Newcastle United backed to make transfer approach amid ‘predictable’ criticism

All the latest news surrounding Newcastle United as Eddie Howe’s men look to move on from their cup final defeat.

Newcastle United are now preparing to return to Premier League action after the weekend’s heartbreaking Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester United.

Eddie Howe’s men could not get the better of an in-form Red Devils side, but fans left Wembley proud of what they club achieved in reaching the final. Preparations now begind for this weekend’s tough Premier League clash with Manchester City, with the Magpies facing a tough test to overcome their poor recent league form.

In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding St James’ Park.

Maddison latest

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update in Newcastle’s potential move for James Maddison this summer.

“Then a creative midfielder. There is a player they really love who is James Maddison who is doing very well with Leicester,” Romano told the House of Champions Podcast. “He is a player they always had on top of their list and I am sure they will try again before the summer. I don’t know how much competition there will be because this kind of player is always on the list of big clubs, but Newcastle will be there.”

Maddison has been linked with Newcastle in the past, but Leicester have been determined to keep hold of their midfield stat up to now.

Richards claim

Newcastle have been branded ‘predictable’ by pundit Micah Richards after their defeat in the final.

“I thought Newcastle were excellent until Man United’s first goal,” he said on Sky Sports. “That took the wind out of them a little bit and then they got the second goal just six minutes later. At that time, you could just see the belief drain out of them a little bit.

“The game was quite scrappy at times and I thought Newcastle were going to be nervous but it turned out they weren’t. I just think Newcastle, at times, you know what they’re going to do. Almiron is going to come from the inside, Trippier is going to go down the right-hand side and get in a cross, Saint-Maximin was brilliant in flashes but again, we talk about his end product and he did some lovely skills past Dalot and you’re thinking ‘he’s going to put it away.”