The summer to-do list at NUFC as new owners enter mammoth few months

It’s been an incredible eight months on Tyneside, seeing us go from Mike Ashley, Steve Bruce and impending relegation to ambitious new owners, Eddie Howe and only narrowly missing out on a top 10 finish.

2022 has been a year to remember so far, and it looks set to go from strength to strength as we approach what promises to be a huge summer off the field at St James’ Park.

Here, we look at some of the issues that need to be addressed and key moves our new owners – alongside new sporting director Dan Ashworth – could and should make over the coming months.

1. Add quality in attack

If Callum Wilson stayed fit, I’m confident he’d score between 15 and 20 goals in a ever-improving Newcastle United side that will be looking to break into the top 10 and beyond this coming season.

However, in his two full seasons on Tyneside, he’s only played 44 Premier League games out of a possible 76. He’s reliable in front of goal when fit and an absolute handful too, but his battles with injuries mean we must sign at least one striker this summer.

Dwight Gayle needs to go and Chris Wood is likely to take up the sort of role Daryl Murphy took in the Championship from this point onwards, so signing a senior striker alongside the young and versatile Hugo Ekitike could be a vital move to add guaranteed goals to an attack that tends to look a little blunt without our current number nine.

A quality right winger capable of delivering big numbers could also transform our forward line and take us to the next level, with links to Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby and Leeds’ Raphinha pointing to exactly what we need in that area of the pitch.

2. Shift deadwood and sell smart

There are too many players currently on our books who are either not good enough, way down the pecking order or long-serving pros who need to move on for everyone’s sake.

The likes of Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle need to go, whilst it may be the right time for Isaac Hayden, Federico Fernandez and Karl Darlow to depart after all three have found game time hard to come by at stages of their career where they’ll want to be playing.

Not only would this raise funds – albeit not much – it would create space for new signings, bring the wage bill down and avoid awkward decisions for Eddie Howe when he comes to select his 25-man squad ahead of the new 2022/23 season.

We’ve rarely sold at the right time in recent years, so selling smartly will also be key, with the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Freddie Woodman striking me as players who could be worth moving on this summer. Miguel Almiron is another, with some of the best soccer betting sites in the USA backing him to return to the MLS if there’s no takers in Italy, Spain or England.

On the flip side, selling Allan Saint-Maximin isn’t something I’m keen on unless someone arrives with silly money. This particular exit rumour isn’t one I’m enjoying as I feel he needs a full season under Howe and still has so much to offer, so hopefully some clarity can be offered on his future ASAP.

3. Secure sponsorship deals

It’s easily forgotten given how much this area of the club was neglected by Mike Ashley, but securing lucrative sponsorship deals will be key to our spending – both this summer and in future transfer windows to come.

Who knows who they’ll strike deals with – Saudi Golf have been mentioned after CEO Majed Al Sorour joined the board last month – however this could take our finances to the next level, enabling us to show ambition in the transfer market while staying within FFP regulations.

5. Sign a top centre-back

Dan Burn has been outstanding and Fabian Schar has been superb since Howe came in, but it’s been clear for several months now that we’re looking to bring in a quality centre-back.

Diego Carlos has gone to Aston Villa and it remains to be seen who’ll win the race for Sven Botman, who appears to be our top target in this department.

Whether we end up with the latter or have to look elsewhere, this is an area where fresh blood, athleticism and the ability to carry the ball out of the back would be much welcomed.

Not only would an injection of class help us play the Eddie Howe way, we may need more than one new centre-back if the likes of Fernandez, Clark and Lascelles move on.

6. Support Elliot Anderson’s development

It was always clear from U23 games I attended that Elliot Anderson had something special, but his loan spell at Bristol Rovers made so many sit up and take note of the 19-year-olds talent!

He is a special player who must be managed carefully over the coming months. Howe will almost certainly hand him a chance to impress over pre-season, so it’ll be very interesting to see what comes next.

