What appears to be a throw-away line has captured some attention in Newcastle’s pursuit of a new left-back. 90min recently reported on Newcastle’s heightening interest in Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney.
The report also offhandedly suggested that Renan Lodi still graces the club’s shortlist. The Brazilian was a target early last summer before Matt Targett’s purchase option was triggered making his loan move permanent.
Lodi ended up with Nottingham Forest on loan with a £25m purchase option. He has been Steve Cooper’s primary left-back since his arrival with 21 appearances helping keep Forest out of the bottom three.
If they keep above the drop zone by this season’s conclusion, the club will likely trigger the purchase option. It would be then up to Lodi to decide on a long-term future at the City Ground.
It makes sense the 24-year-old is still being monitored along with Tierney and Inter Milan’s Federico Dimarco. Lodi now has shown he can handle the Premier League which will make Newcastle more comfortable in shelling out the cash for him should he become available.
49 comments so far
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:13 PMComment #1
If Forest stay up he stays at Forest.
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:15 PMComment #2
If we are talking about dinosaurs, T-rex from Everton. Just to Pick one out.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:16 PMComment #3
Just waiting for the spinazzola link
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:29 PMComment #4
Spinazzola is 29, he wouldn’t fit the blueprint. I’d bet any older players coming in will have to have PL experience.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:30 PMComment #5
A lot of people are selecting a win for a game that has historically been 1-1.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:30 PMComment #6
Spinazzola raises our level significantly on the left side
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:33 PMComment #7
I think the majority of fans just want this season ended now, with us in 6th. We can then reflect on a great season, progress on and off the pitch, and a summer of transfers. Unfortunately we’ve got over 12 games left to play, and if players and fans are not on it, we could end the season on a bit of a downer and finish 8th to 10th. The Wolves game is a big one and we need to win it.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:38 PMComment #8
Gloom I didnt “big up Bruce” but i was far more tolerant than others up to around the Sheff Utd game. Mea culpa, but he produced the same shit football that Rafa did , ad i didnt see the point in glorifying one guy , and putting him beyond negative comment, and murdering the other, partly on the basis that he managed Sunderland. I was tolerant at the start particularly, because plenty of players have played for both teams.
But by around Sheff Utd Id had far too much of him.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:39 PMComment #9
Onmeed i predicted 8th or 9th but I think i will be wrong and we can get 6th, maybe more?
A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:41 PMComment #10
Afternoon all. I think Eddie recognises the need for change. It can’t be good for Wilson if he cannot get to full fitness and has lost his edge. Isak has shown what he can do so hopefully is fit enough to start. Eddie isn’t wedded to 4-3-3 and when we did go 4-2-3-1 we looked good and aggressive. However we need a plan for Traore. On his own he’ll have BDB on toast.
Onmeedsun, the dinosaurs were sent but they didn’t read the brief. They ended up in politics or running the PL. 😆
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:42 PMComment #11
Nothing to do with him managing 5under1and and everything to do with him being a bottom half championship manager who had Ashley lickspittle written all over him from the very first link.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:45 PMComment #12
He’ll have him for toast, but he’ll still do nowt. It’s Traore 😀
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:51 PMComment #13
I hated Bruce because he was a terrible appointment at a terrible time, and he is a terrible person and a terrible manager.
Nowt to do with the mackems, and not even just because after Rafa no one was good enough (because I don’t think that was remotely true for anyone).
He was shite, he’s always been shite and was destined to be shite as was proven to be correct. We’d be mid-table in the championship if the takeover didn’t happen.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:54 PMComment #14
4 years ago today. A great comeback.
Mar 9, 2023 at 3:54 PMComment #15
We just need to play horses for courses.
Cal’s skill set doesn’t suit certain games.
Low block, no space, same with Maxi.
Unless you pump balls to Cal, what’s the point. Isak can unlock defenses. For eg.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:07 PMComment #16
I don’t know how anyone could have felt anything other than pure depression when Bruce got announced as our manager.
He was shite before he came and we all knew he would be shite here. He’s also a shite human being and he proved that quickly too.
It was the sign of just how far the club had fallen and was continuing to fall. A takeover didn’t look likely at the time, we went from Rafa who was well respected and had great success in his career, to a bumbling dinosaur of a manager who has never achieved anything.
