With the Premier League Summer Series in the USA under way, Adrian Clarke assesses the six clubs involved, highlighting the key questions that could be answered during the tournament.
Team analysis: Newcastle United
The 25-year-old enjoyed the most productive goalscoring season of his career in 2022/23, registering 13 Premier League goals for Leicester City.
Coming in off the left, he showed us that his right foot can be deadly around the penalty area on a consistent basis.
Linking with Wilson and Isak
Barnes is a powerful runner who is hard to track when he gets into his stride.
This should suit a Newcastle team who are often at their best when they launch quick breakaways.
Only Manchester United (102) made more direct attacks than the Magpies' 95 en route to a top-four finish, so look out for the winger sprinting beyond the last defender.
Barnes used his speed to good advantage for Leicester, scoring a selection of very similar goals last season.
Seven of his 13 goals came from the left of the box no more than 12 yards out, usually from surges into the area.
His final strike in a Leicester shirt, against West Ham United on the final day, saw him play a neat one-two around the box before slotting in from the angle of the six-yard box.
This was trademark Barnes, and he also produced a near identical effort at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Barnes v West Ham
Barnes v Wolves
How does this impact the starting XI?
Barnes will likely be a replacement for Allan Saint-Maximin, who has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.
Alternatively, Joelinton could be used as a right-sided forward instead.
Barnes, who could feature in the Premier League Summer Series, is not the most creative wide player. He only made 19 key passes in the entirety of 2022/23.
His game is better suited to breaking into the box and testing opposition 'keepers with shots on goal.
As shown in the table below, his shot output and conversion rate compared well with Newcastle's top performers during the previous campaign.
Barnes v Newcastle's attackers 2022/23
The right type of signing
With Wilson and Isak both impressing in the striker’s role, Howe does not need to make a centre-forward signing his priority this summer.
There is no doubt that Newcastle do need to score more in open play.
The Magpies ended up with just 48 open-play goals from 38 matches, the joint-fewest among teams who finished inside the top six.
Top-six sides' open-play goals
|Goals in open play
The signing of Barnes gives them a better chance of reaching 50-plus in the season ahead.
At 25, Barnes is a proven Premier League performer who looks ready to make an impact at St James’ Park.
Also in this series
Part 1: How will Torres improve Emery's defence?
Part 2: Can Schade seize a spot in Brentford's attack?
Part 3: Can Brighton teenagers become key men?
Part 4: Will young Chelsea defenders make their mark?
Part 5: Willian deal allows Silva to now focus on defence