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Wilson and Schär on World Cup call-ups, more Perrone links

David D · Monday 14th November 2022
Wilson and Schär on World Cup call-ups, more Perrone links

MONDAY MUSINGS

Wilson confirms illness, Schär speaks to Swiss media

  • On the Footballer's Football Podcast, Wilson confirmed his illness was COVID-19
  • Describes being initially taken aback by news of his call-up to England's World Cup squad
  • Had pencilled in 'pack for Qatar' in his diary, believed in his own ability and positivity
  • Pride at how far Newcastle have come in a year, hard work has paid off
  • Feet on the ground — knows he's not first choice, but is looking forward to bringing skills and maturity to the camp on and off the pitch
  • Would love a goal, which would be the 'pinnacle' of his career
  • Family will head out to Qatar to join him at the World Cup
  • Speaking to Swiss site 20min (in German), Fabian Schär also praises boss Eddie Howe and the work done since the takeover
  • Proud of reaching 100 games in the Premier League
  • Says he can't do anything more to displace Akanji and Elvedi in Swiss first 11
  • Looking forward to facing teammate Bruno in the group stage
  • Gives opinion on Qatar and controversies, says players are the wrong people to ask
  • Doesn't care about the tight schedule — the World Cup final is just two days before Newcastle's Carabao Cup game with Bournemouth — as he loves playing for both club and country
  • Kieran Tripper has spoken in length to the Under the Cosh podcast
  • Topics include Eddie Howe, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone, and England's chances at the World Cup

More stats, analysis, and proof we're awesome

  • Talking Tactics has broken down Newcastle's pressing in the win over Chelsea in a lengthy thread
  • The Athletic also looks at the Chelsea game through the same lens
  • Kev Lawson offers some stats to back up Chris Wood's hard work off the ball, despite not having many chances
  • EBL also goes deep on how tough we are to play against off the ball
  • Kieran Maguire highlights just how little the Toon have spent on infrastructure since 2009
  • We come in at just £8m — a massive £23m behind the next least, West Ham
  • Spurs have spent over £1.5bn, but that includes a new stadium; Manchester City have spent £421m
  • Garang Kuol has some pretty impressive stats since bursting onto the A-League scene
  • The incoming starlet has six goals, three assists, and one penalty won in just 327 minutes across 13 appearances
  • He scored a great goal to help Central Coast Mariners level against Macarthur

Perrone, Hazard, and more Brazilian transfer links

  • Young midfielder Máximo Perrone continues to be strongly linked to NUFC
  • Journalist Matteo Moretto says a €9m clause could see him join the Toon in January from Vélez Sarsfield
  • The Spanish department of StatsBomb has highlighted just how effective Perrone is as a defensive midfielder, outclassing the league average
  • Could he be the answer to freeing up Bruno from the number six position?
  • Mercado de Football report that the Magpies are keen on Botafogo winger Jeffinho
  • The 22-year-old is also on the radar of Ajax and West Ham
  • Ekrem Konur reports that Botafogo will reject offers
  • Fabrizio Romano reports that the Toon are following Cody Drameh
  • The Cardiff City right back is considered one for the future

At this point, we own teams of the week...

  • Yet again, three Toon stars make Alan Shearer's Team of the Week
  • Trippier and Botman join Joelinton following Chelsea shut-out
  • Trippier also retains his place in WhoScored's Team of the Week
  • Garth Crooks includes Pope and Tripper in his first eleven

Odds and ends

  • The U21s suffered a 4-0 defeat to Bristol City to kick off their PL Cup campaign
  • Our next match in the group stage is against Crystal Palace in a week
  • The match cam action from the Chelsea game is available now on the NUFC YouTube channel
  • Little Francesco Almirón was a star in his own right at the match on Saturday...
  • Click the link to see the full Instagram reel from Miggy's partner, Alexia