The evidence keeps mounting that Newcastle will almost certainly add to their squad – maybe significantly – in January.
Chris Hughton – almost certain to increase squad in January
That’s even if it means all the players are brought in on loan, since the club is strapped for cash this season, as they struggle to pay the still high wage bill at the club.
Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias said earlier in the week they would be willing to back Hughton in the transfer market with
either loan or permanent signings.
However, that statement from Derek was confusing and we think most, if not all of the players, will be brought in on loan, and it would be a surprise if the club can pay out much in transfer fees, for permanent moves.
Chris will be at St. James’ Park tomorrow, for the first time since becoming full time manager, and not many fans have much against Chris – we all hope he will be ultra successful – although some of us have doubts he can do that long term.
However, we would be very happy for Chris to prove us wrong … again. 😀
Remember, it’s not Chris’ fault that Ashley is incompetent – and that’s putting it mildly – and he also has to somehow work well with Derek and Mike for the good of the club – which is all important.
Chris told Newcastle United TV that he would be looking to strengthen the squad in January:
“The most important thing is that we’ve got to get to that stage (January) and make sure that we’re still very much in contention,”
“That means winning enough football matches from here until the window.” “That’ll be my responsibility, to make sure we strengthen where we need to strengthen.”
“It’s the biggest and the best opportunity that we have going into that second half of the season and we’ve got to make sure that we’re not short in any areas.”
We’re starting to like the way Chris thinks – very down to earth and takes nothing for granted – and those qualities will be needed if he is to steer Newcastle towards success.
We are now starting to become upbeat that we could get 4-5 very decent players in on loan in January.
There are lots of players available – both on loan – and as free agents – that we can get to help us to promotion – and if that happens we have to sing at least 5 very good players – and we’ll need transfer money for that.
Season long loan deals could also be worked out.