How Newcastle United can make up the squad after the January transfer window closes

With less than three weeks left until the January transfer window closes, Newcastle United were already busy promoting their squad in a bid to stay in the Premier League.

On Thursday morning, the Magpies announced that Chris Wood had arrived on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Burnley in a £25m deal.

It was Newcastle’s second signing this month so far after Kieran Trippier moved from Atletico Madrid last week and it may not happen there as they look to strengthen their squad.

A number of other players have been closely associated with the move to Tyneside and Eddie Howe will be keen to have more bodies pass through the door before the second half of the season.

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Newcastle are currently second in the Premier League and Chronicle Live has taken a look at a realistic lineup with all the players linked with a move to the club.

Goalkeeper – Martin Dubravka

One position, perhaps, Magpies won’t need to strengthen before now until the end of the month in Target.

Although Dean Henderson has been destined to join Newcastle, Howe is mired in options between the sticks and may not need another addition, with Dubravka, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman all solid options.

An excellent servant for the club during his time at St James’ Park, Dubravka has started in each of their last seven Premier League games, making some excellent saves in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on 27 December.

Defense – Kieran Trippier, Diego Carlos, Sven Putman, Jamal Lewis

After moving from Atlético, Trippier made his Magpies debut in their 1-0 FA Cup third round match against Cambridge United on the right side of the defense quadruple, and this is where he is expected to play under Howe.

Meanwhile, the center back is an area that Newcastle may need to improve given they have conceded the second-highest number of goals in the division with 42 in 19 games – only Norwich City (44) allowed more in.

Diego Carlos has been a name associated with a move to Toon recently, and it has been reported that Magpies have made a £28m bid for the Sevilla defender, which has attracted interest from across Europe.

Newcastle United are seeking to sign Diego Carlos this month.

Another talented defender, Sven Putman has been supported to join Howe’s men in the Northeast and can form a strong partnership with Carlos given that he is left-handed and presumably open to a move.

Despite currently suffering from a hamstring problem, Jamal Lewis is set to return to action in February and has impressed during Howe’s tenure, starting all four games before being injured.

Midfield – Jonjo Shelvey, Aaron Ramsey, Joelinton

Moving into midfield and arguably this is where Newcastle seem to stack well, however, the only thing they can do are some goals from that area of ​​the pitch.

Joe Willock looked like he would be that man after scoring in seven consecutive games during his loan spell last season, but he has yet to open his account after this season having made a permanent transfer in the summer.

Aaron Ramsey is the one who could move to Newcastle, and is said to be allowed to leave Juventus this month following Max Allegri’s recent comments.

The Welshman has specialized in scoring from midfield throughout his career and could form a good partnership with Jonjo Shelvey, who has shown some good marks under Howe.

Aaron Ramsey has been linked with a move to Newcastle United and is set to leave Juventus in the January transfer window.

Right before Ramsey and Shelvey, Joelinton will be in a more advanced midfield position and it’s safe to say he’s found a new lease on life since Howe arrived at Tyneside, starting in each of their last nine matches.

He’s been hired as a box-to-square that seems to fit him – scoring some impressive pressing and passing numbers from that area.

Attack – Ryan Fraser, Chris Wood, Alain Saint-Maximin

With Callum Wilson expected to be ruled out until March with a calf problem, Wood will likely lead the streak on his own until the former Coventry City player returns to full fitness.

The 30-year-old has been used as the only striker at Burnley this season and could play a similar role at the Magpies as he tries to score goals to keep them in the top flight.

Alan St-Maximin scored Newcastle’s last Premier League goal and could bid from the left flank, while Ryan Fraser would operate on the right flank.

The Magpies had the fourth-lowest goalscorer in the division with 19 in 2021/22, but this could potentially be a player up front who could help them get to safety before the final stages of the campaign.


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