Newcastle United are expected to make some moves in the upcoming January transfer window after their bright start to the 2022/23 campaign.
This is according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has been speaking on the House of Champions YouTube channel to discuss the Toon’s January plans.
Eddie Howe’s men are exceeding expectations in the Premier League, as they enter the final game before the World Cup break in third place.
This comes after PIF’s first summer transfer window at the helm of the Tyneside club, which saw the Saudi-based owners spending over £118m.
But Romano does not expect the Magpies to rest on their laurels and will enter the January window with a winger on the to-do list of Dan Ashworth.
He said: “Players like Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes – this is how you build a project. Every window, you bring in a player of that level – and this is what I expect from them also in January: to go probably for a winger, because they wanted a winger in the summer, they were keen on signing players like Pulisic and we know that when they were exploring other opportunities around the world, but then it was not easy to find the right players.
“And then bringing in Alexander Isak was a big statement because they spent more than £60m on that striker. So I’m sure that they will be busy in January with opportunities, but I love the approach.”
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Right-wing is certainly not an area in which Newcastle have needed upgrading so far this season given the sudden resurgence of Miguel Almiron.
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However, Almiron is not a player who has shown this form over his long-term Newcastle career. Although the Toon will certainly be enjoying his run of form, there will likely be a concern he could revert back to his previous struggles.
But if Newcastle can bring in another quality right-winger, perhaps this will only help Almiron, with the 28-year-old then having to fend off serious competition from within Howe’s squad.
And with the injury issues suffered by Allan Saint-Maximin, having a serious backup to the Frenchman would be a big boost for Eddie Howe, with Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy failing to set the stage alight so far this season.