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Newcastle United round-up: Injury update; Clark discusses Benitez absence; New sleeve sponsor

Jake Jackman




Newcastle United have been given an injury boost ahead of this weekend’s trip to Swansea City. Francisco de Miguel Moreno was standing in for Rafa Benitez at the pre-match press conference and the Chronicle report the following quotes from the Spanish coach:

“Chancel is not too bad. Reading the newspaper, it seems like it was a bad injury. Today we don’t think so. The assessment is quite good. DeAndre is working very well – he is working hard to get to the game. He has been training fully in the last three or four (sessions), so I think he has a good chance to come to the game. Lejeune, as well. They are both in the same situation.”

The news regarding Mbemba is positive as it was feared that he would miss a significant portion of the season. Lejeune and Yedlin are arguably first-team starters when everyone is fit, which means that the squad will be stronger for their return. It would be a risk to bring both into the starting eleven on Sunday, but they are both likely to feature.

Ciaran Clark has emerged as one of the most important players in the Newcastle squad since joining from Aston Villa. He spoke to the press ahead of the trip to Swansea and admitted that it was business as usual for the players, despite the absence of Benitez.

“Obviously, we hope Rafa can be back soon but we are getting on with things and working hard. We’re focused on the game on Sunday. We will just go out there and do the things we’ve done since I’ve been here. The coaches put on a session and we know what we need to do. We know what we need to do, we go out there and do our jobs.”

It will be a huge blow if Benitez isn’t back in time to take his place on the touchline against Swansea, but the players can deliver without him. The manager’s health issues could motivate the team to get a positive result for him. They know the system and know what it expected of them. It won’t be an easy game, but they have the quality to take something from it.

The club have now announced their sleeve sponsor for the season as they have agreed a deal with MRF Tyres, according to the Chronicle. The Indian company will now be on all kits this season and this is seen as a good deal for the club as India is a growing market. After it was agreed that Premier League clubs could have a sleeve sponsor, it was important that the Magpies found one as it is a key revenue stream.

Newcastle haven’t been as effective as they could be when it comes to commercial deals. They are not one of the top clubs, but they are in the Premier League and need to take advantage of that brand as much as they can. Supporters will be hoping that this has brought in revenue that could later be used in the transfer market, as the club were short on funds during the summer.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Newcastle United fans divided after Nicolai Jorgensen performance

The Danish striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Mathew Nash



Denmark played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in the World Cup this afternoon. A controversial penalty was converted by Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak to give the Socceroos a deserved draw against their European opponents. But the opening goal of the game might have been one of the best in the tournament so far.

Christian Eriksen smashed home a delicious left-foot half-volley to give the Danes the lead. However, it was the assist from a Newcastle United target that had fans talking on social media.

Nicolai Jorgensen played a brilliant reverse pass into the path of Eriksen. The Feyenoord striker has long been linked with Newcastle United. Over the weekend The Sun reported that Newcastle would need to pay £20 million for the player.

Newcastle were previously linked with the player in January, with a £15 million bid being rejected.

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That interest appears to have continued and it is easy to see why. Jorgensen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals in 45 games.

But there is also a case suggesting he is not worth the money. He scored just 13 goals last season and against Peru in the opening game of the World Cup he struggled.

It is clear that scoring goals is not really his specialty. His link-up play is brilliant but some Newcastle fans feel he would simply not score goals in England.

Here is how Newcastle United fans reacted to his display…

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Newcastle should move for Senegal star M’Baye Niang

Newcastle are looking for attacking additions this summer.

Jamie Watts



Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And a new target should emerge from yesterday’s World Cup clash between Senegal and Poland.

The Africans surprisingly came away as victors, having been helped by two massive defensive errors from the European outfit, with Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

Torino striker M’Baye Niang proved to be a thorn in the side of Poland all game, landing the man of the match award, as his pace and power proved too much for Thiago Rangel Cionek and accomplished right-back Lukasz Piszczek to deal with.

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His shining moment came in the 60th minute, when he returned onto the field of play from injury and promptly latched onto a poor back-pass, eventually rounding the out-rushing Wojciech Szczesny and slotting into an empty net – notably scoring his first ever Senegal goal with his first shot on target.

And Newcastle should be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old throughout the tournament. Current targets such as Salomon Rondon and Jordan Ayew are underwhelming for fans and Rafa Benitez could look to make a statement by bringing in the former Watford loanee.

His physicality and raw speed suit the Premier League to a tee, and given regular playing-time the forward could become a sensation in England. However, he has recently agreed to join Torino on a permanent basis, meaning any deal would likely be a loan deal at the moment. A deal is still possible though, as Niang will be likely play second-fiddle to Andrea Belotti next term.

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Newcastle United should rekindle Miguel Layun interest after stunning World Cup performance

The 29-year-old was wanted by Newcastle last summer.

Mathew Nash



Mexico caused a World Cup shock yesterday, defeating reigning champions Germany 1-0 in Moscow. It was a fantastic performance by El Tri, who decimated the world champions with a fearsome display of counter-attacking football.

There were many performances that caught the eye, with Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Hector Herrera all outstanding. But former Watford man Miguel Layun also put in a tremendous display.

It was one which will hopefully see Newcastle United rekindle their efforts to sign him.

Playing on the right-hand side of midfield he was a constant thorn in the side of Marvin Plattenhardt for Germany. Meanwhile, his impressive ability to work up and down the pitch the entire game left Julian Draxler completely nullified.

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Currently contracted to Porto he spent the second half of last season with Sevilla, who have a permanent deal lined up. However, last summer saw Newcastle linked with a move for the player.

Valued at £6 million, Rafa Benitez is reportedly a fan and wanted him to help their survival hopes last term- as reported by Record, among others. No deal ever came off but 12 months down the line Newcastle should try again.

Layun proved against Germany just how impressive an athlete he is. The 29-year-old is also extremely versatile. Capable at both left and right-back, on either wing or even in central midfield he would solve many problems for Newcastle United.

With Sevilla dawdling over a permanent deal for the Mexican the Magpies should consider coming knocking once again.

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