Mike Ashley would pick the night that Newcastle score four goals to show up to St James Park. The Newcastle owner has flown in for a much-publicized transfer summit with Steve Bruce in the next few days and was spotted with Lee Charnley watching tonight’s win.
With the Magpies struggling mightily in front of the net, Steve Bruce was planning on asking for some help in the transfer market. He apparently has some very good targets in mind. But will he be able to convince Ashley that this is the window to spend big?
After this evening’s game, Steve Bruce was again asked about the transfer market and his pending meeting with Ashley. The Chronicle have published the following comments from the head coach:
“My take on it is we have had one or two (so far) it wasn’t possible to get.
“We’re still trying for one or two and we’ve got a couple of plates spinning. If I can’t improve it, I’ve got to be patient and wait.
“You’ve seen the difference Allan Saint-Maximin and Almiron have made and we hope that (goal) kicks on Jo. That bit of quality can take us forward.”
It looks like Bruce has a couple of players on the radar after being knocked back on some other targets. What we take from these comments is that Newcastle aren’t going to go too far down their target list just to bring somebody in.
We’ve done that in the past and it’s saddled us with some very bad contracts that we’ve had trouble offloading. However, that is mainly because Mike Ashley has refused to pay the going rate for the top targets on the list.
Bruce has consistently insisted that he’ll only go after a player who will improve the team. He said the same again when asked what his meeting with Ashley would entail:
“It’s just the same as what I’ve said to you all along. He’s been supportive since I walked in the door.
“If there’s someone there who can improve us, we’ll act. I think there’s been three deals so far in the Premier League so it’s difficult.”
It does look like the players that Bruce is targeting at the moment will improve this team. This is what Bruce said about the couple of targets he will talk to Ashley about:
“We just have to make sure we’re better. The ones we’re trying to go after are better. If we can get them, we’ll try it.”
It’s a positive sign that Bruce has targets that he feels is better than what he currently has.
The million-dollar question is will Newcastle be able to get them over the line.
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