After losing the FA Cup to Cambridge, Newcastle has a new transfer priority as a change of plans is required.
NEWCASTLE United need to sign a new striker, as their FA Cup loss to Cambridge United demonstrated.
Newcastle had already had a dreadful Saturday.
It got even worse after that.
Callum Wilson’s calf injury will keep him out for at least eight weeks, it was revealed less than two hours after their FA Cup third-round defeat to Cambridge United at St James’ Park.
Wilson was forced off against Manchester United on December 27 after collapsing while in possession, and Howe has admitted that Wilson will be out for the next two months.
Newcastle will be without their top goalscorer, who has six of the club’s 18 goals in all competitions this season, for at least seven Premier League games.
Newcastle’s need for a new striker to replace Wilson was made abundantly clear against League One Cambridge, and the news arrived shortly after.
Newcastle failed to score despite having 23 shots on goal against their lower-league opponents, though visiting goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov stood strong at the end to deny Joelinton brilliantly after earlier thwarting Jacob Murphy.
Newcastle would have won if Allan Saint-Maximin, Murphy, and Ryan Fraser had led the line instead of Allan Saint-Maximin, Murphy, and Ryan Fraser, who all had spells as the team’s centre-forward.
Newcastle squandered a number of chances, and they cannot afford to do so again in their remaining 19 Premier League games, or they will be relegated.
On Saturday, new Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan sat in the directors’ box with Amanda Staveley, and he must now recognize the critical need for a new striker.
“We lacked that killer instinct that every team needs,” Howe said.
When you don’t put the game to bed, you’re always leaving yourself open, and one of those moments cost us the game.”
The club is currently looking to sign both Diego Carlos of Sevilla and Sven Botman of Lille as centre-backs.
Of course, Newcastle’s center of defence is a major source of concern, as they have conceded 42 goals in 19 games, the worst record in the division.
They’ve also only had one clean sheet all season.
Nonetheless, given the challenges they face.
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