The aforementioned suspension would rule Tonali out for the remainder of the season and into next summer’s preseason.
Alfredo Pedulla reported the information on Twitter late Monday, and whether that timeline ends up being correct or not, it’s fair to assume that Tonali will spend at least the next half-a-year suspended and off of any football field, which is something Newcastle will need to solve after spending a humongous fee in the Italian to make him a prime part of Magpie midfield.
In a rather detailed column written by Jacob Whitehead of The Athletic, the analyst covered many options that NUFC might explore next January in the upcoming winter transfer window to fill the gap opened by Tonali’s absence in the middle of the pitch, from loans to straight signings.
Here is a rundown of every possibility Whitehead discussed in his piece, which he split into three different categories: players who fit Newcastle’s style of play the best, potential loan deals for players currently in the Premier League, and transfers for players in Saudi Arabia’s Pro League.
Best stylistic fits:
Enzo Le Fee:
- Young and talented. Recently joined Rennes from Lorient.
- Signed for Torino in a permanent deal this summer.
- Ball-winner and dribbler.
- Deep-lying playmaker.
- Versatile 20-year-old who can play across midfield or the right flank.
- 23-year-old Valencia midfielder. Worth around £20m.
- Capable of rotating between No. 6 and No. 8 roles. Plays for Manchester United and knows the Premier League. May come at a premium.
Premier League loans:
- England international. Barely features for Manchester City, and reportedly wants out. Primarily a No. 6.
- Out of favor at Everton. Doubts over the requisite quality.
Donny van de Beek:
- Out of favor at Manchester United. Concerns about the time it may take to rebuild confidence.
- Previously with Newcastle. Currently on loan at Caykur Rizespor in the Turkish Super Lig.
Saudi Pro League options:
- Versatile player, capable of playing both No. 6 and No. 8. Played for Lazio. Potential stylistic adjustment from Serie A (via the SPL).
- Excellent for Wolverhampton in the Premier League. Top scorer and top tackler for Wolves. More of a depth piece for the midfield.
- Moved to Al Ahli from Celta Vigo. Similar playing style to Tonali but may need time to adjust. Impactful defending work in La Liga.
What do you think about those players? Who would you target? Let us know in the comments section below!