According to The Athletic, Eddie Howe will target ‘technically proficient players’ in the January transfer window as he looks to improve our ability to keep possession.
The same article states that the new boss sees the centre of defence and midfield as two key areas to strengthen, while superior full-back options and back-up in attack could also be targeted.
Our lack of pace at the back has been clear for some time, however it’s our lack of ball-playing defenders that could cause the biggest issue if Howe plans to implement a possession-based style of play.
We also lack real quality in midfield – Shelvey is capable but too much of a luxury – while we are only ever an injury away from being left short in attack, with us often over reliant on Wilson and Saint-Maximin.
Here’s a snippet from The Athletic’s piece, reacting to Amanda Staveley’s vow to spend in January:
‘Newcastle’s owners are expected to release tens of millions in funds and Howe, during his interviews ahead of being appointed, identified crucial areas of the squad to strengthen.
Midfield and central defence are understood to be two key positions that Howe wants to augment, with a lack of dynamism in both. He wants to improve Newcastle in possession and so he will target technically proficient players.
Full-backs may also be sought, particularly if Howe reverts to a back four, while back-up in attacking positions would also be welcome.‘
If these are the four areas Howe looks to strengthen in the new year, with a focus on technically gifted players, who would you like to see us bring in?