Chris Waugh of The Athletic asserted on Pod on the Tyne that Newcastle United is confident in its ability to bring in Joao Pedro.
The young Brazilian seemed to be the centre of attention in terms of transfers, and Newcastle made a second offer for the attacker this summer. However, out of nowhere, the Magpies are now reportedly close to acquiring Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.
Additionally, it doesn’t seem to be either/or for Newcastle and Eddie Howe, as Ben Jacobs has suggested that Pedro may still join in addition to the Swedish striker, which would undoubtedly strengthen the Magpies’ frontline, which had just been deflated slightly by the injuries to Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser.
Although similar rumblings aren’t coming from Watford’s end, Waugh has acknowledged that Newcastle is genuinely confident of signing Pedro.
There are a variety of reasons why they are drawn to [Joao Pedro], according to him, including the fact that he wouldn’t need to be registered in the Premier League team since he is under 21 and Newcastle has a slight numerical issue.
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If they want to recruit another midfielder later in the summer, maybe on loan, as they appear to be attempting to do, that might mean keeping someone like Jonjo Shelvey in the team.
Additionally, he is adaptable, capable of playing in all three front positions, and not necessarily someone who would be expected to replace Wilson. The established number nine is Callum Wilson, and you saw what he is capable of doing against Manchester City.
Therefore, although some individuals in the Newcastle area believe it may happen, others at the Watford end are convinced it won’t.
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In addition to increasing the Magpies’ options up front, bringing in both Pedro and Isak would provide Eddie Howe two young players to work with, develop, and see progress within the team.
Given his age and relatively underwhelming attacking productivity in the Premier League last season, Pedro, who has been labelled “exciting,” is unlikely to come at Newcastle wanting to start every game. Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron’s play, who have combined for two assists and one goal so far, would also jeopardise his opportunity to play, at least initially.
Additionally, if Isak were to be acquired for a club-record sum, he would probably start in the middle of the field, especially while Wilson is sidelined with an injury. However, giving Pedro some time to adjust to the team and the Premier League without being overly reliant on him might be best for him and his teammates.