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Newcastle United Prefers A Winter Move For This Chelsea Attacker: Howe Must Make The Call

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Pratyay Maitra
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If a report from the Sunday Mirror is believed to be true, Newcastle United are chasing the signing of unsettled Chelsea star Christian Pulisic. They are in the hunt for a wide attacker and the USMNT international tops their three-man shortlist ahead of Leandro Trossard and Jack Harrison.

The Magpies might have invested heavily since the Saudi-led takeover, but the football they are playing under Eddie Howe has impressed everyone. They are fighting for a Champions League berth and the owners are determined to continue their spending spree in the upcoming months. A plethora of names have been linked over a potential transfer to Tyneside and the January arrival of Pulisic would bolster their ‘top four’ push alongside the league’s ‘big six’.

But the Magpies are not alone in the race. Manchester United and Arsenal are also monitoring his situation at Stamford Bridge, however, their preference is a loan move for the remainder of the campaign. The Blues are inclined towards a permanent deal of around £40m, something that puts the Toon Army in the driver’s seat provided their accounts are aligned with Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Christian Pulisic

Why Newcastle United Must Rope Him In

Allan Saint-Maximin used to be the only bright spark in a gloomy Newcastle United side under Steve Bruce. But the wide attacking ace does not seem to be in Howe’s plans, most likely for his style of play that does not suit the Englishman’s philosophy and gameplan.

Although the French forward is capable of turning things around with a moment of excellence, his poor decision-making high up the pitch has often disrupted their rhythm in close contests. Jacob Murphy is now ahead in the pecking order, but his impact on the right is not as menacing as Miguel Almiron who is on fire down the left-hand flank.

Pulisic had an excellent World Cup with 1 goal and 2 assists in 4 appearances. He enjoyed a brief sparkling spell under Frank Lampard soon after plying his trade at Borussia Dortmund, but he failed to justify his potential in the long run due to form and fitness reasons.

Thomas Tuchel tried him in various roles including wingback and ‘False 9’. None, however, worked for the 24-year-old American who continues to struggle for minutes under new boss Graham Potter. He needs a fresh start to resurrect his career and a switch elsewhere should help him rediscover his lost status. Newcastle must grab this opportunity and tie him down in due time.

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