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Newcastle United Eager To Sign This Man City Midfielder On Loan: Decent Choice For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent report, i News claimed that Newcastle United are eager to sign Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips on loan in the January transfer window. It has been stated that the Magpies are eyeing a move to recruit the English talent on a loan deal this winter.

Phillips’ Injury Struggles In Manchester

Phillips had endured an injury-plagued spell at Man City thus far. He has struggled to nail down a regular spot in Pep Guardiola’s first XI this season. The 27-year-old has only made one appearance as a substitute for the Mancunian outfit in this Premier League campaign.

The English midfield ace is in dire need of regular game time if he wants to get his career back on track. Still, Phillips was a decent performer during his time at Leeds and could be a real asset for Newcastle in the future.

Phillips’ current deal at the Etihad Stadium will run out in the summer of 2028. Thus, it makes sense for Newcastle to try and arrange a loan move for him this winter.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Kalvin Phillips of Manchester City warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham FC at Etihad Stadium on September 02, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Will Phillips Be A Decent Choice For Newcastle United?

Phillips is a tough-tackling midfielder who can make a few timely interceptions for his team inside his half when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch.

The English talent can make a few energetic runs with the ball from midfield and has got the eye to unlock the opponent’s defence with a killer pass in the final third. Phillips mainly plays as a defensive midfielder but can also function as a box-to-box midfielder or as a central defender if needed. However, he has been quite injury-prone during his time at Man City.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe can definitely use someone with Phillips’ skillset to bolster his midfield this winter. Hence, Phillips would be a good choice for the Magpies to sign on loan in the January transfer window as he might help them challenge across all fronts in the second half of this campaign.

We can expect Phillips to add more bite and steel to Howe’s midfield department. At the very least, he will increase competition for places within Newcastle’s match-day squad. Therefore, Howe should try everything in his power to seal a loan move Phillips in 2024.

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