Following a lacklustre start to the campaign, with Newcastle already tipped to strengthen in January, Danny Mills has words of advice for Steve Bruce regarding his transfer strategy.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds United defender blasted the Magpies current policy of bringing in squad players to sure up their numbers – claiming they are better off ‘putting all their eggs in one basket’ with one or two star signings.
Bruce has already been busy in the transfer market since his arrival at St James Park, replacing the departed Rafa Benitez last summer, breaking their transfer record to sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim.
Alongside the Brazilian, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems, Emil Krafth and Andy Carroll also signed on the dotted line at St. James’ Park – but Mills insists this may not be enough – saying heavy investment is required in star names to ensure their Premier League survival.
“It doesn’t matter where they strengthen but when they do strengthen, they won’t just add players to the squad. You have to add quality, you have to improve on that first XI,” explained the pundit.
“I see no point bringing in squad players, there’s no point bringing in three or four average players who are just the same, they’re no different to what you’ve got.
“They’re best off putting all their eggs in one basket and bringing in one or two. That’s what Newcastle need, if they have the chance to add to their first XI, they have to take that opportunity.”
Indeed, despite an impressive 3-2 victory at West Ham last weekend, there is still work to be done given their lack of goals – and the former Manchester City right-back could be correct in his verdict that the Magpies need one or two star names to bolster their survival chances.
Considering they’ve already spent big money on the aforementioned Joelinton as well as Miguel Almiron in January 2019, they may need to spend big again if they’re going to add more goals to a front line to have scored just one goal between them this season.
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