Keith Downie shares what Newcastle can expect from the January transfer window
Keith Downie has told Sky Sports News in a video posted on Twitter that Newcastle’s new owners will want to build gradually, starting in January.
Amid reports of a £300million takeover, Newcastle fans are discussing who the club might sign. Many are keen to see some big-name arrivals soon.
The Saudi Arabia PIF have resolved an issue with BeIN Sports regarding piracy and broadcasting – which had lasted four and a half years.
The PIF has also separated itself from Saudi Arabia as a state, meaning human rights issues are no longer a problem. A takeover is close.
Multiple reports suggest an announcement will be made today. With a few months until January, fans are already excited by potential new additions.
Downie has thrown water on that fire, to a degree. He says the consortium will look to build, rather than throw enormities of cash at new players.
“The consortium want to do it properly. Once they get the keys to St. James’ Park, they want to make sure they do things step by step,” Downie said.
“They won’t throw hundreds of millions of pounds in to the January window. Yes, there will be a budget. Yes, there will be money to spend.
“Yes, they’ve got time ahead of January in order to plan what they want to do. They have targets in mind, already, but they want to build gradually.”
Downie on January: What Newcastle need as takeover looms
There are numerous areas of the side that need improvement. The overall quality of the Toon team is far below what it needs to be.
But in terms of actual positions, a commanding central midfielder would be a start. One that can take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Newcastle could also do with some creativity from 10, and right. When everyone is fit, Callum Wilson is up top and Allan Saint-Maximin wide left.
Adding a new no.10 and a right winger is important. In defence, a right-back is important – with Emile Krafth and Javi Manquillo average.
Basically, Newcastle need improvement all over the park – other than Saint-Maximin and Wilson. Martin Dubravka, too, between the sticks.
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