Newcastle will have money to spend this summer. However, whether they choose to or even need to is a question that cannot be definitively answered this early on. A lot will depend on injuries, their place in the league, and any outgoings in January.
Steve Bruce will have around £30m at his disposal should circumstances necessitate squad additions. They will, however, need to offload someone from the 25-man squad to provide a place for any incomings.
Mark Douglas in a Chronicle Q&A today answered three out of ten questions that dealt with winter recruitment.
When asked to give fans something to be positive about, Douglas partially replied with the following answer:
So here’s the thing: the last time Newcastle invested heavily (in 2015/16) they’d done five cycles of Premier League TV money. If they stay up this season, it’ll be four cycles of TV money. And the club’s hierarchy are adamant they will continue to invest in the team as long as they remain in the top flight.
In theory, recruitment austerity should have ended now – provided the club don’t go down. So even if there’s no takeover we can probably look forward to more incomings in the next few transfer windows. There is money available, yes. I think they’ll be active.
Newcastle should be well-off financially to spend money in January if necessary. They have been adequately placed in the Premier League for two straight seasons and thus have received a bonanza in TV Money.
Also before this past window, they have not spent much since the two windows in 2015-16 season as Mark suggests above. So the coffers should be full.
However, it is going to be based on need and circumstances as Mark Douglas iterates in another answer:
Whether it gets spent will depend on where they are in the league, who is available and whether or not they have the same sort of injuries they’ve got now. Their domestic loan slots remain available and it wouldn’t surprise me to see those utilised if the club are suffering.
This is an excellent point by Mark about the two domestic loan slots that can be used this January if necessary. Currently, Newcastle only have Jetro Willems in on loan. That is an avenue they could pursue if the need arises.
Jarrod Bowen– would be a great winter addition
Another question posed to Mark had to do with a specific player that Newcastle looked at this summer. This is Jarrod Bowen from Hull City. When asked if he thought Jarrod could become a January addition, Douglas replied:
They like Bowen and Steve Nickson’s scouting team have watched him a few times. Their interest in Bowen in the summer was genuine – although I do recall Steve Bruce playing down any imminent bid in the rain at Preston.
They simply wouldn’t meet Hull’s asking price – but in January, with six months left on his deal, will the Tigers cut that £20million tag? That’s on them but Newcastle’s plan is to start bringing in younger, up-and-coming talent and he ticks every box.
Jarrod has continued with his superb form this season. He already has 4 goals for the Tigers who are struggling mightily in 20th place at the moment. Hull will find it a difficult task to keep Jarrod this winter if offers come in. Unless he signs a new contract with them, they may be forced to sell him as his contract runs out in the summer.
Getting Bowen in for a reasonable fee would be very good business indeed. Though even if Hull City aren’t able to tie him down to a longer deal, it may be beneficial for them to keep him around. He is scoring the goals that may prove vital in keeping them out of a relegation scrap.
We think Bruce will get the necessary backing this winter to improve the squad but only to address any glaring problems. Bringing a player in just for the thrill of it may not be smart business. If Newcastle have injuries or are struggling in any areas, we do see them in some reinforcements. However, they will have to offload someone if they do.
Newcastle won’t want to add to the situation created this summer where they have to pay wages to ineligible players. They could look to bring a player on loan under the age of 21 from one of the top six sides.
However, there are sellable assets in the first-team who could be moved on. Players like Rob Elliot, Ki Sung-yueng, and Federico Fernandez have contracts that run out in the summer. There’s also Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle who can be moved on if necessary. As long as they can find some buyers, there should be some maneuverability with the squad for Steve Bruce this winter.
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