Eddie Howe is facing his first transfer window at the helm of Newcastle but despite being by far the richest club in the world now, he has admitted that they need to look at their options “realistically”.
Newcastle are still far from the pace, even with the introduction of Howe after Steve Bruce was sacked after the club changed hands.
The Magpies became the richest club in the world when the Saudis signed the deal in Newcastle earlier this year. Amanda Staveley, who led the deal, had high ambitions and indicated that she would like to challenge for the Premier League within five years.
However, action is starting at Newcastle and before they can look ahead they have to ensure survival this season, which is becoming increasingly unlikely given the heavily burdened side among the last three.
For Newcastle to make the great esc -e they will have to work a miracle in January but Howe has admitted they need to be realistic in the upcoming transfer window.
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Newcastle squad needs serious investment and their sad season is the result of many lackluster windows under the Mike Ashley ownership.
Of course there has to be a transition now and changes won’t h -pen overnight, but if Newcastle isn’t careful their plan will be postponed for at least two years.
Newcastle are no strangers to relegation and they’ve been in and around the bottom three since they returned to the Premier League in 2017.
But this season has been particularly dis -pointing and while strengthening defense is a priority, Newcastle may still need a new striker to score the goals regardless of Howe’s “realistic” plea.
Newcastle are joint worst and have only achieved one Premier League win in the entire season – a narrow 1-0 win against relegation rivals Burnley.
They have also scored a -23 goal difference so far and with all the teams above them scoring much better results Newcastle’s chances of survival are even less.
Howe will have to fire his team as he is running out of time but with a tough duel against Manchester United before the new year, a resurgence may have to wait until 2022.
Newcastle will have to act fast in January to secure the players they need and quickly get them to sing from the same song sheet Howe may have to create so far due to his sloppy start under the former Bournemouth boss.
Howe, however, -pears to be convinced of an improvement.
He recently said: “I think the work at the training ground is a good job I think and we will see the fruits of that work.
“It may take a little while, but I am very pleased with the progress we are making while realizing that we are also in an earnings business.”