Newcastle evening headlines with Bout transfer record, Scotland’s Gordon push and Tonali options

Here are your latest Newcastle United headlines for November 16.

Scotland’s Gordon push

The Scottish FA are on the hunt for new talent and have stumbled upon Newcastle United as a potential gold mine for players on the cusp of Gareth Southgate’s England setup.

Former Magpies manager John Carver has made no secret of his desire as Tartan Army assistant to see more English talent pledge their allegiance north of the border. The coach has repeatedly jumped on the airwaves of late to discuss the prospect of snatching some unconvinced international stars – especially from his beloved club.

“If someone’s got a relation who is Scottish, then we have to look at it. It’s then down to what he decides but we are aware that these are big decisions about their future,” Carver said this week. “It’s no secret that Newcastle is my team and I watch them more than anybody. We are aware they have several outstanding players, who have never been capped by England at senior level, who qualify for Scotland.”

But who are the four Newcastle players targeted and what are the chances of convincing the quartet to jump ship?

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Tonali alternatives

While Sandro Tonali is still able to train with the Magpies first-team squad during the course of his ban, Newcastle still need to fill the void left in their midfield. Kalvin Phillips and Ruben Neves are two of the names suggested as replacements, but with Premier League clubs set to vote on loans between clubs with the same owners, that avenue looks set to close for the Portuguese midfielder.

Pep Guardiola has gone on record recently to state he wouldn’t stand in Phillips’ way if he wanted to move to the Magpies, with a loan move likely to be the best avenue for all parties. However, the England international wouldn’t be a like for like replacement.

Using Macro-Football, we’ve been able to find three lesser known alternatives that could help fill the void left by Tonali in his absence using different metrics. The offensive and defensive impacts are calculated using the player’s isolated expected goals for and expected goals against per 90, controlling for teammates, opposition players, managers, score, situation etc, scaled relative to the top five league’s in Europe.

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Bout’s record

Dutch scout Marcel Bout will soon join Newcastle United, tasked with targeting younger players who can one day knock on Eddie Howe’s first-team door at St James’ Park. “I don’t think it will necessarily impact first team recruitment, I think it is more on the younger side. It is certainly a welcome addition to the football club,” the Newcastle boss told reporters last week.

But just who is Marcel Bout and what is his track record when it comes to talent-spotting in recent years? The 60-year-old was Manchester United‘s chief global scout between 2016 and 2022, overseeing the arrival of some huge stars – for eye-watering sums of money.

Clearly it would be foolish to lay the entire blame at Bout’s door for a terrible period of spending in the red half of Manchester… but just how well did the 23 signings fare while Newcastle‘s new hire was in charge? Railston gives us his verdict.

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Keane’s namecheck

Roy Keane believes maintaining a gap over the likes of Newcastle United instead of closing the gap to Manchester City could be real ‘worry’ for Arsenal and Manchester United. The Magpies currently sit seventh in the table following their defeat to Bournemouth, with injuries and suspensions now severely limiting Eddie Howe’s options.

Manchester City remain top of the Premier League despite being held at Chelsea in an eight-goal thriller, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all in close pursuit. Manchester United moved up into sixth spot following back-to-back wins, along with Newcastle’s loss to the Cherries.

The odds are still against any club from preventing Pep Guardiola’s team from lifting a fifth title in six seasons, although Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has stood by his prediction that Arsenal would emerge as champions this term. However, Neville’s former Red Devils team-mate believes the Gunners and Manchester United also need to be focused upon keeping clear of other rivals such as Newcastle.

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