Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been given backing ahead of the January transfer window as he looks to add some new faces to the ranks.
According to the Chronicle, Bruce is keen on bringing in some new wingers to the club as he seeks to increase his attacking options in the winter window.
Bruce only managed to bring in a handful of players in the summer, but did add powerful striker Joelinton to the ranks, which would mean adding wingers to the squad makes perfect sense given the size and presence of the big striker which saw him score five headed goals last term.
The report claims that Newcastle have already identified Sevilla winger Rony Lopes as a potential signing, with Magpies scouts keeping a close eye on the La Liga star.
The club did obviously add some talent in the summer in wide areas as the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin moved to the club in a big-money deal. However, injury to the Magpies’ new man has left the club thin on the ground, essentially forcing Bruce’s hand in terms of areas he needs to strengthen.
Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie lead the way in terms of crosses per game this season (1.7 per WhoScored) but perhaps a move for someone like the aforementioned Lopes – who averaged 1.9 himself last season could help play to the physical strengths of both Joelinton and Andy Carroll.
Bruce will surely be delighted to be given the backing of his board to bring in some new players, and it looks like he’s already firmly underway in his pursuit of new players.
The loss of Saint-Maximin is a big one, so depending on how he comes back then January will be a big month for the club.
Newcastle do need more in terms of attacking impetus this season (having only scored four goals this season), otherwise relegation could be a serious worry this term.
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