Newcastle United are ‘looking at’ the possibility of signing a midfielder this summer, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.
The lowdown: Shelvey injury
Following the cruel injury suffered to Jonjo Shelvey which has ruled the Englishman out for the first half of the 2023/23 campaign, the Magpies are somewhat lacking in the midfield department.
The 30-year-old suffered a hamstring tear during pre-season and his absence has left Eddie Howe with only Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock and transformed ex-striker Joelinton as central midfield options.
As a result, one well-informed onlooker has now stated that Newcastle chief Dan Ashworth could be set to re-enter the transfer market for another possible signing…
The latest: ‘Looking at that position’
He said: “Just from the noises that I’m hearing in the background, I think they are now actually looking at that position as a result of Shelvey’s injury.”
The verdict: Options available
Going into the campaign with only the aforementioned options would be a huge risk for Howe, particularly with the likes of an unproven Elliot Anderson (at top-flight level, at least) as a backup to the frontline quartet.
Both of those have been blooded in the Premier League and would therefore be ready-made to slot into the Tynesiders’ starting XI, ideal for a team looking to build on a strong end to last season.
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