The Magpies have brought in Matt Targett, Sven Botman, and Nick Pope so far, whilst they are also closing in on the signing of Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.
Eddie Howe has been at St. James’ Park for less than a year but he is quickly reshaping the squad to suit how he wants the Toon to perform in the Premier League.
Club captain Jamaal Lascelles revealed earlier this year that the aggressive, high-pressing, style of play is because of Howe’s coaching and the way he wants the team to train and play.
The former Cherries boss wants his side to press the opposition and get up in their faces to create counter-attacking opportunities for players with pace – like Allan Saint-Maximin – to make the most of.
Dan Ashworth could now land the manager a dream signing for his Newcastle team by snapping up Conor Gallagher from Chelsea.
The Magpies are one of the clubs, alongside Crystal Palace and West Ham, interested in signing him on a permanent deal.
He is reportedly valued at £35m and his attributes and age could make him the perfect addition to the club’s midfield options.
Mike Stavrou, back in April, noted that the England international is “relentless” in his pressing, whilst former Sheffield United attacker Mark Duffy described him as a “pressing machine” whilst backing him to be a fantastic signing for Liverpool – who reached the Champions League final last term.
This is backed up by his statistics in the Premier League as he averaged a whopping 24.72 pressures per 90 over the last 365 days – placing him in the 93rd percentile among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues.
Along with being perfectly suited to the manager’s style of play, Gallagher has also shown that he has the quality on the ball to punish teams in the top-flight. Last season, he chipped in with eight goals and three assists whilst on loan at Crystal Palace and this shows that he can provide end product after winning possession back.
At the age of 22, he would also come in as a player Howe can work with over the course of a number of years. The head coach can help him to develop and hone his skills with the aim of ensuring that he fulfils his potential and becomes a great player for the Toon.
Therefore, the Chelsea dynamo would be a dream signing for the manager as he is a talented, Premier League-proven, prospect, who would slot straight into the way he wants the team to play.