Two England players for £23m? Thank you very much

England face Italy and Germany in the next few days.

Gareth Southgate meets the latter together, the last chance to see the players up close and work with them, before then deciding his final 26-man squad that will move to Qatar in November.

Two names affixed to that plane are Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope.

Tonight against Italy in the Nations League, every chance the duo is in the first 11.

So the big question is…

How on earth when Premier League clubs spent over £2.2 billion in 2022, did Eddie Howe and Newcastle United buy this English duo for £23 million???

Kieran Trippier signed for £13m in January, then was followed by Nick Pope in the summer window.

Much has been said about Newcastle United since this season kicked off but honestly, when you see the kind of money that is being spent on other players, how did Eddie Howe and his friends seal these deals?

Kieran Trippier has been fantastic ever since he’s returned to England, having won the La Liga medal (and been named to the La Liga team of the season) and starting in the Euro final against Italy just months ago, the full-back has arrived. Tyneside.

Lots of talk about how he was only here for one last big salary deal and he would have taken it too easy as he headed toward retirement. The new Newcastle United captain (Laceles is now on the bench) is the epitome of the rest, he never stops running, fantastic deliveries into the penalty area of ​​open play and set-pieces, incredible accuracy and consistency when free kicks are within shot distance. In only 12 matches so far he scored three goals and hit the post.

As for Nick Pope, he is truly astonishing with the fortunes others spend on goalkeepers, Newcastle United bought the current England goalkeeper in his prime (certainly 30 years old for a goalkeeper) for £10m and little has been made of him. .

He has been excellent with Newcastle and with three clean sheets from seven matches there is no other goalkeeper in the Premier League (clean sheets) this season.

I think it’s fair to say that this season, so far, this English duo have been Newcastle’s best players and their fingers have been shown, remain injury-free and continue to excel with United and then go to Qatar and get his starting line-up.

Nick Pope played eight times for England, conceding only one goal and winning all eight matches.

As for Kieran Trippier, he has now made 40 caps and has been playing regularly under Gareth Southgate, plus he can play on the left as well. The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker may be great players/athletes, but Trippier is the best right-back defender, as well as excellent at set pieces.

In fact, with Newcastle United spending on players, I think it’s important to get a sense of what really happened. Instead of just looking at that headline figure of around £200m, spend those two windows.

The first point you have to fully acknowledge before having any conversation about it, is to accept that the new owners of Newcastle United and Eddie Howe inherited a complete mess from Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.

I think we can then group Newcastle United 2022 signings into three types:

£25 million spent on Chris Wood

Get this out of the way right away.

Newcastle are in an absolute holeshot with Callum Wilson injured on December 27, 2021 ahead of the January transfer window. With NUFC looking for certainty of relegation, a ready striker needed in the Premier League and with very few other options, Newcastle pushed a release clause that was more than Wood was worth every penny of £25m for Newcastle. With 29 points earned in his 29 games last season (and Burnley relegated after losing), Chris Wood had a massive short-term success, who at the time was always a player on the team once (IF!!!) was relegation. Avoid it.

£120m (plus future additional jobs) to be spent on promising youth engagements abroad for long (as well as short-term) terms

This calendar year has seen the big money being spent on 24-year-old Bruno (£35m), 22-year-old Putman (£35m) and Isak (£60m).

Three excellent players who have every chance of progressing to be true superstars and hopefully be part of a growing group of high quality that can take Newcastle to the top. Real build quality starts here.

£47 million spent on England / Premier League tried and tested

Here we have the bottom line, with spending on Trippier (£13m), Targett (£12m), Burn (£12m) and Pope (£10m).

Nick Pope Phil FodenHonestly, I can’t believe the new Newcastle United team managed to get this quartet for less than £50m for this one!

For many years under Mike AshleyNewcastle failed (he didn’t even try!) to sign tried and tested Premier League players, and then so many came.

The thinking behind the 2022 transfers was brilliant.

Spending to do three things.

Save from relegation, build a team here and now, then start laying the foundations for the future.

Doing all three of these things once in just eight months is amazing.

Yes we are all disappointed that we haven’t got the extra four to six points the performance has deserved so far this season…but we can all see the tremendous progress that has been made, regardless of this tentative streak of results. Newcastle They became specialists in clouds momentarily.

The future is bright for Newcastle United and England.