Newcastle Planning Another Spending Spree In January

Newcastle will review their summer spending next month and then put plans in place for spending again in January as they will make an attempt to further strengthen the squad.

With seven league games gone Newcastle have three draws and four defeats and it´s been a worse start than last season when we had 4 points at this stage of the campaign and won our eighth game at home to Leicester City.

After that first win last season we went on to win five games in a  row.

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Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson on Saturday against Chelsea

Newcastle will play at Manchester City on Saturday where we have never won a league game at the Etihad Stadium, although we did win a League Cup game there 2-0 last October.

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle will spend again in January, and Steve McClaren always said the first three transfer window of his reign would be important so Newcastle can build up their squad.

Spending in January is one of the changes that has been made in club policy and last January Lee Charnley had said the club would try to most if not all of their transfer business each summer.

But then Mike Ashley said that Newcastle would start to spend big money to build a good squad and try to win something and he took himself off the Board and left it to Lee Charnley and company to spend the transfer money as they saw fit.

The two countries where Newcastle are principally doing their scouting for January are said to be Spain and Germany.

January is a time when clubs may go after free agents whose contracts run out the following June and Newcastle have been heavily linked with Charlie Austin and Joel Matip who both will become free agents in January.

Center-back and striker are two positions Newcastle will want to strengthen in January and the club would also like to bring in another full back since we have few specialist full-backs in the first team squad.

Kevin Mbabu had a great game against Chelsea on Saturday at left back and maybe he can come through before the end of the year.

It´s been a poor start for Newcastle this season after a disastrous second half to last season after Alan Pardew  suddenly left the club.

In fact in the 26 league games we have played since Alan left we have only 16 points – three wins and seven draws and 16 defeats, which is relegation form and would give us 23 points over a 38 game season.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

So we need to start picking up wins before the end of the year so Newcastle can move away from the bottom of the league.

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