The Chronicle’s chief Newcastle United writer Lee Ryder has shed some light on club owner Mike Ashley’s view on the strength of the Toon’s current squad in a recent article discussing the North East club’s plans for the January transfer window.
This report explained that Newcastle are unlikely to spend big once the transfer window re-opens next month, with loan signings likely to be their priority.
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This news emerges despite both Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser being likely to remain sidelined for the North East club as we enter January and with the Toon having failed to win each of their last four games.
It’s explained that Newcastle’s loss of matchday revenue as a result of the pandemic is one reason that their spending is likely to be low next month, while it’s also stated that although Ashley is not entirely against making any January investments, his, and other decision-makers’, behind-the-scenes view on Steve Bruce’s current squad is that it’s good enough to achieve their goal of Premier League survival this term.
Considering that Newcastle are currently sitting in 14th place on the league table, seven points clear of the relegation zone, it may be understandable why this is the behind-the-scenes view of Newcastle’s higher-ups.
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However, with four of the Toon’s six top-flight fixtures between now and the end of January seeing them face off against teams currently sitting higher than them in the league table, it will be interesting to see if their poor run of form continues and if that results in Ashley changing his January transfer stance.
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