Newcastle switch information
Eddie Howe has had a irritating interval within the final week or so, with a 1-0 defeat at house to Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League damaging their hopes of reaching the knockout phases. Not solely that, however the 2-2 draw away to Wolves within the league on Saturday was disappointing, contemplating Newcastle took the lead twice, and there may be additionally the matter of getting to simply accept that Sandro Tonali has been banned for 10 months for betting offences.
Whereas the Magpies’ squad is filled with nice choices nowadays, whether or not or not it’s Sven Botman on the again, Bruno Guimaraes in midfield, or Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson in assault, it could be a shock if the January switch window handed with none signings being made. Midfield seems like the first space to concentrate on, contemplating the absence of Tonali for the remainder of the season, and varied names have been thrown into the hat as potential decisions.
Now, one other particular person has emerged as a switch goal for Howe’s facet – one who’s at present plying his commerce overseas and enhancing his status.
Newcastle need Exequiel Palacios
In response to a recent switch declare from TNT Sports activities [via Sport Witness], Newcastle are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Exequiel Palacios in January. The Magpies are considered “significantly contemplating the chance” of creating a transfer for the 25-year-old, however they are not the one Premier League who’re concentrating on him, with Manchester Metropolis and Aston Villa additionally within the combine. It’s seen as a “tantalising alternative” for Palacios, when it comes to transferring to arguably the perfect league on this planet, however it stays to be seen if Leverkusen will sanction his exit.
This could possibly be a extremely thrilling piece of enterprise by Newcastle in January, with the defensive midfielder somebody who’s a key a part of a powerful Leverkusen group below Xabi Alonso – one which at present sits prime of the Bundesliga, having solely dropped level of their first 9 matches. Palacios’ statistics sum up how essential he’s for his facet, contemplating he has began eight of their 9 league matches, scoring twice and aiding thrice within the course of.
There’s additionally the small matter of him successful the 2022 World Cup with Argentine final yr, and whereas he was removed from a key starter within the competitors, he nonetheless appeared in three video games total. Alonso himself is clearly an admirer of Palacios as a participant, hailing his affect after getting back from the World Cup and saying:
“Pala is again from the World Cup, he’s been enjoying at a superb stage for 2 months. The nice enchancment of the group has come, largely, due to the step ahead that Pala has made in his recreation.”
Leverkusen will little question be determined to retain their participant’s companies, so it will not be simple to strike a deal – the lure of becoming a member of European champions Metropolis is also nice – however Palacios may assist fill the Tonali-shaped void, and extra.