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What positions are Newcastle aiming for in the summer transfer window? What did Eddie Howe say? And what do the statistics say?

What positions are Newcastle aiming for?

Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie:

Eddie Howe made big changes with five new arrivals in January – and expects to make a similar foray into the market in his second transfer window in charge.

The Newcastle manager is at pains to describe the situation at the club as ‘evolution’ rather than ‘revolution’, but he knows exactly which areas he wants to strengthen.

Howe will bring in another goalkeeper, with Man Utd’s Dean Henderson at the top of his wish list.

A new centre-back will also be added, although Dan Burn will join in January and Fabian Schar will sign a new contract in May. There remains a question mark over Jamaal Lascelles’ long-term future at the club and it could well be that the club captain leaves to welcome a new centre-back. Newcastle tried to buy Lille’s Sven Botman and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos in the winter window. Expect the club to target someone of a similar ilk.

Newcastle fans are dying for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta to join the club but the club would have to spend the bulk of their budget on one player if they want to land Bruno Guimaraes’ best mate. However, it’s more likely Howe will look to play at left back and front while staying in the midfield that’s currently available to him.

Hugo Ekitike almost sealed a move to Tyneside on Deadline Day in January but decided to remain at Reims. Newcastle remain interested, but so do some of the top clubs in Europe. The teenager would demand a fee in the region of £30m but could play both on the wing and in a central striking role so could be worth the price. He’s the kind of young project signer Howe craves.

The left-back’s situation is interesting: Newcastle have an option to join Matt Targett’s Aston Villa on permanent loan for £15million, but the club have been eyeing Atletico Madrid’s Renan Lodi among others for some time and could decide to spend a little more on a more attacking one instead Option.

Newcastle spent £95m in January, there could be a similar type of spending again if they add the four or five areas outlined above.

What do the stats say about newcastle?

The Magpies appear to have done most of their work in the 2022 winter transfer window when they spent £93m on Bruno Guimaraes (£40m), Chris Wood (£25m), Kieran Trippier (£15m) and Dan Burn (£13m).

As of early January, only Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have more points, wins and clean sheets than Newcastle. Despite their incredible form, Eddie Howe will be looking to get more out of his forwards.

January signing Wood has scored just one goal without a penalty shoot-out in over 1,250 minutes of Premier League football. Callum Wilson, although productive, has started 39 of the club’s last 76 league games. Neither of them have scored 15 goals in a league season – something the Magpies would be keen to see from their leading scorer next season.

What did manager Eddie Howe say?

“I’m open-minded. It’s the right player for the position. You have to look to the future.

“I don’t think you can be blind to the fact that if you have a wrong-aged squad you can cause yourself problems a year, two, three years later. We don’t want to get into that position.

“Yes, ideally you want experience, players who have played in the Premier League other than Bruno [Guimaraes], which is neither of those things, was the right commitment for the position at the time. We will take it individually while recognizing that the club will always have a future and we need to protect it.”

What should Newcastle do this summer?

Sky Sports’ Laura Hunter:

Not the “revolution that people expect,” according to Eddie Howe. Hardly a glowing review of Newcastle’s likely transfer policy this summer, pragmatic as it may be.

Financial Fair Play (FFP) will ban Newcastle from splurging in the upcoming window despite now being one of the richest clubs in world football. They spent over £90m in January alone.

It’s clear a goalkeeper is high on the wish list, with good options in Man Utd’s Dean Henderson or Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga. There are also some disputes over attacking options – Chris Wood has yet to find his goalscoring shoes and Callum Wilson finds both form and fitness difficult to come by.

Rebuilding the squad over time and developing existing talent, along with some smart additions, should give Newcastle enough leverage to compete at the right end of the table. Surely anything less than the top half would compare to next season’s spending. However, Howe’s emphasis on “smart moves” versus a reckless spending spree should serve the club well in the long run.

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