If he’s loaned out again, we must find the right club at the right level, especially when too many of our youngsters have endured damaging and poorly thought out moves away in recent years.

If he stays, a path to regular game time must be clear, as it could harm him, not help him, to spend most of the season sat on the bench, albeit it at Premier League level.

7. Discover more Bruno’s

Last but certainly not least, it would be great to see the club use Bruno Guimaraes’ arrival as a blue print for future business.

By that I mean targeting young gems who have bundles of quality and bags of character who buy into this exciting new project at St James’ Park.

The Brazilian wants to become a ‘legend’ on Tyneside. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring in others who arrive with his passion, spark and determination to take the Premier League by storm in a black and white shirt!

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

188 thoughts on “The summer to-do list at NUFC as new owners enter mammoth few months

  1. There’s an awful lot of good players surplus at PSG. Probably at other big clubs too!

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  2. I’m laughing at that latest article with Joelinton calling for Neymar to join us – isn’t that the fans job??? 😂😂😂

    …. Could he though???? 🤔😦🤔😦

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  3. Hmm 6 goals 1 assist for Soton
    15 goals 8 assists for Anderlect
    3 highest (behind Haarland and Vinicius Jr) goal contributions in his age group
    Yer I’ll take Zirkzee over Broja

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  4. Maybe it’s the giddy young fan in me, but I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that we could take Neymar on loan at least – but it looks like Poch is leaving & it would depend what the new manager wanted.

    It was Arab money that took him to Paris – could Arab money bring him to Newcastle. What a party that would be!!.
    He would without question be the superstar & it would take 1 outstanding game and he’d be idolised – something he’s never fully experienced at either Barca or Paris.

    I’m pretty sure the Saudi would help continue to grow brand Neymar & he’d get regular first team football before what might be his last WC.

    All that said, I’m quite sure the PSG owners signed him as part of their WC plans – so sending him to a Saudi team might not be very likely?!.

    But money talks, and we have plenty – so I would discount nothing.

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  5. Prem – to be fair though Zirkzee was playing for probably the best team in a very average league, whilst Broja was playing for a below average team in the best league in the world – so it’s not really fair to judge them on stats.

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  6. Given that we are looking for a striker with big numbers in him, then I’d rather go with someone who has delivered than one who so far only looks average.

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  7. Prem – Again using my own criteria, that’s Neymar playing for the best team in a good league. He’d be joining a decent team in the best league – but I still think he’d make a good contribution at 30 – on and off the field

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  8. There is no doubt that Neymar would improve the team.
    He would be a statement signing.
    I would prefer Diaby, Paqueta, Sangare and Ekitike/Zirkzee for the long term
    But hell’s teeth, what a statement

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  9. Prem – I’m playing devils advocate a bit here coz I’d prefer Zirkzee too I think, but in truth I’d be happy enough with either.

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  10. Trouble is I can’t put smily’s in my comments.
    I know who I want, and I’m starting to trust the judgement of our recruitment team so I’ll take whoever we get.

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  11. Prem – I agree. I’d favour Paqueta and Diaby for longer term.

    But Neymar on a season long loan would be one hell of a party!!.

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  12. Turns out Trump is even crazier than I thought.

    Mad as a March hare wearing tartan speedos and pink socks with a gun in each hand.

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  13. At the summit, the US TV were rightly making fun of BoJo’s hair saying it looked like he cut it himself. But then, there was Trumpy – who had the worst “barnet” in the history of “barnets”.

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  14. I think someone said about Trumpy’s hair that a ginger feral cat once crawled up on his head and decided to lay down on it for 20 years.

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  15. This bl00dy site isn’t updating again!!. The last comment I can see is mine talking about Big Joe courting Neymar 😡😡😡

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  16. I can see you
    Eriksen on a free is still ongoing apparently. Once that is settled one way or another we will know our budget going forward

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  17. Sharpy17:
    This bl00dy site isn’t updating again!!.The last comment I can see is mine talking about Big Joe courting Neymar 😡😡😡

    Moving to new site management on Monday, so will raise it with them immediately. Sorry it’s taken so long – the site being hacked and us moving to a new company has complicated matters, but still poor that current team haven’t dealt with it. They’ve been asked to do so on several occasions.

