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‘He will have to contribute in a physical way’: Eddie Howe says Alexander Isak, the £60m Newcastle recruit, would have felt the Premier League intensity from the stands in their late away game at Wolves
- Newcastle record purchase Alexander Isak saw 1-1 draw at Wolves from the stands
- Eddie Howe said it was an ‘eye-opener’ for Isak about the physicality of the competition
- Isak penned a £60m move from Real Sociedad to the Magpies last week
- It is hoped that Isak’s work permit arrives in time for Liverpool mid-week
Eddie Howe believes Newcastle’s draw at Wolves will have arrived as an ‘eye-opener’ to the record £60 million signed Alexander Isak as the new man watches from the stands.
Isak, who signed a six-year contract in the Northeast after coming over from Real Sociedad last week, was unable to show up due to delays in his work permit.
Much is expected from Isak, who now hopes to make his Newcastle debut during a midweek game against Liverpool if his permit is approved.
Alexander Isak watched Newcastle’s draw at Wolves from the stands due to work permit delays
“I think it would have been an eye opener, it was a very physical game,” Howe said.
“Looking at it through his eyes, I would be excited about the opportunities created. He will have to physically contribute to the game.’
For long periods this was a predictable and heavy attacking play from Newcastle, with Chris Wood in the lead instead of the injured Callum Wilson.
Isak will be tasked with being the goal getter, especially when Wilson is on the sidelines, and Howe relishes the prospect of introducing a player he believes has the ‘X factor’ to take this side to even greater heights. lift.
“Attackers are always judged by their goals and their creativity, so we hope he makes a difference,” he added.
“He’s also a connector of the game, not just a goalscorer and will contribute to all aspects of our game, so I’m excited.”
Eddie Howe kept tight-lipped about Martin Dubravka’s expected move to Man United
Howe said the Wolves match would have shown Isak how physical the Premier League is
Howe kept tight-lipped when it came to Martin Dubravka’s expected move to Manchester United, but admitted Newcastle’s business with Isak may not be done, largely due to their growing list of injuries.
“We’re counting the cost of a period where we’re a bit unlucky with injuries,” Howe said.
“The boys have emptied their tanks. Maxi (Saint-Maximin) ran back to try and stop the 2-0, he was one of the players on the goal line when Jimenez scored (before being ruled out by VAR).
‘We’re going to look and count the bodies and see what we can do on the market.’