Eddie Howe has stated that Newcastle is committed to doing all they can to combat a suggested new Premier League regulation that would prohibit teams from acquiring loan players from affiliated clubs.
On November 21, clubs will vote on a temporary suspension that would prevent Howe from acquiring players from the four Saudi Arabian clubs owned by the Gulf kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, similar to Newcastle. This would prohibit the possibility of signing players such as Rúben Neves from Al-Hilal.
While Howe did not want to reveal the details of Newcastle’s plan to resist, he did imply that the club would oppose any changes by saying, “You can assume that.”
After Newcastle’s expensive summer acquisition of Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali, who is now facing a 10-month ban, manager Howe is eager to secure a replacement during the January transfer window. Neves, previously with Wolves, has been heavily rumored as the top candidate for the position.
According to Howe, the Portugal international was a player that we were impressed with during his time at Wolves. He expressed his disagreement with the idea that the player may not fit in with Newcastle’s energetic pressing style. Howe believes that players are capable of adjusting to different playing styles and has confidence in this player’s ability to do so.
It is likely that Howe is using Neves as a distraction while he goes after another player, but he does not want to be limited in his transfer market strategies. He stated, “We will adhere to the rules set by the Premier League and must respect them. We must adapt to any changes that occur. However, I will let you determine the reasons behind these new rules.”
As Howe got ready to go back to Bournemouth on Saturday, he appeared to be annoyed that the VAR controversy surrounding Anthony Gordon’s winning goal against Arsenal last Saturday had shifted the focus away from the impressive performance of Newcastle in their victory against Mikel Arteta’s team. Later, the Arsenal manager went on a tirade against the use of VAR, which Howe, who has a somewhat strained relationship with him, found unproductive. “The attention given to the goal overshadowed everything else,” he stated. “My players didn’t receive the recognition they earned for their efforts.”
Andoni Iraola, the manager of Bournemouth, invited Howe to his previous team, Rayo Vallecano, when Howe was in between jobs. Iraola showed Howe the details of Rayo’s intense pressing style of play. While Newcastle also plays a similar style, Howe stated that his visit was not a major turning point. He mentioned that his vision for his team’s play has developed and changed over time, but his fundamental principles remain the same. He praised Iraola as not only a great coach, but also a great person.
Newcastle is expected to play without a minimum of 10 experienced players, as Bruno Guimarães is currently serving a suspension. Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury will be evaluated, and it may result in his removal from the England team.