Five players Newcastle United should sign in the January transfer window
Written by Sam Allton on 17th December 2021
Newcastle United’s season has been bleak, to say the least. After failing to win a Premier League game until the 12th game of the season, The Magpies have found themselves in a relegation scrap. With a tough Christmas period it remains clear that Eddie Howe will have to recruit some reinforcements to save Newcastle’s season.
Here are five players NUFC should sign to save them from relegation.
The England full-back is the most likely to sign out of the five, with rumours already spreading that Eddie Howe wants Trippier to sign as soon the transfer window opens on January 1 and it’s not difficult to see why. Trippier would bring a lot to the right-back position. His ability to deliver great crosses into the box, to defend against quick wingers and his set-piece speciality would offer a lot more of a threat to the NUFC squad than what they currently have.
Central defence is arguably the weakest position in the Newcastle side. Having one of the worst defensive records in the league, it’s the most important position and should be the first looked at by Eddie Howe in January. The perfect candidate to fill that role would be Wolves captain Conor Coady. He would bring stability and leadership to the shaky backline of Newcastle whilst bringing an ability to play out from the back with his fantastic range of passing. It may take a lot for Wolves to let him go. If Newcastle were able to do it, they would have a brilliant defender with his prime years ahead of him.
After falling out of favour at Manchester United and with his contract coming to an end, Jesse Lingard would be a fantastic addition to Newcastle’s attack. The attacking midfielder would bolster Newcastle’s midfield and would pose more of a threat going forward. With the form of Joe Willock dropping off, Lingard would fill a much-needed hole in the midfield and could form a very good partnership playing just behind Callum Wilson.
With the defence worries a common theme for the squad, another central defender Newcastle should target is James Tarkowski. The Burnley man is known for his towering presence and exceptional tackling skills, and with his contract coming to an end very soon it would be a vital signing in Newcastle’s bid to shore up the defence.
The marquee signing, Sven Botman, would likely be the most expensive signing out of the five, however has the most potential, with the 21-year-old Dutch defender already regularly starting for LOSC Lillee. Similarly to Coady and Tarkowski, Botman would bring a much needed defensive presence to Newcastle and will only get better as he matures.