Even with Allan Saint-Maximin missing with a hamstring tear for what could amount to the next seven matches, the club still seem hesitant to commit to reinforcements in January.
Lee Charnley echoed head coach Steve Bruce’s sentiments on the difficulties of the winter window this morning when talking to BBC Newcastle.
Ciaran Kelly with the Chronicle was asked during their Q&A today about the window. The framing of the question Kelly was asked shows how much expectations have been dampened.
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The fan started his question, asking about what happens with the £20m if we don’t spend it this window. While he did follow up asking what Kelly thought the plans would be in January, it shows that there are limited expectations in regards to first-team additions next month.
Kelly’s answer did little to dispel that notion as he suspects Newcastle will be even less active than in the past few January windows. This was part of his answer:
“January is not an ideal window to do business in as clubs are particularly keen to hold onto their best players because there is so little time there is to replace them.
“Unless the right opportunity unexpectedly presents itself – that’s how Steve Bruce looked at Granit Xhaka, for example – I’d be surprised if Newcastle were as active as they have been in previous midseason windows even if those loan slots are still available.”
At the moment, there seems to be a wait and see attitude as to what happens in January. If we see a massive drop in results over the next few weeks without Allan Saint-Maximin, there could be more of an impetus for business next month.
However, if we’re still comfortably mid-table, then it will be less likely. Of course, you never know what might happen over the next seven weeks. While Granit Xhaka’s situation has demonstrably changed and he is expected to remain at Arsenal, another player that Steve Bruce covets could become available.
We would hope that the club harbor secret ambitions to get in a forward like Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. Then a couple of youngsters for the Academy. That would be a decent window in our opinion.