Assistant coach Paul Simpson has been interviewed on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport and he’s been asked about the upcoming transfer window and whether Newcastle will be investing in bringing some new players into the club in January.
We brought in four first teamers in the summer and three of them – Chancel Mbemba, Gini Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic have looked the part with Florian Thauvin struggling a little bit – but the young Frenchman could still come through.
Mike Ashley – speaking to Sky Sports in May
Paul was asked if he could reveal any specific transfer targets (no way) in January and this is what Paul told BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport:
“No, I can’t say anything publicly at this moment. Not at this moment.”
“We’ve had a good chance to look at the squad so far, we know there are areas to improve but the one thing I would say is that so far the owner has backed us fantastically well.”
“And I’m sure if Steve goes to him in January and recognizes areas that we need to strengthen again, I’d be very surprised if Ashley doesn’t back us again.”
“We all want the same thing, don’t we? Regardless of what the perception is of Mike Ashley, he is desperate for success with Newcastle United and I’m sure he’ll invest again.”
That’s a little bit of a surprise that Mike Ashley is desperate for success at Newcastle because that has not been apparent in the eight years he’s been the owner.
However, since it comes off last season’s completely unexpected nightmare – when John Carver almost took Newcastle United down to the Championship – maybe that’s shaken up the owner a little bit.
Mike did say he wants to win something at Newcastle and we’re sure he would be a lot happier – as would our fans – if the team can be in the top half of the table – and not fighting relegation all the time.
Fighting relegation is not at all good for the old nerves.
So it wouldn’t surprise us if big money is again spent in January and that’s especially true if Steve McClaren has identified a number of players he wants signed in the upcoming transfer window.
What do you think?