Bruce coming was a depressing time to be a Newcastle fan as it was painful to see what the club was becoming and everyone knew where it was heading under him.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:08 PMComment #17
However, I’d play Targett (if fit), and no doubt we’ll start Wilson and Maxi. I’d also consider having Willock higher up the pitch closer to a no 10 role and can swap with the wingers when needed. That won’t happen though.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:09 PMComment #18
On a cheerier note though, just look at the direction we’re heading now and how professional and brilliant our manager is these days 🙂 With the fantastic owners to match!
A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:10 PMComment #19
CF, picking the right players for specific games? Far too sensible, it’ll never catch on. 🙂
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:10 PMComment #20
The best thing Bruce ever did was asking one of the other Steve’s if they should just fk off now after he won his first preseason friendly.
It wasn’t even downhill from there, it was a cliff edge straight to oblivion.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:10 PMComment #21
Well said mate…
Next time tho, don’t dignify it with a response…
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:11 PMComment #22
Mid table in the championship, that’s bloody optimistic 😀
I think there was such a malaise that we’d have gone further down, there was going to be no KK or Rafa coming in this time to give the fans hope.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:11 PMComment #23
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:13 PMComment #24
I have to believe even fatty would have given Bruce the bullet if we were struggling in the Championship. We might have ended up with a Carrick type, who’s trying to cut their teeth and that may have gotten us to where Boro are now.
But I agree under Bruce that would be optimistic. I mean he took WBA from the automatic promotion places to mid table, that takes some effort.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:18 PMComment #25
I just don’t know why Maxi and Cal should be considered starters for this game.
AG and Isak.
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:19 PMComment #26
I wonder had it got so bad that he was actually going to just sit back and watch as he took us down. Bringing in Jones that time saved his bacon but it came at a price, Jones was obviously given clear instructions to talk over him on the touchline when giving out advice.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:23 PMComment #27
Willock’s industry, specifically as Jo ain’t playing.
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:24 PMComment #28
This game is MAHOOSIVE!
Mar 9, 2023 at 4:56 PMComment #29
No ifs or buts from Callum Wilson he knows where the goals should be coming from.
“We had chances (against Manchester City) but it’s the same again each week. We keep saying, we had chances, we had chances.
I’m obviously partly to blame for that because I’m a striker and I take responsibility. Full responsibility. I never shy away from owning up and taking accountability.
I need to fix up in front of goal. You’re never going to go through a season of missing chances because, when you’re a goal-scorer, you score goals no matter what.”
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:03 PMComment #30
RIP Mystic Meg. I didn’t see that coming
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:17 PMComment #31
I hope this doesn’t mean he’s starting Ronway.
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:19 PMComment #32
There is a “Yellow Weather Warning” covering the North East including Newcastle upon Tyne for the next few days but the forecast is for the temperature to gradually rise.
It’s forecast to reach 7/8 deg. C by Sunday so it should be OK for a 16:30 kick-off; hopefully!
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:23 PMComment #33
I think Eddie will start the game with Callum Wilson up front.
We are at home, big crowd, need a win to restore Callum’s confidence; perhaps his last chance?
We’ll see on Sunday!
A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:25 PMComment #34
Dazzler, Traore has had some canny games coming off the bench.
Jail, with the contract the scobberlotcher had he seemed quite happy to take us into oblivion. He was quids in regardless.
CF, agreed on Willock. I think him and Gordon on the left will take some stopping and they will both help out the defence.
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:31 PMComment #35
I think we will finish 10th
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:33 PMComment #36
AGM – #10
” I think Eddie recognises the need for change. It can’t be good for Wilson if he cannot get to full fitness and has lost his edge.”
I personally disagree that Callum Wilson needs to get to full fitness but agree completely that he appears to have lost his edge.
Didn’t Eddie Howe explain that he hadn’t selected Alexander Isak to start because he hadn’t reached full fitness.
If Callum is playing it suggests that he is at full fitness level; he just needs to find his edge, quickly!
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:37 PMComment #37
Gordon didnt once try to beat his man outside against man city always coming inside
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:40 PMComment #38
Last few seasons we finished 13th 12th 11th with 44 45 49 points.
Progress this season is 10th with 50+ points.
Rafas 1st season in epl we finished 10th with 44 or 45 points.
On track for a progressive season
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:41 PMComment #39
I wish we had a mute or block function on this site.
Mar 9, 2023 at 5:42 PMComment #40
Bruce more than reinforced his pathetic credentials when he went to WBA and they were in 5th place when he arrived, a few months later they had dropped like a stone to 3rd bottom under his stewardship, he was a pathetic human being and an even worse so called manager, enough said HWTL.