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Howe Provides Squad Update Ahead Of Crucial Wolves Clash

Eddie Howe has taken his press briefing this morning ahead of Sunday’s clash against Wolves. The head coach revealed that he hopes Fabian Schar will be back for the match after being in concussion protocol.

He also hinted there could be others fighting for fitness as he stated the following:

“We hope Fabian Schär will be in the squad. He’s trained well this week so I’m pleased to see him back.

“We have a couple of knocks from the Man City game but we hope it’s nothing too serious.”

There have been minimal injuries in recent weeks. So Howe has had some selection decisions to make. That will be no different for Sunday as Joelinton will serve the first of his two-match ban.

Jamaal Lascelles had a promising outing at the Etihad in Schar’s place. Howe was asked about the captain and his performance. Howe provided the following assessment on Jamaal:

“He’s led by example on the training ground. I had no doubt he’d come in and do well [at Man City] because of what I’ve seen.

“He performed to a high level & I’m pleased for him because he deserved that moment. I think he’s in a really good place.”

Lascelles recently spoke out on his lack of opportunities. His statements were team-oriented as he has completely encompassed his leadership role in the squad. If there are any doubts about Fabian, Howe will have no hesitation in handing Lascelles another start.

Interestingly, Howe spoke about another long-term Magpie who is pushing for a start. That is super-sub Jacob Murphy. The 28-year-old plays almost every match though rarely from the opening whistle.

Howe must be pleased with the winger’s contributions as well as in training as he said the following:

“I think he’s done very well off the bench this year but that’s not to say that’s his sole role. He’s done well when he’s come on in the last few games and that’s not lost on me.

“He’s pushing to start and there’s no doubting his qualities.”

Howe could go with another slightly-rotated squad on Sunday. Competition for places could be the key to getting the Magpies heading back in the right direction down the stretch.

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109 comments so far

  • Ronway

    Mar 10, 2023 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #81

    Next season’s strip?

    ” Newcastle United supporters split on picture of rumoured design of next season’s kit.”


  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 10, 2023 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #82


    Kane is phenomenal in a team which isn’t great as he carries them.

    Controversial but I think if City had bought him two summers ago when linked with him, they’d have won the champions league.

    For me, he suits a Guardiola team more than Haaland. Despite his goals, city aren’t performing half as well as they have previously. I honestly think Kane would have made them a perfect team.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #83

    Isak Centre Forward- gate, I don’t think it’s quite up there with the Rafa debate- gate or Wood is Good-gate, deffo not challenging Relegation battle-gate either.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Mar 10, 2023 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #84

    There’s a new kid in town causing quite a stir
    Of course it’s AP to whom I refer
    He changes his name but never his style
    He’s the most annoying on here by a country mile

    At first he was Jedi and then he was Mort
    Now he’s AP, still an irritating sort
    He speaks of emojis, to scratch this and that
    But his child like humour makes him sound like a twat

    He thinks he’s funny, but he’s a little bitch
    He’s like that scratch you cannot itch
    He’s like that smell that won’t go away
    He stinks the place out day after day

    I imagine he’s still living in his mam’s home
    And she’s the only woman that he’s ever known
    With his cans of Tizer and Haribo mix
    And when the sugar rush hits he comes here for his fix

    When he gets called out he always likes to retort
    The same as Jedi and the same as Mort
    I became Batty Boy Bard the last time I riled
    What now lies in store from the blogging child?

    I know I shouldn’t really be stirring the pot
    But he’ll be back on here whether we like it or not
    Unless Neil decides he should raise the tone
    And turns it into an adults only zone


  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Mar 10, 2023 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #85

    Bard, the one and only time I will discuss said subject.


  • snowdone

    Mar 10, 2023 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #86

    We have been creating chances in recent games, but not taking them. Only Bournemouth away was a poor performance in recent times. Like many I would like to see Isak start.
    To remain in the mix we need to win the next 2 games.
    I thought 8th would have been a good placing this year, but we have exceeded this expectation so far.
    CL is probably a step too far, but it would be fun to go for it.
    Momentum is everything and we just need that little spark. Hopefully , the fire starts on Sunday!

  • Swanny

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #87

    I reckon we’ll wallop Wolves the weekend, Eddie’s been looking not to pleased this week, I’d like to bet the players have been worded up and they’ll be busting a gut to get back on the park and stamp their authority.

    From a personal point of view, I’d like to make a comment, afore I say something, it’s only fair to say I’m a little tiddly, 2 bottles of red wine that cost is the grand total of 16 bucks and they were litre bottles anarl…..cushty

    People seem overly keen to cast judgement on others, the sad thing is their sentiments aren’t always honest.
    The pack mentally is a sad reflection of the society we live in.
    Why we say things, why we hold particular views, who we like and who we dislike are all the culmination of our upbringings in our formative years.
    Treat someone as the fool and he’ll act the goat, ridicule and belittle and don’t be surprised if he fires back, it’s human nature.

    Sorry for the tipsy rant fellas, we are all Newcastle United Fans, non of us are perfect, live and let live….

    “Walk a Mile in my Shoes”


  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #88

    TS – I agree, City won the league while rarely playing a striker. Their football was phenomenal that season and Kane would fit in extremely well with their style of play. I think he was foolish to sign a new long-term contract with Spurs without any clear clauses allowing him to leave. I also think a player like him deserves trophies.

