After Eddie Howe’s FFP warning, Newcastle can reach an exciting January deal at no cost. Eddie Howe is pessimistic about Newcastle United’s ability to add players in January.
Newcastle’s Eddie Howe
According to Eddie Howe, Newcastle won’t make any acquisitions in January (Image: Getty)
This January, Newcastle United and Feyenoord may yet agree to a recall for Yankuba Minteh, a young player who is now on loan. With Eddie Howe acknowledging that permanent acquisitions will be impossible before the end of the month due to Financial Fair Play constraints, the brash winger might offer the struggling Magpies a much-needed boost.
“We’re not closing the door on anything,” Howe stated on Friday, presenting a dismal outlook for his team’s transfer prospects. “But as I sit here right now, we won’t be inviting anyone inside. But as the window develops, that can alter.
“I think there’s a lot of value [in loans]. The question of whether it has value that we can use is very different. I doubt that many clubs would be willing to assist us at this time.”
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Important players Sandro Tonali is serving a lengthy ban, Joelinton has recently been ruled out for the next six weeks, and key players Nick Pope, Joe Willock, Sven Botman, Harvey Barnes, and Callum Wilson have all missed a significant amount of time due to injuries this season.
In an attempt to relieve some of the strain on his already small roster, Howe was questioned late last year about the prospect of calling up Minteh from a loan at Feyenoord in the Netherlands.
“We are unable to remember him,” he said. “However, it is possible that we could reach a consensus with both the player and the club to terminate the loan in January.” There isn’t a clause. Just like we do with every player we loan out, we’ll make a choice regarding him. We like him, and he definitely possesses the necessary athletic profile.”
Shortly after turning eighteen, Minteh made his senior debut at Danish side OB. His efforts in the previous campaign persuaded the Magpies to spend £7 million on a permanent transfer, and he has since kept up his good work while on loan in the Eredivisie.
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The 19-year-old Minteh has embraced the task, having contributed to five goals in just over 500 minutes of league play in addition to an equalizer at Celtic in the Champions League last month.
Having never played for Newcastle previously, his potential recall to St James’ Park would have to wait until the end of Gambia’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, but it might have the same effect as a new signing.