Newcastle United have claimed that they will “push the boundaries” of their budget as far as possible in order to “maximise the impact on the team,” (via nufc.co.uk).
The statement comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the club’s owner Mike Ashley, and other owners earlier in the week.
Corbyn was very critical about “billionaire owners” of football clubs who were “ruining” the national game (via The Chronicle).
He namechecked the Newcastle United owner personally in his statement, which has prompted the defiant defence from officials at the club.
The statement was certainly an interesting read, and it will have definitely intrigued Magpies fans when it claimed that they would continue to push their budget to its maximum to improve the team.
Having spent years criticising the Sports Direct mogul for a lack of spending, Ashley has actually put his hand in his pocket recently to finance some big deals.
Indeed the club have spent £40 million on Joelinton, £21 million on Miguel Almiron and £16.5 million on Allan Saint-Maximin recently, and if this statement is to be believed then the club could be set to splash the cash again in upcoming transfer windows.
Newcastle have struggled in the opening two months of the season, picking up just two wins from eight games. So news that the club could potentially spend more money on the first-team squad in January will be music to the ears of the fans.
The current first-team squad looks short on quality given their results and, if Steve Bruce is going to keep them up, investment could be needed.
It is not just financing deals for new players either. The statement could also mean that they will use money in their budget to tie down their better players to new contracts, most notably Sean and Matty Longstaff who were extremely impressive in their recent 1-0 win against Manchester United.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether the club follows through with their claim. If they do, then January could be an interesting month on Tyneside.
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Newcastle fans, what are your thoughts on the club statement which seems to claim they will continue to spend money on the first team? Let us know in the comments below…
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