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Newcastle United owners now realise have to make these 2 signings this week – Report

1 week ago
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The Newcastle United owners are now determined to make these two signings before next weekend.

The Athletic reporting on Monday morning that ‘well place sources’ have informed them that the defeat to Cambridge has significantly helped in terms of realisation that signings need to be made ASAP.

Chris Waugh of The Athletic, says that the two signings at the top of the list that the Newcastle United owners are now totally committed to trying to bring in before this key Watford match, are a central defender and a striker.

Waugh says that the events of Saturday have ‘focused minds’ within the boardroom, as to the need for strengthening the current team / squad as early as possible in this window.

Newcastle United Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan was at the Cambridge match and elsewhere it has been reported that watching the game was secondary to his prime reason for being on Tyneside.

That more important reason being to discuss with other NUFC directors what their approach should be to the remaining three and a bit weeks of the January transfer window.

Many Newcastle fans making the obvious point, that the fact the Governor of the Saudi Arabia PIF was at St James Park in person, can only be seen as a positive in terms of understanding the urgency of the situation.

The Athletic report that overall, Eddie Howe wants to add to the Kieran Trippier signing with a left-back a midfielder, alongside two central defenders and at least one striker.

After Saturday’s defeat, Eddie Howe gave an update on Callum Wilson’s injury situation:

“He [Callum Wilson] had a scan yesterday [Friday] because there was a slight doubt over his initial scan and so we needed to let it heal a little bit first.

“We think he is going to be out for around eight weeks.”

Realistically, that means Callum Wilson is set to miss at least around half of the remainder of the season, so as the man from The Athletic says, at least one striker urgently needed as a bare minimum.

Yet again Saturday showed that apart from Wilson and to an extent ASM, Newcastle’s squad are totally devoid of goalscorers. Plenty of chances created in the first half to have had the game won before the break but the finishing generally woeful, whilst 35 crosses went into the box and yet invariably there was nobody there showing any determination to get on the end of them. Indeed, I can only remember the very final chance of the game when in injury time a cross led to Joelinton’s header bringing a great save from the visiting keeper.

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