an option/mandate to buy at a fixed fee after so many appearances.

  • Dubai Micky

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Just looked at his Wiki, On 1 September 2022, Dúbravka joined Manchester United on a season-long loan from Newcastle. He made his debut in United’s 4–2 win over Aston Villa in the EFL Cup third round on 10 November 2022.

    So he’s started one game then.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Very funny Bard.


    I have become a regular feature in your recent works. I shall try to change that.

    I am not going anywhere Raj, but I am going to stick to my word last night and simply ignore certain individuals. It is too much hassle for others on the blog to wade though all the posts if I continue to reply to that kind of nonsense. I am pretty sure sane people see things as they actually are, not how some people would like to portray events to be.

    WLtoon, of course Schar didn’t start I cursed him by transferring him into my FWC team.

    Seriously though it is insane he didn’t start unless he is not 100% fit.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Do we really need anymore players in January.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Micky, Dubs loan is indeed until the end of the season which Man Utd paid us £2M for. Man Utd have the option to buy him for a further £6M which becomes an obligation if he makes a certain number of appearances (that number of appearances has never been published as far as I am aware)

    NUFC do have the option to recall Dubs in the Jan window but there is no reason to do so, especially now Darlow is back and we have Karius. Man Utd aren’t playing him so they clearly don’t plan on buying him. Which means Dubs will come back to NUFC in the summer at which point he will then be sold to someone else.

    At least we got £2M out of Man U for a ‘keeper neither us nor them will play.

  • lesh

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20


    You mentioned Goal Linton’s leaving post and it wasn’t too dissimilar from those of other WAGs in that it was pitched at Admin to paint a picture of an innocent victimised and driven off the Blog – the sign of a troublemaker if ever there was one. Yet they’re still allowed to post?

    They must think people were born yesterday!


    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Is there a direct route from manc to Toon?
    Hopefully, Dub gets lost on the journey, if we’re stuck with him.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Welsh, we don’t technically need players but I think If we could strengthen the first team with quality winger/forward player or a centre mid/CAM or better cover for Tripps at RB then why not do it? But there is the chance the right player is not available in which case I agree we should not be buying just anyone.

    I think we will make 1 first team signing if the right opportunity presents itself and I am sure we will look to sign a couple more kids for the future too.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Clint, you normally have to change at Leeds or York.



    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24


    Not surprised, that’s purposeful, i reckon.
    Same with roads.
    Only route 66?

    Any smart cookie footballers out there might see a great opportunity to fabricate a move in January to ‘the project’… The old ways are messed with, now… anything can happen!

  • DrGloom

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Not sure why anyone cares what some random on a blog calls them… just post what you want and engage with posters you want debate or chat with … all this oh you chased x or y off the blog is like a bunch of school kids crying wolf …makes me chuckle anyway
    I miss the worst as I’m not usually on here in the evening and nobody’s off there face in the mornings 😀

  • JohnJ

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Sadly I feel, one way or another, Dubs has to go…. There isn’t a return possible – he did well enough for us but after the form that Pope has shown it’s a “No Brainer”

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Also I am not sure why some people are so convinced Qatar will sell PSG to buy Man Utd. That is a monumental headache to do and why didn’t people have this theory win Lpool went up for sale? Why does it only pop up now it is Man U?

    Lpool are technically less broken than Man Utd overall too.

    I could be wrong but I don’t think Qatar will go after either club and I don’t think either club will be sold particularly soon. I think the combination of having to compete with NUFC, ESL not being on the table and the way Chelsea was just taken away from Abramovich will put a hell of a lot of investors off.


    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #28

    De G


    John j


  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #29

    Hahaha – I see the usual leftoid loons are having a pop.

    It is revealing to see them crying like babies because their politcal bitterness, hatred and vitriol has been exposed.

    They are horrible hate filled people.
    Go back on here 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years and it is the same people causing the aggro and ruck.

    Cast out your hate – you’ll feel better.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 24, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    JohnJ, it is kind of sad really, I always liked Dubs. It is totally understandable that he would want to move on if he knew he was not number 1 once Pope came in. However the manner in which he did so was rather unpalatable with his sudden professing of an undying love of Man Utd. He got what he asked for, and he basically closed the door on his possible return here imo.


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