Newcastle United are signing Sven Botman at the perfect time  - opinion


Newcastle United are signing Sven Botman at the perfect time - opinion

With Sven Botman set to be unveiled as a Newcastle United player, the hard work can finally start.

This deal has been a long time in the making, with the Magpies eyeing Botman back when Mike Ashley was owner.

The change of ownership opened the door for Newcastle to make a move, and they did just that in January. However, a fee couldn’t be agreed despite the 22-year-old wanting to make the move.

But he’s finally getting his wish, with Eddie Howe’s side beating AC Milan to the Dutchman’s signature.

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Newcastle confirmed a deal in principle on Tuesday, with the formalities set to be finalised this week. It has been reported that Botman’s move should officially be confirmed today.

Regardless, Dan Ashworth and co have got this deal done just in time.

Pre-season looms for Newcastle

The Newcastle United players will soon be returning to prepare for the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.

After a trip to America was cancelled, our friendly arrangements have finally been completed. Howe will take his side to Austria later this month, where they will play 1860 Munich and Mainz.

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The Magpies will then face Benfica before home games against Atalanta and Athletic Bilbao.

However, Newcastle’s pre-season fixtures will start with a behind closed doors clash against Gateshead on July 9th. That will be the first chance for Howe to properly put his players through their paces.

Every player will be fighting for their place in the starting XI, including Botman.

Sven Botman signs just in time

Luckily, he has arrived in time to complete a full pre-season ahead of his first campaign in England.

That will give him the chance to get to know his teammates, and adapt to how the manager wants the team to play. It will also allow Howe to assess whether Botman is ready to start on the opening weekend, and decipher who he should play alongside long term.

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The friendly fixtures will give Howe the chance to try out different combinations, and see who Botman works with the best.

That’s why it was so vital that Newcastle got this deal done early. It will be tough for Botman to adapt to the Premier League, but he is perfectly placed to make the transition.

After representing the Netherlands’ Under-21s side this summer, Botman might be given a prolonged break alongside Newcastle’s other international players such as Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes. However, that won’t hinder his pre-season escapades too much.

But whenever his break ends, Botman will be ready to hit the ground running as a Newcastle United player. The timing is spot on.

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