Newcastle face battle to retain key duo

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Newcastle have struggled for form since December and are yet to improve their squad in January. 

The poor form can be attributed to the lack of depth within the squad along with an incredible amount of injuries.

It can deemed unlucky but also a symptom of their rapid rise into European football and therefore a squad shortfall.

Their resolve could be tested even further though with Bayern Munich looking to sign Kieran Trippier following their captures of Harry Kane and Eric Dier.

According to The Chronicle, Munich have held discussions with Trippier over a move to Bavaria as they look to add the experienced full-back to their squad.

This came after Callum Wilson was subject to an enquiry from Atletico Madrid for striker Callum Wilson which was reportedly swiftly rejected by the Magpies.

The news for the signing of Trippier will come as a shock to Newcastle and supporters with the stance of the club stern but could be changed should a significant improvement in an offer come in.

Could Newcastle let their experienced duo leave?

There are two angles to this debate for Newcastle. The club are close to breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules after spending £400m on their squad in the two years since the club’s Saudi Arabian led takeover.

This could prompt a move to sell their key duo to ease their FFP concerns whilst also reinvesting the money back into the squad.

In addition, both players are over 30, high earners and at the wrong end of their careers. Whilst they contribute significantly, there is also significant cover in both their positions.

Toni Livramento has been excellent and is exceptional talent for the future while thriving in the games he’s played. In addition, Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordan have stepped up to become successes in the final third which could push Wilson further out the door.

However, any moves now will seriously disrupt their season and presents the biggest dilemma the club has faced since being taken over.

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