Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe pulled off a great escape to avoid relegation in the 2021/22 campaign after taking over from Steve Bruce.
PIF opted to back their man in the transfer market and splashed the cash in the January window to improve the squad, with the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier, among others, coming through the door.
Sporting director Dan Ashworth could now find this season’s catalyst, a Bruno 2.0, by bringing James Maddison in before the deadline next month.
“James Maddison is obviously one that they keep knocking on the door for.
“Typically, I guess you might think James Maddison is a central player, but I think Newcastle think he might be able to do a job out wide.
“I think that there are lots of options for Newcastle to ponder at the moment.”
Ashworth must work his magic to get a deal over the line for the English magician because he has the ability to potentially win the club enough points to push them into the top-half of the table.
In the Premier League last season, he racked up a whopping 12 goals and eight assists in 28 starts – averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.32. If you placed him into the 2021/22 Newcastle squad he would be top of all three of those statistics – including players with 10+ appearances.
His knack for scoring and assisting goals on a regular basis in the division would make him a standout in the Magpies squad, as illustrated by the statistics last term. Therefore, he could take the team to the next level by helping Howe’s side to win more matches with his goal contributions.
This means that he could come in and make a big impact on the team, much like Guimaraes did in January, and that is precisely why Ashworth must swoop to bring him to Tyneside.