One area in which the club could upgrade in is their options in the wide areas, as they currently have a number of players who have struggled in those positions.
Howe must now reignite the club’s interest in Villarreal attacker Arnaut Danjuma this month as the winger arriving at St. James’ Park could allow Fraser to depart.
The Daily Mail recently claimed that Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Everton are among the clubs keen on a deal for Danjuma, who is available on a loan deal due to a ‘breakdown in relations’ with some of his teammates.
This indicates that the Netherlands international could hit the ground running, which is ideal for a January signing with no pre-season to work with, as he already has a relationship with the manager and knows how the boss wants to play football.
Although Danjuma has struggled at times this season, with two goals and zero assists in six La Liga starts, the 25-year-old’s form throughout the 2021/22 campaign suggests that he could be a big upgrade on Fraser.
Danjuma’s form for Villarreal in 2021/22 and his pre-existing working relationship with Howe suggests that he could make an instant impact at Newcastle and improve their options out wide.
The gem, who ex-Premier League striker Kevin Phillips lauded as a “nightmare” for defenders, could offer far more than Fraser does in the final third and allow the Magpies to ditch the Scottish international by replacing him with the Dutch dynamo.