It’s not good to be in the relegation zone at the start of the January transfer window, and that’s why the last three games in which we have picked up only one point was not good at all – because players will not want to join a club in January who could end up in the Championship next season.
Last January QPR in particular were reported to have had great difficulty in persuading players to join them and they had 18 points after 19 games – one more than Newcastle now have – because it looked like they were headed down in May – and of course they did get relegated.
Henri Saivet – concerned about Magpies’ low league position
There is a report in the Chronicle today that Newcastle are having trouble persuading Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet to join the club – because he is concerned about Newcastle’s low league position.
Obviously he doesn’t want to be playing in the Championship next season – if Newcastle should get relegated – and we are currently odds-on favorites to go down.
But that also seems to be a general problem Newcastle will have in this window – and it’s unlikely to get better as January progresses.
That’s because we have to play Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham and Watford in the league – and they are all in the top eight at the moment.
It also didn’t help that we lost eight games in a row last season and only just avoided relegation on the last day of the season in May.
Bournemouth and Southampton are also reported to be after Saivet, so they could be better positioned to tie up the deal – especially the Saints.
Actions have consequences – and Newcastle’s very poor start to this season will not help us in January.