When Steve McClaren came in last June he has always talked about the three first transfer windows being important and we seemed to get off to an excellent start over the summer with Newcastle spending over £52M net on four players for the first team we brought in – Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin.
Unfortunately we haven’t made a good start to the season and have only two points from our first six league games and after two particularly poor performances and defeats in the last two games doom and gloom has returned and is currently a dark cloud over the club.
Steve McClaren – we’re reviewing what we need to do in January
After the terrible travails of last season the last thing fans wanted to see was another poor start to a season, but that’s what’s happened – so far.
Steve McClaren has admitted Newcastle may need to do some additional big spending in January if we are to avoid being in a relegation battle all season:
“We have talked about spending in January,. “We have said this is about three windows.”
“With the start, people will obviously criticise the first window, but the people we’ve signed are all good players. They need time to adapt to the Premier League.”
“We know that January is coming up and it will be important.” “We talked as a club with Lee Charnley, and Graham Carr, and said we are going to review the window in a couple of weeks, and what our position is in January. “
“We’re reviewing everything and needing more British players will be part of it.”
The reason for the talk about British players is Newcastle tend to bring in cheaper options from the continent but they take time to settle in on Tyneside, which is one apparent reason for our poor start.
We are hoping the team can move up the league before the end of this year – but if we are still fighting relegation it wouldn’t surprise us one little bit if some big money is spent in the January window.
It could be like the 2013 January window when we brough in five Frenchmen and just avoided relegation.
Once things do go wrong it’s not easy to get out of trouble and get some wins on the board but the lads did that a year ago and that’s what needs to be done this season, and as soon as possible.
Having the fans solidly behind the team is a huge help in doing that.
What do you think?