The January transfer window is notorious for being able to sign good players.
Clubs don’t want to lose players midway during the season, and usually, those players most likely to leave are those who will become free agents in the summer.
Presumably, Newcastle will try to strengthen the team in January, but that is not yet certain by any means.
But with Rafa now gone, the appeal of Newcastle United to top players has been diminished significantly, with journeyman Steve Bruce now in charge.
With Rafa, at least we had hope that he could attract some good players, which he did during his time at the club.
The two men leading Newcastle United will take us nowhere
Rafa signed Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez, Florian Lejeune, and others.
They were all good signings on a tight budget put in place by owner Mike Ashley.
But it could be difficult for Newcastle to sign good players in January.
That’s especially true if we continue fighting relegation for the 5th time in the last five seasons we have been in the Premier League.
We have to hope that we can get some wins under our belts in the next three games against Wolves (H), West Ham (A) and Bournemouth (H).
Of course, we have 8 points from our first 9 games with is 6 points better off than we were last year at this time, but we are still 3rd bottom.
Two wins in the next three games before the next boring International break is what we really need – that would give us a good 14 points from 12 games.
But it will be challenging against three decent teams – although at least they are not any of the top six clubs.
The only hope we have for the club is that somehow Mike Ashley forces himself to sell the club and gives some new life to Newcastle fans everywhere, including here in Raleigh, North Carolina.
But if we had to hazard a guess, we don’t think Ashley wants to sell Newcastle, so fighting relegation may continue for a year or two yet.
And just how depressing is that?
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