We expect the Newcastle owners to plunge into the transfer market in January to help Eddie Howe and his players out in the second half of the season.
Newcastle have gone back to the days of old when we always had the most injuries of any Premier League club.
And that’s true now, with Newcastle having 12 players out including Sandro Tonali with his 10-month ban, and Lewis Hall who is not allowed to play against his old club Chelsea in our next game, on 25th November at home.
The next highest injuries and suspensions in the Premier League are Manchester United and Tottenham with 10 each on the Premier League injury site.
We have both Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson, our two strikers, out injured now but we expect Isak to be able to return for our next game against the Blues – that is welcome news indeed.
Both of them have a poor injury record at Newcastle, and it would seem to make sense if we brought in an out-and-out striker in January.
Newcastle have been scouting 20-year-old striker Marcos Leonardo, the Brazilian U20 striker who plays for Santos.
And we have reported that the Newcastle recruitment team, led by Sporting Director Dan Ashworth, have already made contact with Santos on a potential deal.
Newcastle United are favorites to sign the young striker and the reports are that we would be prepared to spend £15M to sign the 20-year-old, which is a little below the £20M Santos value their player at.
Real Madrid are also interested in signing the player, and we should expect top clubs going after the our transfer targets since we are now among the big boys.
And Newcastle are much more attractive to new players than we were before our ambitious owners bought the club a couple of years ago for around £300M from the former owner.
That’s even though the weather has not changed in Newcastle.
And we have made massive strides over the last two years, and Newcastle United are now known globally, as much as we were in the heady days when Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan managed the club.
Leonardo has scored 21 goals in 45 games for Santos during 2023, and in total he has played 164 games with 54 goals and 11 assists since he made his debut for Santos back in August of 2020.
That’s an excellent record for one so young.
It would seem we should be able come up with the £15M to sign this future superstar in January, and if that’s true it would be £15M (or even £20M) well spent.
What do you think?