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Speaking in his pre-match press convention on Friday – through The Athletic – the 44-year-old insisted that he was hopeful the Sweden worldwide can be out there to function in opposition to Patrick Vieira’s facet, following a latest damage scare.
The former Real Sociedad gem – who arrived at St James’ Park on a £59m deal late within the window – was compelled off on debut within the latest defeat to Liverpool in midweek, with Howe revealing that he had suffered a “dead leg” in that conflict at Anfield.
The Magpies are already brief on choices offensively with fellow centre-forward Callum Wilson nonetheless set to be absent, with the Englishman presently sidelined with a hamstring issue.
Massive for Howe
With Wilson set to be unavailable in the present day, it could little doubt be large for the Tynesiders to have Isak of their ranks for the upcoming conflict with the Eagles, with the teen having sparkled in his first outing for the membership on Tuesday night time.
The 37-cap gem fired his new facet forward halfway by means of the primary half with a devastating end previous a helpless Alisson, latching onto a pleasant threaded go from Sean Longstaff earlier than lashing the ball excessive into the roof of the web.
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After what had been a protracted swap to the Premier League outfit – with the northeast facet beforehand abandoning a deal for the 6 foot 4 sensation – that beautiful effort was seemingly the proper manner for the striker to mark his delayed arrival in England, with Newcastle supporters little doubt hoping for extra of the identical within the weeks, months and years to come back.
Although nonetheless early days, the £27m-rated man has already set tongues wagging following that show on Merseyside, notably producing one other ruthless end after the break after showcasing some good composure within the opposition field, just for the hassle to be subsequently dominated out for offside.
Having been starved of an actual, top-quality marksman for various years – with the injury-prone Wilson merely unable to remain match – it could little doubt have been refreshing for these of a Magpies persuasion to see such an attention grabbing show in opposition to an elite-level opponent.
The hope might be that the one-time Borussia Dortmund man is accessible to construct on that shiny displaying later in the present day, along with his absence more likely to see Chris Wood thrust into the motion in assault – a participant who has scored simply three objectives since his arrival in January.
Howe will little doubt be praying to have his new addition match and firing.