Newcastle United could battle for two-time Champions League winner, Magpies enter race for £20m ace
The Magpies’ 1-0 win over Leeds United saw them head into the competition’s mini-break with just a one-point gap preventing them from escaping the relegation zone, and their game in hand on the 17th place Norwich City could well see them doing just that.
Eddie Howe’s side will return on February 8, when they host Everton at St James’ Park. When the two sides last met in January 2021, Newcastle picked up an important 2-0 victory at Goodison Park, with Callum Wilson scoring both goals as the side ended their five-game losing streak in Premier League.
Meanwhile, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer backed new signing Kieran Trippier to become the club’s future captain, and said: “I thought he looked absolutely stunning against Jack Harrison, whose confidence was really high after a hat-trick.
“He never kicked them. His positioning throughout the game, I think, was superb, both offensively and defensively. Everywhere he went, if he got behind him, he blocked him, one on one, it was no problem. There was simply no way past him. Quality in the future. Everything about his game was superb.
“For me, he is the future captain of Newcastle United. I have no doubt that he will be the captain of Newcastle.
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