Burnley striker Chris Wood is due to undergo a medical at St James’ Park on Wednesday ahead of a £ 25million move to Newcastle and the New Zealand international is exactly the kind of player the Magpies need for move away from the relegation zone, according to Paul Merson. .
Eddie Howe’s side – who lost 1-0 at home to League One Cambridge United in the FA Cup last weekend – are currently second from the bottom of the Premier League after winning once all season, two points from safety, and face compatriots Watford at home in a crucial game on Saturday.
However, with top scorer Callum Wilson out for the next eight weeks due to a calf injury sustained against Manchester United, Newcastle – who have already signed England right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid – triggered the clause. release of Wood at Turf Moor.
This is the defining moment for Newcastle – They must have a center-forward. They can’t wait.
It’s a move Merson agrees with ahead of what the ex-Arsenal and England striker is calling Newcastle’s “cup final” against 17th-placed Watford this weekend, with the Air sports expert calling the club’s next three matches against Watford, Leeds and Everton as key to their hopes of survival this season.
Wood can hit the ground while running
They have to take their chances and hope that someone can get started.
Now to start, and I know he’s not prolific, but Wood plays every week for Burnley and he plays in the Premier League.
He knows what this league is about, and you know he will do well in this league.
It won’t be a shock to him and he will go through a brick wall for you.
That’s what Newcastle need. They need Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
They need players who are going to roll up their sleeves and not come in and be shocked at how fast the Premier League is.
No Wilson? Major problem for Newcastle
If you told me there is no Callum Wilson, I would say they have big problems.
Problem is, Wilson is back in eight weeks, but you can’t wait for him. You have to bring someone in, but if you bring someone in, you’re not going to be a two-man up front when Wilson returns.
They also talk about Dominic Solanke. He tore it up in the league but Eddie Howe got it at Bournemouth in the Premier League and they couldn’t score a goal.
Time is running out for Newcastle
Time is running out for Newcastle.
They need a striker to play against Watford on Saturday. They have to bring someone over.
They can’t wait until the end of Saturday’s game. They can’t say they’re in no rush and we’re just going to finish this game because if they lose to Watford they’ll be in big trouble. They will have even more problems than they currently are!
This is why the panic is there and why they have to bring an attacker. This is their cup final.
They don’t win this game without someone. They have to take their chances and it will be a panic buy no matter what they do, but they have to do something.
What options do they have?
Someone told me he had all the money in the world.
Take a chance and spend it, if you have all the money in the world. It’s good to go down to the locker room and try out the players. Do they think the players will listen to them?
Seriously, what is the owner going to tell them?
The only thing he can tell them is, ‘I’ll give you £ 100,000 if you keep us awake. What else can they say? They are in it now.
New owners thought it would be easy
They took over and thought it would be easy.
Trippier is a good player who rolls up his sleeves and that’s what you want, but they’re not where they are in the table because of the right-back. We never sit down watching Newcastle and moan that they don’t have a right-back.
They just made him the highest paid player of all time, so he’s setting the bar really high. Whoever enters now will be the highest paid player, then the next person, and so on.
Surely they don’t call for a center-forward and he’ll have less money than the right-back?
The next three crucial matches: they must take a bet
It’s got to the point where they just need to take a bet.
They’re literally buying someone for Saturday’s game, which is a game they have to win.
If someone shows up on Saturday and scores two goals but doesn’t score for three games, it would still have been a good deal.
It’s because they have to win this game. They have to beat the teams around them.
Forget about the top half teams. Don’t worry about them. You have to beat the teams in the bottom half and Watford is in and around them. Newcastle must win this game.
Newcastle Bread and Butter are their next three games. The next three games against Watford, Leeds and Everton are winnable. I say winnable, they only won one game all season and they were beaten by Cambridge, but the next three games are the kind of games they need to get points.
It’s been three big games, so it’s a make or break time for Newcastle. They must have a center forward. They can’t wait.
* This interview took place on January 11 before news broke about Chris Wood’s medical examination in Newcastle
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