Newcastle: Who We Could Sign In January

Written By Alex Blowers on December 30, 2021 - Last Updated on January 4, 2022

We are days away from the January Transfer Window opening, and Newcastle are expected to be one of the most active clubs in the market. The Magpies are second from bottom in the Premier League, and their new Saudi owners – the richest in the game – are working with new manager Eddie Howe to identify targets who can strengthen the squad in their fight to avoid relegation.

Naturally, transfer gossip columns and clickbait websites have gone into overdrive linking every player and his dog with the club. My favorite absolute BS story so far is Erling Haaland, HAHAHAHA! As a Newcastle fan, I would love to see it but let’s be real it’s probably never going to happen, and certainly not next month or this summer.

It’s pretty pathetic some news outlets take the time and effort to post this utter trash.

Newcastle have appointed former Celtic and Reading director of football Nick Hammond as a temporary consultant. Reports suggest he won’t be recommending players but instead will advise the hierarchy on how transfer negotiations are generally conducted and guidance on drawing up contracts.

This is a smart move as the owners have no experience running a club or how the world of soccer works. I would hate for us to get taken advantage of paying over the odds for bang-average players who suck the club dry for the next three or four years on fat contracts. I would rather see us get relegated and overhaul our squad with young, hungry players full of potential who can grow over the next three seasons.

I think we should strengthen with six or seven that are a combination of young talent we can develop and experienced Premier League players who can join on loan temporarily. We can overhaul the squad in the summer when the market is more stable, and we know what league we’re playing in.

Let’s check out Newcastle: Who We Could Sign In January.

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NEWCASTLE CURRENT XI

Below is Howe’s favored starting eleven based on appearances. I’d argue Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, and Martin Dúbravka are the only proven Premier League players we have. Joesph Willock and Jamal Lewis have potential. Joelinton has been impressive recently as a box-to-box midfielder destroyer but needs to prove he can do it regularly.

That leaves four positions we need to prioritize strengthening. Now Wilson is unavailable for several months after tearing his calf in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United; we need to sign at least two strikers to fill the goalscoring void.

Newcastle: Who We Could Sign In January

PLAYERS AVAILABLE IN JANUARY

Here’s my breakdown of the players we’ve been heavily linked with since the takeover.

CENTER BACKS

Nathaniel Phillips – The 24-year-old is ready to leave Liverpool in search of regular first-team minutes, and I think he would be a great fit at our club.

James Tarkowski – The Burnley center-back has six months left on his contract and is ready to move on. I can’t see Sean Dyche allowing one of his key players to join a relegation rival. If this move happens, it will be in the summer.

Ben Mee – His contract also expires in the summer. At 32-years-old Mee’s best playing days are behind him, and again Dyche won’t want to sell to a rival.

Sven Botman – The 21-year-old has been heavily linked in recent months and screams of being our Vincent Kompany, who joined Manchester City at a similar age. Botman plays for Lille OSC, who struggled in the opening stages of this campaign. Last season’s Ligue 1 winners have turned their form around and are unbeaten in their previous 11 matches, winning seven and drawing four. With a Last 16 UEFA Champions League tie against Chelsea coming up in late February, I think he will see the season out with his current club.

Matthias Ginter – The German international announced on Instagram his intention to leave Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer when his contract expires. If Gladbach decides to cash in, he could turn up at St. James Park, but I think he will see his contract out and weigh up all options available before choosing his next club.

Nathan Aké – Manchester City’s fourth-choice center-back has made 12 appearances this season. With the current Premier League leaders competing on three fronts, he will stay till the summer.

Niklas Süle – The Bayern Munich player is 6’5′, stacked, and blessed with pace hitting a top speed of 34.8 km/h in February 2019. He is currently third-choice center-back and has also been used at right-back, making 21 appearances. I can’t see this move happening with Bayern, one of the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League.

Joe Rodon – The Wales international is looking to escape his Tottenham nightmare and is a much more realistic option who could provide backup at a reasonable price.

FULLBACKS / WINGBACKS

Kieran Trippier – The England international is ready to return to the Premier League after two and a half years with Atlético Madrid. At 31-years-old very few clubs are willing to pay the wages we are offering, putting us in the driving seat. He has previous with Eddie Howe, who signed him for Burnley back in 2011.

