With next month shaping up to be monumental for Newcastle’s season, there is a worrying report from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards. According to the report, there is no money for reinforcements in January.
To compound matters, both Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser could be out for much of next month. Saint-Maximin is still recovering from the after-effects of Covid and his return date is unknown. Fraser has picked up a groin injury which kept him out of the Manchester City defeat on Saturday.
Reports earlier this season suggested that Steve Bruce would be backed in January, if necessary. However, those claims have shifted significantly as this season has progressed with more recent reports indicating Bruce will only be able to bring in loans.
That is where Bruce is focusing after having been told that there will be no money for permanent signings, according to Edwards. Newcastle still have both domestic loan slots available as Bruce could favor bringing in Premier League proven players.
Unfortunately, it appears that any move for Tottenham’s Dele Alli is not one that is being considered. Newcastle cannot afford his wages and Alli is unwilling to come to the North East.
The recruitment team is also looking at players in Europe for possible loans with the option to buy, similar to the deals struck for Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb last January.
This season is heading south very quickly and if Bruce is not backed in January, it could become a very slippery slope. Ashley has opened his wallet in the past when Newcastle have been in danger of a relegation fight.
Whether he’s willing to do that this time around with revenues down due to Covid remains to be seen.