Newcastle United has announced their return to the Champions League, thanks to Saudi Arabia’s backing and the efforts of Eddie Howe. This breakthrough has resulted in significant upgrades to the team as they prepare to compete against Europe’s finest, with the summer transfer window presenting an opportunity for further recruitment. Howe has already taken steps to improve the team by adding Champions League quality talent to his roster. Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak have joined the team, but there are concerns that the latest recruitment drive could result in some of Newcastle’s current players taking a back seat.
One of the first players identified as a potential candidate for a reduced role is Fabian Schar. The 32-year-old has had a successful season, forming a strong partnership with Sven Botman. However, given his age, it might be beneficial for Howe to recruit an elite-level successor. While Schar should remain at St James’ Park to support Newcastle’s increased workload, Howe needs to build stronger central-defensive depth.
Dan Burn is another player who could be relegated to a lesser role due to the recent recruitment drive. Newcastle has been linked with a summer move for Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney, indicating a need for an upgrade despite Burn’s heroics after transitioning from a centre-back. The 29-year-old’s versatility could make him a solid backup option for both the middle and the left, but he may have to sit on the bench in the club’s biggest games next season.
Lastly, Sean Longstaff has been one of Howe’s most improved players this season, but with Newcastle targeting the best midfielders in Europe, Longstaff’s place in the team might be in jeopardy. Manchester United‘s Scott McTominay and Leicester City’s James Maddison are reportedly on their radar, and with Guimaraes and Joelinton also in Howe’s preferred midfield three, Longstaff may need to adapt to a reduced role or seek opportunities elsewhere.
Overall, there is no question that Newcastle is going through a period of transition and transformation, spearheaded by the financial backing of the Saudi Arabian consortium. As a result, there will inevitably be some collateral damage, and it appears the likes of Schar, Burn, and Longstaff might have to step aside as Newcastle progresses to the next level. Still, it will be a thrilling new chapter for the Magpies as they seek to make their mark on the Champions League and achieve long-held aspirations of glory.