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St James' Park to host Women's cup tie, new commercial partner, latest South American transfer gossip

Matt · Tuesday 15th November 2022
St James' Park to host Women's cup tie, new commercial partner, latest South American transfer gossip


Cup tie confirmed

  • After beating Hull City 2-1 in the Women's FA Cup First Round, the Lasses will face Barnsley at home on Sunday 27th November
  • The fixture will take place at St James' Park at 2pm, replacing the league match against Bradford City which was initially scheduled
  • May 2022 saw the first Women's match at the club's home ground, when 22,134 spectators saw Becky Langley's side beat Alnwick Town 4-0
  • Tickets are on sale at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions
  • Newcastle Fans TV's match vlog from the Hull game, including highlights:

Latest transfer links

  • The link to Velez Sarsfield's Máximo Perrone continues, this time coming from Argentinian sports page Diario Popular
  • According to transfermarkt.com, the 19-year-old defensive midfielder has a market value of 8.5million Euros and has featured 33 times for Velez in all competitions, scoring three times
  • He has also featured for Argentina at youth levels, including for their Under-20s in a friendly against USA
  • His club side's most recent campaign was a poor one, finishing 26th out of 28 teams
  • Meanwhile, other target - Andrey Santos of Vasco Da Gama - has spoken about his future in Brazilian outlet Globe:
“(I am) happy for everything that is happening, the result of a lot of work, everything happening naturally. My parents and my manager filter me, I know that everything will go at the right time for my dreams to come true. But there’s nothing for now. It will be a year of a lot of delivery, let’s fight at the top, do everything to get winners and let it be a brilliant season. I hope to continue helping.”
  • Santos is a Brazilian centre-midfielder who has played 34 times for Serie B side Vasco, scoring 8
  • Elsewhere, Italian journalist Mirko Do Natale has again linked is to Shakhtar's Mykhailo Mudryk, though states no offers have been made
  • Laughably, Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move to the Toon but Eddie Howe played it down in October:
"We’re trying to provide long-term growth, we’ve got a longer-term vision. At the moment, we have quite an ageing squad, so we probably need to invest in more young players. That’s probably a big part of our progression, really.

“We need to get the average age down, so it might not be a signing that we would necessarily look to make – but not under-estimating the quality of the player.”
  • Finally, Luke Edwards claims in a Telegraph article this evening that "the club’s hierarchy are sticking to the plan to achieve gradual and sustainable growth," meaning it is likely that "the next wave of major signings will wait until the summer."

New commercial deal

  • United's inventory of commercial collaborations has continued, with the club now joining up with Monster as their energy drink sponsor
  • Monster becomes the latest partner since the takeover, following e-commerce giant Noon and hair clinic specialists Dr Cinik, as well as local construction firm Straightline, who became the Lasses' shirt sponsor
  • Recently-instated Chief Commercial Officer Peter Silverstone said:
"Newcastle United is on an exciting and ambitious journey to grow our global reach and fanbase. On this journey, we are eager to align with partners that share our global growth ambitions.

Mid-season reviews emerging

  • Pod on the Tyne offers its mid-season review
  • Gallowgate Shots' mid-season review
  • At the interval; according to the form tables across Europe, Newcastle are alongside Napoli, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG and Barcelona
  • The Athletic's summary:
The player of the year so far is… There are a lot of candidates. Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, Joelint …No, hang on, I can’t just list out the entire team. So here’s to a run of seven goals in eight games, eight in total this season and a giant raspberry to Jack Grealish. “Playing like Almiron?” If only you could, Jack.

Who has it all to prove after the break? In the context, the tone of this question feels wrong, but Alexander Isak has only started three games since his £62million signing from Real Sociedad last summer. His return from injury should be fun.

Overall grade: A++ with gold stars

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