Newcastle United tried to sign a winger during the summer transfer window, but were unable to. Now they are paying the price for that failure.
The Magpies have started the Premier League season with five draws from seven games, and were particularly poor against Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe’s side drew 1-1 with the newly promoted team, despite dominating the game. Newcastle enjoyed 73% of the possession, but did little with it.
We saw a flurry of chances late in the first half, with Neto and the woodwork saving Bournemouth. But Newcastle were largely ineffective in attack, and that was partially down to a distinct lack of quality out wide.
Newcastle transfer failure laid bare as Fraser and Almiron struggle
Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron started on the flanks against Bournemouth, with Allan Saint-Maximin still suffering from injury. The Frenchman hasn’t featured since the 1-1 draw with Wolves where his Goal of the Month strike secured a point.
In his absence, Newcastle seriously lack creativity out wide. While Almiron and Fraser can both be dangerous on their day, the pair are far too inconsistent.
And they both seriously struggled against Bournemouth. They were unable to create any chances for Alexander Isak, who was an isolated figure up top on his own.
The worrying thing for Howe was that he had no other options on the bench besides Jacob Murphy, who is equally as frustrating.
Newcastle were very poor in attack, and the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth proved why they were so desperate to sign a winger during the summer.
Plenty of names were linked. Moussa Diaby was a major target but was deemed too expensive. There was also interest in Leeds star Jack Harrison but a deal couldn’t be agreed.
Given the outlay on Alexander Isak, the money was there to splash out on a winger. But instead it went on a striker, which made sense given Callum Wilson’s latest injury.
However, perhaps a winger would have been more beneficial. Newcastle have a real lack of creativity out wide when Saint-Maximin doesn’t play, and we can’t just rely on the Frenchman.
It looks like Dan Ashworth made an error not signing a winger this summer. Hopefully he rectifies that in January when the window reopens.