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How Newcastle United could lineup next season

In the summer transfer window, Manager Eddie Howe will look to strengthen his squad for next season whilst also look to retain some important players.

Newcastle United sit 6th in the Premier League and have European football in their sights.

With three games to play Newcastle have their own fate in their hands. They are two points clear of both Chelsea and Manchester United, their rivals for a 6th placed finish in the Premier League.

A place in a European competition could be the difference in who stays and goes, with that in mind, this is how Newcastle could lineup on the opening day next season:

Assuming Eddie Howe sticks with his 4-3-3 system:

Goalkeeper- Giorgi Mamardashvili

The Georgian international has been rumoured to have been on Newcastle’s raar since the start of the 2023/24 season. He plays for Valencia in La Liga and is regarded as one of Europe’s best up-and-coming goalkeepers. Mamardashvili has kept 30 clean sheets in 90 games and at 23-years-old, the 6ft 6’ keeper could be a viable option for Newcastle’s present and future.

Right back- Kieran Trippier

Since signing for Newcastle in January 2022, the 33-year-old has endeared himself to the Geordies. Trippier’s contract runs out in summer 2025 so it is possible that he is sold but Eddie Howe has spoke very highly of him in the past: “He’s been outstanding both on and off the pitch, showing real leadership at a difficult moment when he first arrived. I can’t praise him enough for everything he’s given the club.”

Centre back- Tosin Adarabioyo

Adarabioyo, currently at Fulham, is a defender with great pace which is something that Newcastle’s centre-backs lack. The 26-year-old will provide solid competition and cover for Fabian Schar, whilst also having the quality to replace him should he leave when his contract expires.

Centre back- Sven Botman

Signed from Lille in summer 2022 Botman played a crucial role in the side that achieved Champions League football last season. He has made 53 appearances for the club and having sustained a knee injury it id unlikely that he will move club in the summer. At 24-years-old, the club will be keen to keep around for the future also.

Left back- Lewis Hall

Despite not seeing much game time since his arrival on Tyneside, the 18-year-old has shown himself to be a quality defender when given the chance. Originally a loan signing, the defender sealed his £35 million move from Chelsea after his performance based requirements were met. There will be more to come from Hall.

Midfield- Bruno Guimaraes

“Bruno” is loved by all Newcastle fans. His passion and quality is something fans haven’t seen since the days of “the entertainers” and  the club is sure to do all they can to keep him.

Midfield- Joelinton

His physical presence had went very unnoticed until an injury, suffered in the Wear-Tyne derby in January, forced him out the side. Joelinton is another loved by all involved with the club despite his poor start on Tyneside under previous manager Steve Bruce.

Midfield- Sandro Tonali

Tonali signed in summer 2023 from his boyhood club AC Milan. Having scored on his debut against Aston Villa the fans were very excited to see him this season. However, as is well known, Tonali was suspended from football for 10 months in October 2023 due to a breach of betting regulations. He will be back next season to the joy of supporters and Eddie Howe.

Right Wing- Michael Olise

This would be a statement signing. Olise plays for Crystal Palace and is linked with a big move away in the summer. The 22-year-old has a £60 million release clause in his contract and there is sure to be competition for his services. He has netted nine times in 17 games for Palace this season.

Striker- Aleksander Isak

The Swedish international has been compared to footballing legend Thierry Henry because of his similar style. Isak signed from Real Sociedad in summer 2022 and has scored 30 goals in 42 games for Newcastle. The club and its supporters will be desperate to keep him.

Left wing- Anthony Gordon

Gordon became the third ever Newcastle player to hit double figures for both goals and assists in a single campaign this season. His form earned him an England call up also. At only 23-years-old, he is nowhere near his ceiling and is sure to be at Newcastle next season.