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Newcastle United: Fabrizio Romano reveals plans for three potential signings

Newcastle United: Fabrizio Romano reveals plans for three potential signings -Newcastle United Transfer Rumours

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Newcastle United are ‘planning’ on signing a right-back as well as one or two central defenders, including Sven Botman.

The Lowdown: Defensive reinforcements needed

The St. James’ Park faithful have conceded no fewer than 41 goals in the Premier League so far this season, by far the most in the league.

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Their 18 goals scored is actually respectable compared to some of the other sides battling relegation, and so it is clear where the problem lies for Eddie Howe.

With the financial backing of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium, it would not be a surprise to see the North East club try to recruit some new defenders in the January transfer window, but it is the quality of those players that will be questioned given the relegation fight that they find themselves in.

The Latest: January plans

As per Italian football journalist and transfer expert Romano, the Tyneside outfit are now ‘planning’ to sign one or two centre-backs next month, with Sven Botman ‘top of the list’.

They are also ‘looking’ for a right-back, which is a ‘work in progress’ as they look to strengthen their backline.

The Verdict: Needed

Practically a whole new backline is needed in order to give the Magpies the best chance of staying up, given heir poor defensive record this term.

Botman would certainly be an improvement, given that the 21-year-old ranks highly against the Toon’s other centre-half options in terms of average tackles (one) and clearances (4.6) per game in their respective domestic leagues this campaign, and also averages the most passes (60.2) at the highest accuracy (85.6%) (WhoScored), suggesting that he is more comfortable with the ball at his feet and playing out from the back.

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Changes need to be made in order to save NUFC’s season, with Jamie Carragher recently telling Sky Sports (via NUFC360) they need ‘at least’ three more defenders in January, so Romano’s update is surely music to fans’ ears.

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