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Newcastle United signings – Four weeks to get them in

2 weeks ago
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All eyes are now on Newcastle United signings arriving in this transfer window.

Premier League safety was effectively reached long before the end of the season, allowing Eddie Howe and his recruitment team to know well in advance the list(s) of players they could realistically target this summer.

The Newcastle United signings needed to now progress the team / squad / club as swiftly as possible via the transfer market.

With expectations now very much raised due to the change of ownership and ambition no longer a dirty word within St James Park, fans understandably hoping for confirmation ASAP of players who will improve the first team.

Even the signing of Matt Targett for £15m (including loan fee) two days ahead of the transfer window officially open, has done little to satisfy those supporters looking for proof that this window is going to prove an ambitious one.

Having been a Newcastle player on loan these past four months, I think for a lot of supporters it almost felt like he was already a permanent signing, with his signature all but taken for granted. That confidence backed up by a belief that with Matt Targett having made absolutely clear he wanted to sign a long-term deal at NUFC, supporters thinking the only reason the Villa defender wouldn’t be bought, was if Eddie Howe believed that he would be able to buy a better option from another club.

As well as the excellent form Matt Targett showed on loan and the very reasonable transfer fee in today’s transfer market, the other massive positive with his signing, is that Targett now knows the club and his NUFC teammates inside out, so when the squad report back for pre-season he will be no different to any of the other players who were already at the club last season.

Which brings me to my key point.

I think it is laughable to see panic already from a minority of fans, worrying that there haven’t been more Newcastle United signings so far and especially concerns as to why Hugo Ekitike and/or Sven Botman haven’t yet been confirmed as NUFC players, with it having been made very public that Eddie Howe is trying to sign both of them.

However, I think there is a happy balance.

I won’t be getting stressed out if no Newcastle United signings are announced in the next few days, BUT on the other hand, I think NUFC have four weeks to get them in. The bulk of the summer transfer business. In an ideal world.

Four weeks would take us to Sunday 10 July, the Newcastle United squad will have been back for pre-season preparation for ten days on that day. With the countdown very much on for the new season.

The 2022/23 Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of Saturday 6 August and so by that Sunday 10 July date, likely to be only 27 days until Newcastle’s first match of the season.

Pre-season friendlies have already been announced for the 26th, 28th and 29th of July, only a couple of weeks after that four weeks deadline (10 July) that I’m talking about.

Whilst with the trip to America cancelled, Newcastle United are reported to be still definitely going abroad for a pre-season training camp, with that to be fitted in between Sunday 10th July and Tuesday 26th July when that friendly away at Benfica will be played.

There will likely be at least one or two friendlies included in this pre-season training camp trip and of particular importance, is that these squad trips away are seen as essential to help integrate new signings as soon as possible, help them settle in ahead of the new season.

In January, the situation meant that Eddie Howe and the owners had little choice but to go for Premier League experienced / hardened players who could immediately hit the ground running, to try and help avoid relegation. SO we saw Burn, Wood, Trippier and Targett all arrive.

The exception was Bruno Guimaraes and even though 24, already a Brazil international, with a couple of seasons playing in Europe (Ligue 1) under his belt, Eddie Howe treated his signing very differently. Instead of being thrown straight into the relegation fight, Howe waited until March to give Bruno his first NUFC start and it was April before he started a game at St James Park.

With it looking crystal clear that Eddie Howe and the owners are concentrating on young promising players from other leagues, it is even more important that they are given as much time as possible to be prepared for this upcoming Premier League season and get in tune with their new teammates. No surprise then that early solid moves have been made for both 19 year old Hugo Ekitike and 22 year old Sven Botman, trying to get deals done well ahead of the pre-season preparations starting.

I have no doubt that a number of other deals for other potential signings are already being worked on as we speak.

The clock is ticking for the club to get these Newcastle United signings over the line and as I say, for me it is a four week deadline I am looking at, for hopefully by then Eddie Howe to have added the bulk of the new players he is

Newcastle United important summer dates and beyond:

Friday 10 June 2022 – Premier League summer transfer window opens

Tuesday 14 June 2022 – England v Hungary (Kieran Trippier in squad for this Nations League game)

Tuesday 14 June 2022 – Costa Rica v New Zealand (To be played in Qatar, the winners of this one game play-off will qualify for November / December World Cup finals – Chris Wood expected to play)

Thursday 16 June 2022 – The 2022/23 Premier League fixtures released.

Friday 1 July 2022 – First team squad return for start of Newcastle United pre-season preparations (as reported by Chronicle)

Tuesday 26 July 2022 – Away friendly – Benfica v Newcastle with 8pm (local time) kick-off

Friday 29 July 2022 – Home friendly at St James Park – Newcastle v Atalanta with 7.45pm kick-off.

Saturday 30 July 2022 – Home friendly at St James Park – Newcastle v Athletic Bilbao with kick-off time to be confirmed.

Saturday 6 August 2022 – This weekend, Premier League kick off the season with 16 rounds of fixtures to be crammed in before the World Cup finals.

(Week commencing) Monday 22 August – League Cup second round matches will be played.

Thursday 1 September 2022 – The Premier League summer transfer window closes at 11pm.

Wednesday 2 November 2022 – UEFA plan to have all six group games in Champions League and Europa League completed before this date.

(Week commencing) Monday 7 November – League Cup third round matches will be played.

Saturday / Sunday 12/13 November 2022 – Sixteenth and final round of Premier League fixtures before the World Cup finals begin.

Monday 14 November 2022 – Players able to join up with national squads only a week ahead of the finals starting.

Monday 21 November 2022 – Qatar World Cup finals kick-off.

Sunday 18 December 2022 – World Cup final.

(Week commencing) Monday 19 December – League Cup fourth round matches will be played.

Monday 26 December 2022 – Full round of Premier League fixtures, the first of 22 more rounds of games to be fitted in by end of May.

Saturday 7 January 2023 – This weekend sees FA Cup third round matches played

Sunday 28 May 2023 – Final round of Premier League 2022/23 fixtures.

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