The quote doing the rounds this morning is from Sky Sports commentator Danny Higginbotham, who believes that both Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa, two of the biggest clubs in the Championship this season, will spend big money in January to help them secure promotion this season.
He made the comments during the commentary of an impressive showing from Chris Hughton’s Brighton team, who showed they have the best defense in the league with an excellent 2-0 win at Bristol City in the late game on Saturday.
Chris Hughton – Brighton manager
Brighton are now just 3 points behind Newcastle and five points ahead of third placed Huddersfield, but Danny believes the south coast side could be caught if other clubs – like Aston Villa for instance – spend big in the January transfer market.
We would like nothing better than if Newcastle and Brighton are the two top teams in the Championship this season and get automatic promotion.
This is what Danny said during his commentary of the Bristol – Brighton game:
“I think Newcastle are going to spend big, I think Villa will too.” “I think teams that are up and around there are going to.”
“When you look at Brighton, you think possible they need another centre-forward.”
But spending big money on good players doesn’t always pay off and the players signed in January have had no pre-season.
It often it takes them time to bed in and they don’t always produce in the second half of the season for their new clubs.
So spending big money in January guarantees nothing and as we found out last year spending big money doesn’t always pay off – we spent £80M and were still relegated.
In Newcastle’s case we need to start thinking of next season with the good possibility we will be back in the Premier League and the players we have right now seem quite quite capable of doing that, even if we sign no players in January.
We expect Rafa to bring in some top young players and maybe a couple of highly talented players – if they are available – who can make a difference for us in the Premier League.
What do you think?