The time for Newcastle United to become a soccer powerhouse is long overdue in the eyes of many of their supporters. The injection of incredible wealth into the club and the appointment of Eddie Howe has the Magpies dreaming of Champions League qualification this season.
During the summer, they began to spend large amounts of money to catch up with the league’s other huge spenders, such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. They splashed the cash on some huge names, including Bruno Guimarães and Alexander Isak.
In addition, players that were already proven Premier League quality, like Callum Wilson, have begun to perform to the best of their ability. Wilson has been fantastic this season and will likely continue to play with serious confidence, given his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad. While England are not considered favorites regarding World Cup odds and predictions, Wilson’s inclusion in the squad will inject even more confidence into a team already firing on all cylinders this season.
Eddie Howe will be looking to take advantage of the excellent run of form that Newcastle has enjoyed and will likely be looking to inject even more quality into the team. Reports have linked American captain Christian Pulisic with a move up north. The tricky winger may find some competition, though, as it is a position on the field where Newcastle possesses strength. His value could increase further if he can inspire America to a positive World Cup run.
Almiron is another player that Howe has performing at career-best levels. He recently picked up the Premier League’s player of the month award and cemented his place in the starting 11. Despite the obvious quality that Pulisic possesses, he will need to prove himself on a Newcastle United team pushing for Champions League qualification.
The American superstar is the most expensive North American footballer of all time. His blistering start to his career in Germany for Borussia Dortmund highlighted just how much of a precocious talent he is. However, following a series of new managers and unrest at his current club Chelsea, there are considerable whispers that he is looking for an exit from the West London club.
If the rumor mill is anything to go by, Pulisic could cost the Magpies between £40m to £80m. Money is no longer an issue for Newcastle United, who are now the richest club in soccer. However, this doesn’t mean Eddie Howe will want to waste it on every player that becomes available. He has implemented a style of soccer and a system that works incredibly well on the northeast coast of England. He will be mindful of bringing in players who disrupt that ambience in the dressing room or who do not fit into this system.
Despite coming with a hefty price tag, Pulisic is a player that still has a lot of his best years ahead of him. He needs a manager that can harness his ability and have him produce quality attacking play on the field again. Eddie Howe could be the man for the job. After winning Championship manager of the decade, taking Bournemouth from the fourth tier of English soccer to the Premier League, some people raised their eyebrows at his appointment.
This wasn’t because he isn’t a good manager, but because Newcastle could afford to bring on any manager in world soccer. The aim of the game is to operate smartly. Just because a billionaire has purchased your club doesn’t mean you are guaranteed success. The best example of this is Everton, who has blown over half a billion pounds on a team that has somehow managed to get worse.
The new Newcastle United owners, and Eddie Howe, will have noted this and learned not to blow money on players that can’t gel together. Pulisic will need to fit into the culture, but how much they are willing to pay may be an open-ended question. Especially given that the new owners are set on success and will leave no stone unturned in their quest for silverware with The Magpies.
There were rumors that Howe’s appointment was a stopgap to steady the ship. However, with the team looking increasingly likely to qualify for the Champions League, they may stick with him for longer and give him a chance to prove himself with some big signings. It is unlikely that Newcastle United will underpay for Pulisic. They will likely ensure they negotiate a fair deal for the American if they are serious about acquiring his services.