Lucas Digne – A recent fallout with Rafa Benitez has led to the Frenchman becoming available. With Chelsea and Inter Milan interested, it will be difficult to convince him we’re the best option available.

MIDFIELDERS

Georginio Wijnaldum – Our former player has struggled to nail down a starting spot at Parc des Princes and spoke out about his frustration in November. With L’Équipe reporting dressing room unrest between PSG‘s French and South American contingents, a return to Tyneside could be very appealing.

Denis Zakaria – Like Ginter, he announced his intention to leave Gladbach in the summer when his contract expires. I’m a massive fan of Zakaria and would love to see him join our club, but I think he waits until the summer to see all options available.

Ross Barkley – The 28-year-old has made four starts this season and spent the last campaign on loan at Aston Villa. It’s safe to say it’s not going to happen for him at Chelsea, and with only a few years left in his career, it’s time to move on. I could see a six-month loan deal with an option to buy if Newcastle stays up.

Boubacar Kamara – The Olympique de Marseille midfielder has six months left on his deal, and Newcastle are preparing a $13.5 million bid. With interest from Juventus, Manchester United, Roma, and other European clubs, St. James Park will be a difficult sell.

Aaron Ramsey – Injuries and a different manager every season have prevented Ramsey from finding consistency at Juventus. At 31-years-old and on a staggering $540k a week, he’s too pricey even for Newcastle and will see his contract out in Turin.

ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS

Phillippe Coutinho – As soon as the takeover was completed, everyone joked Coutinho would be our Robinho signing. I don’t think he’s cut out for a relegation battle, and we should wait till the summer.

Dele Alli – If Howe can get the best out of him, he would be a great signing. But I think he will have better options available.

Jesse Lingard – After impressing at West Ham, Manchester United convinced Lingard to stay with the promise of more minutes. That hasn’t happened, and another loan deal is on the cards this January. With The Hammers being a Top Four rival, it’s unlikely he will be allowed to rejoin, making us a strong contender for his signature.

STRIKERS

Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang – Dropped from the squad and stripped of the captaincy; it’s fair to say his Arsenal days are over. A player of his stature and contract size makes a permanent deal difficult in January, and a six-month loan deal could suit all parties. Aubamayang gets minutes, Arsenal gets his wages off the books, and Newcastle gets a proven Premier League goalscorer.

Odion Ighalo – The Nigerian international impressed during his loan spell with Manchester United and could have a similar impact at Newcastle. A solid backup option if the other deals fall through.

Anthony MartialRalf Rangnick revealed Martial asked him to leave in January. I think Martial wants to cut ties with the Premier League and move to LaLiga or Seria A.

Luka Jović – I made this shout on the High Press Pod months ago, and I can see this happening in the summer when Kylian Mbappé completes his move to Real Madrid.

Edward Nketiah – The Arsenal youngster, has six months left on his contract and would be an excellent option to add depth to our squad. If we were relegated, Nketiah would be more than capable of getting goals in the Championship.

NEWCASTLE DREAM BEST XI

If Newcastle were willing to break the bank, this is the team I would select from the players available in January. I would prioritize Tarkowski because he improves our backline and weakens one of our rivals – all’s fair in love and war. Botman is a player we can build our future around, and Phillips’s experience at Liverpool will have a positive impact on our dressing room.

Digne and Trippier will be massive upgrades on the flanks. Zakaria and Wijnaldum energy would be great in a double-pivot. Lingard’s direct style of play would compliment Saint-Maximin’s dribbling skills, and Aubamayang is a risk worth taking. We need to focus on beating the teams around us, and Auba would massively improve our chances in those matches.

Newcastle: Who We Could Sign In January

NEWCASTLE LIKELY BEST XI

Realistically, I think Newcastle will take a cautious approach signing three of four starters and pad out the squad with a few backups. Many media outlets are reporting that Trippier’s deal could be completed this weekend, and Phillips makes a lot of sense. I think Lingard and Aubamayang will join on six-month loan deals and leave their respective clubs in the summer.

Rodon, Ighalo, and Nketiah are good backup options, and I think we have a chance of convincing Alli or Barkley to join.

There’s every chance I’m completely wrong, and I’ll revisit this post and my predictions on the High Press Pod in early February. Please hit me up on Twitter @AlexJBlowers with your thoughts on who we will sign.

Newcastle: Who We Could Sign In January

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