The ultimate escapism for armchair coaches, the latest edition of management sim Football Manager is out now - allowing supporters to live the dream of taking the helm at their chosen club and leading them to glory from the comfort of home.
For a bit of fun, we've simulated the game through to the end of next summer's transfer window, and taken a look at the intriguing signings Newcastle United are predicted to make. Here's the deals FM21 is backing the Magpies to make over the course of next year.
1. Ezequiel Barco - Atlanta United - £9.75m
You join us in January 2021, and an injury-hit Newcastle are on the look-out for a couple of new players. Barco, worth £18m, joins for a bargain fee. His flair, stamina, technique and bravery attributes are particularly impressive.
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2. Ethan Laird - Manchester United - Loan
The young right-back comes in as a backup option. He's an England youth international with exceptional work rate and pace attributes.
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3. A truly astonishing summer
Hold on to your hats, FM is predicting quite the 2021 summer for the Magpies. The much-anticipated takeover goes through, Steve Bruce leaves to take the ENGLAND job, and in comes Roberto Martinez to replace him. Crikey.
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4. Donyell Malen - PSV - £36m
Martinez is not messing about, by the looks of things. He ploughs a hefty chunk of the transfer budget into his first signing. The Dutch striker will be battling Callum Wilson for his starting spot.
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