Newcastle transfer news: In-house meeting booked to address Joelinton injury scare

In today's Newcastle transfer news - An in-house meeting has been arranged at St James Park to address the Joelinton injury scare...

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For those who are blissfully unaware, the Joelinton injury scare worsened for Eddie Howe this week, as it was revealed the versatile would miss the rest of this season since he requires surgery. With this in mind, how does Joelinton being out for the term affect today's Newcastle transfer news?

Newcastle transfer news: In-house meeting booked to address Joelinton injury scare

Well, the truth is that we don't know, but we are expected to find out this week. According to a detailed report by The Guardian, an in-house meeting is booked with the Newcastle higher-ups to discuss their transfer plans, particularly in relation to the newfound Joelinton injury revelation.

What I can only assume will come from this meeting is the conclusion that one midfielder must be signed as an absolute minimum. When you factor in that Elliot Anderson and Joe Willock are also injured, while Sandro Tonali is suspended, Joelinton being ruled out for the rest of the season comes at the worst possible time for Eddie Howe.

With that in mind, Newcastle have been linked pretty heavily with Kalvin Phillips in recent weeks. However, Man City seem set on sending him out on loan with a fee and obligation to buy, which doesn't suit Newcastle. Within the published Guardian report, it is revealed that discussion with Man City is not over, but instead put on hold as Newcastle wish to carry out their in-house meeting first.

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There's no denying that Joelinton being missing for the rest of this season is a big blow to Eddie Howe. Having a versatile player like this in your ranks is overlooked, as he could be the key to tactical configurations and changes within the 90 minutes. Also, he is the driving force in the midfield, which Newcastle have lacked in recent matches with Joelinton out.

What do you make of today's Newcastle transfer news involving Joelinton?