    I’d love to see Isak playing in a similar vein. Kane creates so much space for other players and is top quality whether he’s shooting, heading, crossing, or passing.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #89

    Quite surprised about EH comments about Izak’s fitness. I would have assumed that the players would have more or less the same levels of fitness – – I understand some people are super fit and could run and run all day.
    So is it because of injury, ailment or just he’s not up to Howe’s standard.
    All very interesting.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #90

    I tell you what I was very wrong about, I was pretty adamant that Isak had been bought to pair with Wilson, it’s starting to look like he has no intention of doing so.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #91

    Do you get Tooheys New in your neck of the woods.

  • Swanny

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #92


    Aye we get Tooheys, it’s not one of my tipples though.

    I’m full as a top, think it’s best I hit me scratcher afore I give in to that bottle of Gin that keeps giving me a hoy


  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #93

    I was never a VB man, Carlton Cold or Tooheys for me. Get stuck in to the gin man 😀

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #94

    Mister Tuff – it’s fine margins for them. Different training regimes depending on what they’re trying to do. There’s no point in a player training to be at 100% for 200 minutes when they typically play a max of 100 minutes per game. Ideal if their fitness is optimised so they can put in 100% for 100 (or 110) minutes. Bit like the difference between runners. Usain Bolt specialised in 100m and 200m but wouldn’t have been as good at 400m and would have been nowhere near as good at 800m and above.

    So if Isak is just off a bit in terms of stamina, strength, flexibility, acceleration etc. then it can make a big difference. Especially as he doesn’t have the experience in our league. Shearer managed to still be very effective despite being far below 100% physically because he used his great experience and mentality.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #95


    I agree. Kane was mad to sign a long contract with no way to get out of it. I think he might move this year as he only has 1 year left and Spurs just don’t seem to have a project anymore as Conte will be off and their squad just isn’t great.

    On Isak, I’m slightly worried that something is wrong with him as when he first came into the team he looked electric, he tore past liverpool’s backline for that offside goal and showed great skill. Maybe he’s not had the space in recent games but he just doesn’t look quite at it…hopefully there’s no lasting damage from anything.

  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #96

    Everyone got over excited at our brilliant 1st half of the season….it was never going to last and with no strength and depth in the squad coupled with our relentless press, we were always going to tire.

    How about we give everyone a break and whatever happens this season we’ve all witnessed a peak into the future and what we can acheive…whilst also massively over achieving.

    Patience lads…patience.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #97

    TS – it can take a while for players to get properly up to speed after certain types of injuries. Hopefully it’s just that. It’s also possible that he’s working on strengthening his body to be fully effective in the Premier League. We’ve all seen players come here from abroad and not be as effective in the first year but really start to motor in year 2.

    He looks good to me when he’s come on but I really want to see him get a run of games and see how other players work with him. I know Howe will see some of this in training but we haven’t…

  • Ap

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #98

    It’s Fanta not Tizer

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #99

    Kane can’t go to Man City with Haaland there. Man Utd is probably the only option available to him in the PL this summer or he could go to Barcelona to replace Lewandowski?

  • Hibbit

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #100

    I see Wood is proving a massive miss to the squad.
    have we had a win since we let him go to Forest ??

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #101


    It’s nothing too concerning with Isak. A whole number of things could be impacting him from injury/fitness, settling in, team playing a bit worse, opposition playing deeper. He’s plenty of time to come good.

    I can see Kane to man utd. Not his dream but much more chance winning something there than with Spurs.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #102

    Not in the league we haven’t, beat Soton twice in the cup.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #103

    He came in and we went unbeaten in 9, he leaves and we remain winless in 6, yet people claim he played no part in our survival :shruggsshoulders: emoji

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #104

    Just a shame he couldn’t hit a barn door 😀

  • Hibbit

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #105

    exactly Jail, he must have been contributing something making space for others to take advantage of,

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #106

    TS – well, we HOPE it’s nothing too concerning with Isak anyway. Almost certainly isn’t but I know we’d be a lot happier when he starts to get a run of games and starts banging those goals in. With his style of play, he should be getting a decent number of assists too.

    I’d say Man Utd is the obvious choice for Kane. They’ve got a stopgap at centre forward now and I’d say they’re odd on favourites to sign him this summer, especially if Spurs don’t get top 4,

    Spurs could be in trouble if they lose him…everything revolves around him and their chances of getting top 4 in any given season has reduced with our resurgence since the TO.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #107


    I don’t think he featured too much in our winning run pre-world cup, but I might be wrong on that.

    He was a different option, that’s for sure, but I think our form now is less down to him and more down to a couple of things. We’re creating less chances and being significantly less clinical than we were.

    The less chances I think are down to some games without Bruno and people figuring out our main threats so dropping deeper. Then the lack of finishing is just from everyone, they are all missing good chances they’d have taken pre world cup.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 10, 2023 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #108


    Spurs will definitely be in trouble when he goes as the rest of their recruitment has been awful. Son seems to be coming to the end of his peak too, so they’ll have real trouble.

    I can see is displacing them in the top 6 in all honestly. Kane is the one who has propelled them into contention for champions league most seasons.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Mar 10, 2023 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #109

    Sorry AP,

    I should have remembered you prefer Fantaa with yer bantaa


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