Eddie Howe spoke to the media ahead of his 650th game as a manager, with his team about to face the Premier League’s defending champions Manchester City tomorrow. Regarding the milestone he shared: “I have a little smile when I hear that number because it is a lot of games, it feels like it has gone by in a flash. It certainly doesn’t feel like that many.”
Howe also revealed that his Newcastle will have to do without the services of Joelinton for at least 6 weeks, as the Brazilian midfielder has suffered another injury. The manager addressed several topics, including financial restrains and the potential of the loan market. The Magpies’ coach admitted that, even though he likes Bournemouth’s star Dominic Solanke very much, the team is currently unable to sign a player of his caliber due to financial restrictions.
⛔️🍒 Eddie Howe: “We didn’t make a move for Solanke, we can’t sign him”.
“I love Solanke, I signed him for Bournemouth and rate him very highly. But we have not made an inquiry for him and we don’t have the ability to sign a player of that level”. pic.twitter.com/nWfMEwXK20
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 12, 2024
The coach also had a few words about loan signings, revealing that there can be found quality, but he cannot see other teams willing to do business with the Magpies.
Newcastle are currently going through a tough period, having one victory and five defeats across the previous six Premier League games, The team occupies 9th position in the standings, 11 points behind the 4th-placed Arsenal.