It’s almost Christmas yet again, and Santa is on his way. So here are five things that might be on Newcastle United fans’ Christmas lists.
A striker who can score
Poor Joelinton. Things haven’t gone well so far for the record signing. For £40 million, Newcastle will have expected more than just one goal. That’s all he’s got so far though, netting the winner away to Tottenham.
The majority of Newcastle’s goals have come from defenders, which is great for now, but it’s not the most efficient way of finding the net.
Between Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle, the goals aren’t flowing. So maybe Santa could bring us a player to score the goals we need in the second half of the season, just in case the defenders can’t continue their hot streak.
A permanent deal for Jetro Willems
Speaking of defenders who score goals, that brings us to Jetro Willems. The Dutchman has found the net against Liverpool and Manchester City, scoring two stunners with his weaker foot.
He’s been a brilliant signing on loan, and seeing him become a permanent Magpie would be a brilliant gift this Christmas.
New contracts for Sean and Matty Longstaff
Matty Longstaff is so young he probably still believes in Santa. And what will he be asking for? A new and improved contract to extend his stay at St James’ Park.
And whatever you get Matty, you have to get Sean as well. It’s only fair. Sean’s form earlier in the year attracted interest from Manchester United, and a new and improved contract should ensure the Red Devils stay as far away as possible from the academy graduate.
New kit providers
Puma have been making Newcastle’s kits since 2010, but this is their final season unless a new deal is agreed. We’ve seen some good shirts, and some really bad ones. Regardless of what you think, it seems as though Puma have gone as far as they can with the famous black and white stripes.
A new kit provider would be a lovely treat, be it a classic Adidas shirt, or even something new like New Balance. Umbro would also be a decent option, having enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years.
New owners who’ll invest in the club
If Newcastle fans could have only one thing for Christmas, it would have to be a mega money takeover.
The Bin Zayed Group reportedly came close to buying the club for £350 million, but the deal collapsed and Mike Ashley remained.
There’s been takeover talk lingering in the background, but nothing concrete. All Newcastle fans want is an owner who appreciates the club, understands what they have and has some ambition to take it forwards. Will 2020 finally bring the end of Ashley’s reign?