It could be good news for one current Toon player that Newcastle United is interested in recruiting Kalvin Phillips on loan from Manchester City in January.
With Sandro Tonali slated to miss the remainder of the season due to suspension, Eddie Howe is eager to add a midfield player to his roster when the January transfer market opens.
It has been months since the Magpies signed their second-highest paid player ever, and he won’t be ready until August.
Kalvin Phillips appears to be the most likely replacement for Newcastle.
Interest in Kalvin Phillips from Newcastle
According to reports, Newcastle is optimistic that they can finalize a loan agreement to bring Phillips to St James’ Park in time for the January transfer window.
It’s also said that Man City won’t stop Phillips from joining Newcastle, which is excellent news because there was a rumor that they might not be happy to see him go to a rival Premier League team.
However, it looks like that obstacle has been cleared, and negotiations to bring the 28-year-old to Tyneside are moving forward.
Howe, who is keen for the team to add another midfield player, is overjoyed by this news. Bruno Guimaraes, who would greatly benefit from Phillips’ visit, is also the recipient of this wonderful news.
Bruno Guimaraes would benefit if Phillips signed.
Bruno has been forced to play as Newcastle United’s “number six” player since the beginning of the previous campaign. Being the deepest midfielder and tasked with defending the defense, he has been positioned in the middle of the Magpies’ midfield three.
He is indispensable in that capacity because of how well he has performed in it. When he’s not here, we are a far worse team. Eddie Howe described him as “unique.”
However, the 26-year-old’s special talents could be better utilized, and it has long been known that Bruno want to take a different job. Howe feels the same way, but since his debut season at St. James’ Park, he has never had the chance to play him as a “number eight.” As an eight, he might have a far greater impact on the game by moving up the pitch and making more dangerous plays.
Bruno will be impacted if Phillips is signed by Newcastle. Howe may now portray Bruno in a more sophisticated manner rather than having to play him as the “six.”
Phillips might be Newcastle’s sixth man. Like he did for Leeds United, he is a defensive-minded player who is strong enough with the ball to switch the play from defence to attack.
Bruno could be used more effectively, even though he has performed admirably in the defensive role. It’s obvious that Newcastle needs a more robust defensive midfield presence, so when the January transfer window opens, Phillips’ signing could be a wise move.