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Newcastle United: Lee Ryder shares details on January transfer plans

Newcastle United: Lee Ryder shares details on January transfer plans - Newcastle United News

Newcastle United journalist Lee Ryder has shared some behind-the-scenes details regarding the club’s plans for the January transfer window. 

The Lowdown: Newcastle’s season so far

As things stand, with domestic football on hold while the World Cup takes place in Qatar, the Magpies find themselves third in the Premier League table.

After 15 games, the Toon have won eight, drawn six and lost just one, leaving them with 30 points on the board, two behind Manchester City in second.

Now that the January transfer window is on the way, it seems that some behind-the-scenes details have emerged over the Magpies’ stance heading into the winter market.

The Latest: Newcastle’s January stance

According to a recent report by Ryder for Chronicle Live, the Toon are well-equipped to go head-to-head with Europe’s elite clubs on a financial level but will not be pressured into over-spending on players.

The report adds that St James’ Park scouts have looked at full-backs, midfielders and forwards, and that Newcastle don’t have specific positions in mind but are looking to improve across the board.

The Verdict: Strength in depth

Bearing in mind how Eddie Howe’s side have the joint-best defence in the league, having conceded just 11 goals, it could be said that defence isn’t an area which needs strengthening as things stand.

With only three clubs scoring more goals than the Toon (29), they may not see signing another striker a big priority, especially with three centre-forwards already in the squad.

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Taking all of that into account, it could be a case of bringing new players to the squad who can add some strength in depth to Howe’s ranks to either add some competition for places in the starting XI or give some extra cover should any injuries occur.

Given how active the Tyneside club have been throughout the previous two transfer windows, this should fill their supporters with confidence that the same can happen again this time around and push the team forward even further.

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