Newcastle United: Eddie Howe drops January transfer hint
Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has dropped a hint about the Magpies’ potential plans for the upcoming January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle’s season so far
So far this season, the Toon have won eight of their 15 matches in the Premier League, drawing six and losing just one along the way.
With domestic football on hold, Howe took his side to Saudi Arabia for some warm-weather training and to meet with the club’s hierarchy.
Having beat Al Hilal 5-0 in a recent friendly, Howe shared some insight into what the upcoming January window could look like for the Tyneside club.
The Latest: Howe’s transfer hint
Following the win over Al Hilal, Howe was asked about the upcoming January transfer window and the meetings between him and the Newcastle hierarchy.
The 44-year-old replied (via Chronicle Live): “It was just conversations at this stage. I think the big thing is that there’s a lot that can change between now and January, so we’ve talked and had discussions about what it may look like, but there’s such a long time before that window opens, we’re still very flexible in terms of what we’re going to do.
“We look like, on paper, we have a very strong squad when everyone’s fit. Everyone’s not fit currently, and that has a bearing on what you look to do in January.”
The Verdict: Strength and depth
Looking at how impressive the Magpies have been this season in terms of their league results, Howe will undeniably be hoping for that to continue once the campaign resumes.
In terms of the January transfer window, it’s hard to see where in the squad that Newcastle would badly need to strengthen.
They currently have the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League with just 11 goals conceded, while also scoring more goals (29) than 16 other teams in the top flight.
In addition to what Howe had to say in terms of injuries to some of his current players, January could instead be a period of seeing Newcastle add strength and depth to their squad rather than looking to majorly fix any glaring issues in their ranks.