Eddie Howe He acknowledges that the cost of seeking to add proven winners who want to take the Newcastle roster to the next level can be prohibitive.

The Magpies have invested over £250m in new signings since the club’s Saudi-backed owners took office in October 2021 and will seek to wrap it up once again this summer.

They face off against opponents in the top four Manchester United inside Premier League Sunday is a repeat of February’s Carabao Cup final, in which the Red Devils won 2-0 at Wembley, largely due to the overall contribution of influential Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.

Asked if the former Real Madrid star, who was suspended for a trip to St James’ Park, represented the quality and experience he was aiming for, Howe said: “Experience is a really valuable tool.

One One of the beauties of our team this season is that we have a mix of experienced and somewhat young players, so I think this mix is ​​very important.

“Of course, people who are used to winning and have the go-with mentality are worth their weight in gold.

“But often that experience and mindset comes at a price, and that’s the balance we need to get right.”

Newcastle enter Sunday’s game fifth, two places and three points behind Erik Ten Hag’s men, putting a very different kind of pressure on head coach Howe than when he worked at the same stage last season. a survival junk.

The weight on the 45-year-old’s shoulders could be nicer, but it’s still a weight he should try to lighten, and he revealed that he did it by working hard in the gym.

When asked about his fitness regimen, the former Bournemouth advocate said, “It’s really a mix, I’m trying to lift some weights – I know I might not look like it – there’s some cardio in there too.

“I tend to work pretty early in the morning. Dan Hodges our sports scientist comes with me and arranges the sessions for me and I just do what he says.

“It seems to work for me. For me, fitness and exercise puts me in a much better mood to attack my work. I guess I just don’t feel good without it, so it’s an essential part of my regimen.