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Newcastle: Eddie Howe must unleash Alexander Isak against Wolves

Newcastle United will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the 2022/23 Premier League campaign as they travel away to face Wolves this afternoon.

They have picked up five points from their first three matches in the division and now come up against a team without a win.

Eddie Howe’s side come into the game off the back of a 3-3 draw with champions Manchester City, along with a 2-1 win over Tranmere in the League Cup in midweek.

The Magpies were dealt an injury blow in their last top-flight outing, though, as Callum Wilson suffered a knock that will keep him out of action for a couple of weeks.

One player the head coach must now unleash for this match against Wolves is centre-forward Alexander Isak, who signed from Real Sociedad earlier this week.

The Sweden international is set to be eligible to face Bruno Lage’s team and the injury to Wilson could open the door for him to make his full debut.

Chris Wood is the only other natural striker option but his record of two goals in 20 Premier League appearances for the club since joining from Burnley in January, with one of those coming from the penalty spot, and only created one ‘big chance’.

Isak could come in and offer more in front of goal at the top end of the pitch. Radio presenter Kev Lawson recently claimed that the attacker has been described as a “unicorn” because of his mixture of size and quality.

Howe also hailed the attacker in the announcement of his arrival at St. James’ Park, saying: “He is an outstanding talent who is capable of making a big contribution to the team. He is technically very good, with a mix of attributes that will complement us, but he is also at a great age to grow with this club.”

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The striker, as club legend Alan Shearer put it, can “cause havoc” with his movement and has shown that he can produce quality in the final third.

Isak scored seven goals and created seven ‘big chances’ in his last 28 La Liga starts for Sociedad since the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign. That came after he found the back of the net 17 times and provided three ‘big chances’ in 2020/21.

These statistics suggest that he could be a big upgrade on Wood in terms of both scoring goals and creating opportunities for his teammates, which is a view that may also be shared by the club given that they have lavished out a record £63m fee for his services.

Therefore, Howe must unleash the £120k-per-week menace to replace Wilson as the starting number nine for this match.

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