Pundit makes 'massive' Newcastle claim after confirmed news today
Paddy Kenny claims Eddie Howe’s presence on the touchline against Arsenal will give everyone at Newcastle a timely boost.
The former Leeds United stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Magpies released a statement on Howe’s availability.
On Friday morning, Newcastle confirmed Howe, 43, will be in the dugout against Arsenal on Saturday.
The new Toon boss missed his first game in charge after testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of last weekend’s game against Brentford.
Kenny claims Howe will be “desperate” to get himself on the touchline and make his presence felt at his new club.
“It’s such a horrible time with COVID, you can miss games for things out of your control,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“I’m sure Eddie will be desperate to get out there and influence his side from the side of the pitch.
“I imagine he was in contact with his staff while Newcastle played Brentford last week but that’s not the same as being there.
“It will give Newcastle a big boost and I imagine it will make Eddie feel more comfortable going forward.
“You just wonder how much work he’s been able to do this week and going to Arsenal isn’t easy.
“I’m sure his presence will give the whole club a massive lift.”
Newcastle travel to the Emirates looking to end their winless run against Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Magpies haven’t won away at Arsenal since November 2010 when an Andy Carroll goal led to a 1-0 win.