I spotted four things while training Newcastle United ahead of the crucial Watford match

Chris Wood has joined his Newcastle United teammates in their preparations for the mega match against relegation rivals Watford.

The Magpies could pull themselves out of the bottom three by defeating Claudio Ranieri’s side at St James’ Park on Saturday.

United were forced to settle for a point in the reverse game in September after rejecting a handful of chances in a 1-1 draw.

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However, the Magpies will have to banish the Devils from last week’s shock FA Cup defeat to Cambridge United in League One.

Kieran Trippier is expected to make his Premier League debut in black and white, while Wood is also likely to start after she picked him up in Thursday’s training session.

Here are four things we learned from the recent training fair in Newcastle.

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Signing the second Magpies team in January wasted no time working and training his teammates for the first time.

Chris Wood hits the ball during the Newcastle United training session on January 13, 2022

Wood is expected to lead the streak against Watford in the absence of Callum Wilson and Dwight Gale.

And footage published by the club showed the efficiency of the new striker in laying him off with colleagues such as Alan Saint-Maximin.

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Just as Jamal Lewis got the chance to play for the first team after months of being on the sidelines, the Northern Ireland international suffered an injury setback.

Jamal Lewis during a Newcastle United training session
Jamal Lewis during a Newcastle United training session

The 23-year-old was forced to leave early during United’s defeat to Liverpool in December, with Howe admitting he was not expecting to return in the “foreseeable future”.

However, the club’s gallery of photos shows that Lewis appears to have joined his teammates in full training, although it is unclear at this point if he is ready for the pick this weekend.

Anderson trains

Wood’s arrival could signal Newcastle’s first exit out the window, as promising teen Elliot Anderson tends to make a temporary departure.

Elliot Anderson during a Newcastle United training session
Elliot Anderson during a Newcastle United training session

Luton Town have been closely associated with the 19-year-old, with Hatters coach Nathan Jones confirming the attacking midfielder is an important player in this window.

However, Jones insists there is no close deal at this point, and Anderson continues to work with the first team.

The return of Lascelles and Dummett

As it stands, Newcastle don’t seem likely to secure the central defenders they crave in time to score against the Hornets.

Emile Crafth was assigned as central defender alongside Fabian Schar due to the defeat to Cambridge, while Federico Fernandez’s continued absence indicates his continued absence due to injury.

Jamal Lascelles during a training session for Newcastle United
Newcastle upon Tyne, England – JANUARY 13: Jamal Lascelles during a Newcastle United training session at the Newcastle United Training Center on January 13, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

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Howe didn’t name a center back off the bench for a third-round loss, so the return of Paul Dummett and Jamal Lascelles would be a boost.

The academy graduate is still likely far from making a comeback as he has yet to stand out this season, making the captain the most likely candidate to earn a call-up.


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