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  18. Prem – part of me wants Eriksen to stay at Brentford – something would just feel right about it after they gave him the opportunity.

    But if he’s hell bent on leaving them then I’d defo like him at Newcastle.

    Get him now on a free & spend the money on Diaby and a CF. Then next season go get Paqueta.

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  19. Eriksen would be amazing, but I have a feeling he’ll stay at Brentford or maybe go back to Spurs? I’d love to see him in black and white though, and get rid of the red and white stripes! 😂

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  20. It is quite funny that Olly is getting criticised for passing on information that a giant 6-5 Dutchman might struggle with some tiny, nippy strikers. I can name a few that even Paolo Maldini and Bobby Moore might have a tough time against:

    Diego Maradona
    Peter Beardsley
    Gianfranco Zola
    Sergio Aguero

    Need I go on 🙂

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  21. I forgot Leonel Messi who supposedly was put on growth hormones when he was a kid.

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  22. According to the papers Barca are looking to offload Óscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig to make space in their squad.
    Oscar is a 22yr old right footed CB and Riqui is a 22yr old midfielder.

    Both Spanish U21s and Oscar has made us debut in the senior team too.

    If we could get both for around £20m, I think they would be excellent additions.

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  23. Hate to say it but £60m for Richarlison does us nee favours.

    Way over priced!! – how much is Diaby now??.

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  24. Sharpy
    We have a lot of pensioners in RCB and CM who wont get much game time
    Replacing them Óscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig would make sense.
    All we have to do is sell 8 players that nobody wants
    How much better than Kell Watts and Elliot Anderson do you think they are?

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  25. Prem – Kell is left footed, Oscar is right, so I would put them against each other – they would be the younger pairing coming through.

    I’d also put Anderson in the pool of attacking midfielders with the likes of Murphy, Miggy, Fraser, ASM.

    Riqui would be in the pool with Shelvey, Bruno, Joelinton, Longstaff.

    I think Oscar could easily be better than Lascelles and less erratic than Schar.

    Riqui could easily be better than Longstaff and more industrious than Shelvey.

    They both would be worth trying out imo and even if they don’t make the first team, who give depth to our squad.

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  26. Prem – there is potential there but how many have come through our youth system compared to Barcas?.

    The fact they haven’t made it into their first team doesn’t mean they are cr@p – Dan Ashworth would be the first to know that.

    He signed Marc Cucurella at Brighton – a left back that didn’t make it at Barca. He was excellent last season & suggestions City are after him.

    I’m not saying they all turn out that way of course I’m just saying their level of coaching so far will be far superior.

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  27. I don’t buy this transfer business being put on hold at all. The incoming players are still being sought, the club is more than aware of what is needed.
    If there is going to be any considerations given it will be around out going players. There will be a few training for their futures the next week or 3.

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  28. Aussie – I think what was meant by it is we know which players we want and will calmly work towards getting them. There will be no panic buying or foolishly throwing money round like Everton did.

    I think their approach to the Ekitike deal has been first class – very professional and draws a line in the sand for all agents.

    I also think the fact the director of footbal at BL is now coming out saying they would be prepared to sell Diaby – only a week after saying they wouldn’t – that speaks volumes too.

    It’s a long window and things will charge along the way. I’m sure Ashworth is the right man to have to navigate us through it all.

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  29. We still have 2 months left of this window. It doesn’t close until 11pm Sept 1.

    By then we will have been linked with every footballer on the planet, inc 16 year olds at Red Bull Salzberg and Sassualo.

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  30. Great business so far this summer. I’m actually still trying to compute us acting like a football club. A winger and a striker and we will have a great chance of top 8 imo.

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