June 24, 2024

Due to the long-term injuries sustained by both Jamaal Lascelles and Sven Botman, Newcastle United is now dealing with a center back injury pile.

Right now, Eddie Howe’s only options for first-team center backs during the last stretch are the always reliable Fabian Schar and Dan Burn. Botman and Lascelles are unlikely to return until the very end of the season, at the most.This Is The End Of The Journey, Impossible! I’m Done!! I Can’t Continue Any more, Captain Jamaal Lascelles Has

Portuguese publication A Bola is aware that Ousmane Diomande, the winner of the Africa Cup of Nations and an international for the Ivory Coast, is Howe’s first pick.

After making his debut at Sporting Lisbon at the end of the previous season, the 20-year-old has been linked to several of Europe’s best teams. His performances this season have the club on the verge of winning the Portuguese top division for just the second time in 22 years.

In the Europa League last season, Diomande made his competitive debut against Arsenal. The capital club advanced past the Gunners on penalties thanks to Diomande’s outstanding containment of their attackers.

Portuguese outlet A Bola understands that Ivory Coast international and Africa Cup of Nations winner Ousmane Diomande is a player who is right at the top of Howe’s shopping list.

The 20-year-old has been linked with many of Europe’s top teams after bursting onto the scene at Sporting Lisbon at the end of last season, with his efforts this term putting the club on the verge of winning the Portuguese top-flight for just the second time in 22 years.

Diomande made his competitive debut against Arsenal last season in the Europa League and was lauded for the excellent job that he did in containing their attackers as the capital club progressed against the Gunners on penalties.

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