Newcastle United v 1860 Munich: Pre-Season Friendly


Five things we learned from Newcastle's friendly defeat against Mainz

Newcastle United lost 1-0 to Mainz in their latest pre-season friendly.

It’s the first time Eddie Howe’s side have lost this summer, having previously beaten Gateshead and 1860 Munich.

The result and performance should serve as a wakeup call for the Magpies, who were very disappointing against the Bundesliga side.

With that in mind, here are five things we learned from Newcastle vs Mainz

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Lack of quality out wide

Newcastle United are trying to sign a winger this summer, and the game against Mainz proved exactly why. We saw four players operate out wide throughout the 90 minutes, and Allan Saint-Maximin was the only threat. And even he wasn’t at his best.

Ryan Fraser saw a lot of the ball in the first half but failed to do anything with it, while Jacob Murphy was anonymous. As for Miguel Almiron, he played with endeavour and pace but struggled in the final third.

Newcastle need more quality out wide. Luckily, the transfer window is still open.

Quick restart punished

Eddie Howe wasn’t happy with the speed in which Newcastle were restarting the game against 1860 Munich. We were too slow from free-kicks and throw-ins.

There was a clear effort to quicken things up against Mainz, and it ended up costing us. Kieran Trippier’s quick free-kick was intercepted early in the second half, and allowed the German side to score the only goal of the game.

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Newcastle need to up their tempo in possession, but must not leave themselves exposed.

Only one midfield place is available

Based on the Mainz performance, there is only one midfield place available.

Bruno Guimaraes is a guaranteed starter, while Joelinton looks like the same beast he was last season. Therefore it’s been Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock for that final position. Or perhaps there is one more contender…

Elliot Anderson making a case

The second half was really disappointing for Newcastle, but Elliot Anderson was the one bright spark. He was really impressive against Mainz.

For a man so young he’s composed in possession, and is physical enough to deal with the rigours of senior football. He certainly got kicked a few times.

The 19-year-old was a danger in possession, and sent a message to Eddie Howe with his performance.

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Striker required

We’ve missed out on Hugo Ekitike, and it looks like we’re missing out on Armando Broja. However, we still need a striker.

Chris Wood started against Mainz, and was somewhat underwhelming. You can never fault his application or work rate, but he rarely looks like scoring.

Hopefully Callum Wilson can stay fit, but not signing a suitable backup option would be a real risk.

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