Sandro Tonali will miss this season after he initially played 6 league games and scored on his debut for Newcastle in the Premier League in August.
Sandro will not be eligible to play until the 3rd game of next season but he will be a huge player for us next season.
That’s because he has trained with the squad this season and will know exactly how Newcastle play and how head coach Eddie Howe wants him to play at Newcastle.
He will also be super-fit when he returns to the first team in August, and according to Dan Burn Sandro’s English is already very good.
So this season is not completely lost for Tonali, but the main thing is we hope he can put the betting scandal behind him and become a Newcastle great in the future.
With the talent this lad has that’s very possible, and remember he’s still only 23 years old: that’s 3 years younger than Sean Longstaff, and he’s been capped 15 times for Italy: he made 130 appearances with 7 goals for his boyhood club AC Milan.
Newcastle paid around €70M (£60M) to Milan for the Italian (including add-ons), and this made Tonali the most expensive Italian player of all time.
Jason Tindall has talked about the Italian International:
“It’s great because Sandro is a great lad,”
“He trains really hard every single day and he’s going to be a top player for this football club moving forward. To see the fans showing him that love… it’s been a really difficult time for him.
“He’s obviously really important and I’m just he’ll take a lot of confidence and love from that.”
“We’ve got quite a few months until Sandro can play in a competitive game but he’s training well every single day,”
“We’ve been working with him to make sure when he does come into the team he’s ready and can go out there and show all the Newcastle fans what a top player he is.”
Tonali was seen having a good game of darts last week with his teammates.
Next season with everybody fit again we’ll have central midfielders Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Joe Willock, Joelinton, Lewis Miley, and Sandro Tonali.
But we think this summer’s transfer window will see Newcastle sell some of their players as they try to strengthen the overall squad ready for the coming season.
What do you think?