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Newcastle assistant discusses club’s ‘outstanding strikers’

Newcastle assistant manager Jason Tindall has said the club are fortunate to have ‘two outstanding strikers’ in Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson.

The centre-forwards have been forced to compete for a place in Eddie Howe’s side for much of the season, with Wilson linked with leaving St James’ Park during the January transfer window.

Each have struggled with injury problems during the current campaign and Tindall said Newcastle have been ‘unlucky’ in not being able to call on their ‘outstanding’ forwards often enough.

 

“I think we’ve got two outstanding strikers that are very different in the way they play. They are both such a goal threat,” he said at a pre-match press conference, ahead of facing Luton in the Premier League this weekend.

“We’ve been unlucky that we have not had them fit for so long. We know we have Anthony Gordon who can play up front, he’s done that job very well.”

 

Isak is a doubt for this weekend’s clash with Luton, after picking up a knock in the midweek win at Aston Villa. However, Tindall said Newcastle are optimistic that the Swedish striker can feature.

“Alex has improved. He will be one we have to assess today and take the advice from the medical team. He has a chance of making the game tomorrow.”

Newcastle ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats with an impressive 3-1 win at top-four hopefuls Aston Vila in midweek. Tindall said the win has provided the Magpies with confidence, following a disappointing run of form.

“Really important,” Tindall said on the win at Villa Park.

“We knew we needed to get back on track, we had a good result at Fulham in the FA Cup. To go there and perform the way we did was great for us and it gives us confidence going into the game this weekend.

 

“You have to give Luton a lot of credit. They have been on a really good run, they have shown they are a hard team to play against, they are a dangerous team.

“Credit to Luton for the way they have been performing, but our main focus is on us and we want to go out there and get the best result.”

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