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Pundits predict Toon win, Howe wins LMA award

David D · Friday 28th October 2022
Pundits predict Toon win, Howe wins LMA award

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Howe speaks ahead of Villa clash

  • The gaffer gave all the latest on injuries, player improvement, money, and more.
  • He watches football matches with the sound off...
  • The club isn't moving the training ground to London...
  • For all the talking points, check out our dedicated press conference roundup.

Boss wins LMA award, pundit suggests he could leave

  • Howe has claimed the LMA Performance of the Week award.
  • The win over Spurs was voted best by an esteemed panel including Sir Alex Ferguson, Howard Wilkinson, Rachel Yankey, Clare Tomlinson, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, alongside former Toon boss Chris Hughton and striker 'Sir' Les Ferdinand.
  • Meanwhile, former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott suggests Howe could walk away from the Toon for the England job.
  • “Is any Englishman able to turn down the national job when it becomes available, though? I think it would be a very tough role to reject!”
  • He does, however, think that this is an unlikely scenario.

Pundits unanimous in Toon win predictions

  • Chris Sutton has opted for a 2-0 Magpies victory.
  • Former MOTD pundit Mark Lawrenson concurs.
  • Paul Merson goes for a 3-2 Toon win.
  • Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra thinks it'll be 2-1.
  • Sky Sports' betting pundit Jones has gone for a high-scoring 3-2.

Transfer gossip intensifies

  • Outlets are still hovering around the story of major clubs being in for Bruno Guimarães.
  • With the Brazilian star happy and under contract until 2026, it would take an astronomical sum for clubs to prise him away.
  • Milan Live suggests Liverpool could offer Naby Keita as part of a deal.
  • Howe downplayed new contract talks for Miguel Almirón during his press conference.
  • Calciomercato reports that the Toon are interested in 21-year-old winger Gustav Isaksen.
  • The FC Midtylland star has been capped at U21 level for Denmark
  • A deal would cost upwards of €20m, with Arsenal, West Ham, and Milan all in the hunt.

Get behind Rainbow Laces and support inclusivity this weekend

  • Alongside all 19 other Premier League clubs, United will demonstrate their support for LGBTQIA+ inclusion at football matches.
  • Captains will wear rainbow-coloured armbands, with all perimeter and handshake boards displaying important messages.
  • You can read more about the club's ongoing commitment on the official club site.
  • Get involved with official supporters' group United With Pride and help promote inclusivity and safe spaces within football.

Wor Flags tease Eddie Howe banner

  • A new and improved installation of the 'Eddie Howe's Black And White Army' banner can be seen up in the stands at St. James'.
  • Fans are wondering if this is a more permanent resident.
  • Meanwhile, Rory Jennings — part of The Kick Off with True Geordie, suggests Wor Flags should make a giant showing of Jack Grealish on the bench.
  • The £100m star's comments seemingly provoked Wor Miggy into his monstrous early-season form, netting six goals in twelve matches.
  • Almirón now has more goals this month than Grealish does since he joined Manchester City...

Toon analysis ahead of Villa

  • Several analytical articles have dropped, while Villa caretaker boss Aaron Danks has had his say.
  • Football 365 asks the question of just when the Big Six becomes a Big Seven.
  • The piece argues that we deserve our place due to being well-run, from top to bottom.
  • Mark Douglas has focused on Eddie Howe's work to 'power a Newcastle revolution'.
  • He calls the boss 'obsessive, emotional, and exhaustive'.
  • Read the full piece here [subscriber only].
  • Villa coach Danks says his side is excited to come to St. James' to face a side that plays with 'real spirit'.
  • The beleaguered side beat Brentford heavily at home last Sunday in their first game of the post-Gerrard era.
  • According to The Athletic's Gregg Evans, incoming boss Unai Emery will watch the match but will not be in attendance.

Odds and ends

  • The Newcastle United Foundation has been nominated for the 'More Than Football Award', which recognises work in the community.
  • It is awarded by the European Football For Development Network (EFDN).
  • The Foundation will go up against FC Twente, Northampton Town, and Athletic Club de Bilbao for the prize.
  • A protest against the club's ownership is planned by supporters' group NUFC Against Sportswashing ahead of the Chelsea game on November 12.
  • Tottenham have been fined £20,000 for 'failing to control their players' in the 2-1 Newcastle win.
  • Miguel Almirón's stunning form means he is the most transferred-in player in Fantasy Premier League this week.
  • The Paraguayan flyer was added to 557,273 squads — more than double the next most popular transfer, Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.
  • Former Toon star Olivier Bernard is not having the best time of it with the team he owns, Durham City AFC.
  • The club are without a ground, winless, and with a leaky defence that has conceded 163 goals in 16 games.
  • And finally, a very happy birthday goes out to former striker Obafemi Martins. What a goal!