Newcastle United will look to continue their rebuild under Eddie Howe in the summer with their latest transfer link involving the Everton and England striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, for a hefty sum that could rise to £50 million.
The Magpies have looked vastly better since they spent £91.8m in the January transfer window, bringing in the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Dan Burn, as they battle it out for a top ten finish after looking certain for relegation earlier in the season.
With this turn in form in mind, they will be looking to continue on this run of good form by continuing to invest in the team in the summer in order to break the top ten and push even further to challenge for a European spot in the coming seasons.
They have been linked to a number of players so far this season but the latest reports suggest they are interested in signing Everton’s Calvert-Lewin who has hardly featured this season but is a standout striker in the league when fit.
We here at TIF look at two of the knock-on effects of their pursuit of the 25-year-old man…
Howe will be buzzing
Firstly, signing a striker like the Everton man would massively bolster Howe’s strike force, and as an attacking manager, he would surely love the chance to work with a prolific goalscorer like Calvert-Lewin.
Despite not playing much this season, only making 15 appearances in the Premier League for the Toffees, he was one of the best strikers in the league during the 20/21 season where he played 39 games across all competitions. In this time he bagged 21 goals and five assists, better than current strikers Callum Wilson and Chris Wood whose best return in the top flight stands at 15 goals and 10 assists and 13 goals and three assists.
He brings the finishing prowess of Wilson and the aerial threat of Wood into one package that would allow them to use either one or both of the current choices from the bench to deepen the squad which is essential in today’s Premier League.
Wilson has recently turned 30 and has endured several injuries over the last two few seasons which has seen him miss 35 games in this time.
Calvert-Lewin is only 25-years-old and despite missing a large chunk of this out through injury, this is the first time he has missed substantial time in his Premier League career.
With Wilson’s age and consistent injury issues, it is possible this will only get worse over the next few seasons so a replacement will be needed very soon.
Newcastle need to look to the future rather than getting players in that can bail them out of a relegation battle, we think Calvert-Lewin is this man as he has a lot of time left to continue to develop and play alongside the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimaraes, along with their other possible additions in the summer, there’s no reason why he could not turn back into his former self and even beyond that in the Toon.