Newcastle United are currently enjoying a remarkable start to the new Premier League campaign, with the Magpies having found themselves firmly in the mix for a Champions League berth with just a game left to play until the World Cup break.
While all is well for Eddie Howe’s men at present, the Tynesiders could well be in need of further additions if they are to maintain their top-four push in the New Year, with a repeat of the success of last season’s January window potentially what is needed.
One man who has been tipped to make the move to St James’ Park when the market re-opens is Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, with PIF reportedly willing to fork out around £40m to prise the United States international from west London.
The American sensation – who made the move to Stamford Bridge back in 2019 on a £58m deal – is seemingly unhappy with his lack of game time with the Blues at present, having been tipped for an exit over the summer amid reported interest from both Newcastle and Manchester United.
The 24-year-old was restricted to just 13 starts in the top-flight last season – albeit while still scoring six times – having fallen out of favour under former boss Thomas Tuchel, although the subsequent appointment of Graham Potter has done little to change the player’s fortunes, making only three league starts so far this term.
That lack of involvement has been somewhat puzzling such is the playmaker’s obvious talent, having looked “very dangerous” – in the words of one source – on what was a rare start during Wednesday’s defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
Even amid the £150k-per-week gem’s current struggles, his overall record at Stamford Bridge stands at a respectable 47 goal involvements in 132 games across all fronts, having also been a “magic” presence for his country, according to journalist Maximiliano Bretos, with 21 goals in just 52 caps to date.
Affectionately dubbed ‘Captain America‘ by supporters, Pulisic will be looking to impress for his national team again in Qatar in the coming weeks, having been described as the “catalyst” for his side by USA boss, Gregg Berhalter.
The addition of the diminutive ace could well help to provide further balance to Howe’s attacking lineup, with the Chelsea man able to solve the issue on the left flank, with Allan Saint-Maximin having been plagued by injury, while Jacob Murphy has just one goal this season.
That arrival could well help to shoulder the burden on current talisman, Miguel Almiron, with the resurgent Paraguayan having been in truly lethal form in his right-wing berth, scoring eight goals in just 14 league outings so far this season.
To have two such creative talents on the flanks could well be a real asset for the Magpies, helping to offer a more varied threat from either wing to pose even more problems for the opposition.
Adding Pulisic into the forward line alongside Almiron and Callum Wilson – who has six goals in ten games this season – could well be the extra sprinkling of magic that Newcastle are in need of.