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Newcastle: Eddie Howe must unleash Matt Targett

Newcastle United return to action in the Premier League tonight as they welcome Everton to St. James’ Park in search of getting back to winning ways.

The Magpies failed to extend their run of wins to three matches in the division as they held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Eddie Howe’s side had beaten Fulham and Brentford in the two games prior to that but were unable to find a way past David De Gea, although they are now five matches without a defeat in the competition.

They now come up against an Everton side sitting one point above the relegation zone. Frank Lampard’s men have only won two of their ten outings in the Premier League and Newcastle should be looking to pick up all three points against the Toffees.

One player who struggled in the draw with the Red Devils was left-back Dan Burn. The former Brighton man has been shifted out on the left and away from his more natural centre-back role and he looked out of his depth at Old Trafford.

Burn, who journalist Ciaran Kelly once dubbed a “colossus“, lost six of his seven individual duels – including all six of his ground battles – and only completed 11 passes (14 attempted) in 78 minutes on the pitch.

As per SofaScore, he failed his only attempted dribble, did not provide a single key pass, and did not complete any tackles in his time on the pitch and Howe must now unleash £15m signing Matt Targett ahead of him at left-back.

The former Aston Villa defender could be a better option than his compatriot in terms of what he can do in possession of the ball, as he has the quality to put in teasing deliveries from out wide.

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Targett has created seven chances for his teammates in four Premier League starts, playing eight times in total, this season. This comes after he created five ‘big chances’ and managed 1.2 key passes per game in 33 top-flight outings in the 2021/22 campaign for Villa and Newcastle combined.

These statistics show that he could provide the likes of Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron was good service into the box from a wide area, whereas Burn failed to show any signs of doing that against United.

He has also completed 12 tackles in that time and this shows that he has the defensive awareness to be solid at the back, as he has been able to regularly dispossess opposition players.

Therefore, the £35k-per-week dynamo is not a liability defensively and he has plenty to offer as an attacking threat from left-back, which is why Howe must unleash the gem – who he once dubbed “fantastic” – against Everton.

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