Prior to kick-off in the game between Newcastle United and Aston Villa last night Amanda Staveley along with Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Rueben spoke to Sky Sports.
Kicking off the interview was Amanda Staveley who was asked if she was happy with the transfer business Newcastle had done so far this summer, saying: “I’m delighted. We’ve had a busy transfer window,” she said. “We do have Financial Fair Play constraints so we had to be very, very savvy on bringing right players in but we’ve welcomed three fantastic players in.
Amanda Staveley hints at more transfers to come for Newcastle
“They’ve joined us and this will be their first Premier League game and we’re excited to give them proper St James’ Park welcome. Welcoming new players part of business plan but we will be looking forward to having a slightly deeper squad in the next few months.”
That last line is open to interpretation maybe. Perhaps Amanda is saying that we’re looking forward to having a deeper squad than we had last season, but to me it heavily suggests that there are more players on their way to St James’ Park.
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We know that Eddie Howe wants one more player in before the window closes and that was probably just Howe being conservative, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind a couple more new faces just to make sure the squad is fully ready to compete on four fronts this season.
A couple of defensive additions wouldn’t go amiss for Newcastle
Fabian Schar recovered in time to play yesterday, but for a while, when Schar was out injured it exposed how thin the squad is in terms of defensive back-up.
Some fans have been concerned about the left-back position too given that Dan Burn is still being selected despite being a centre-back, although at this point I think it’s safe to say he’s a left-back. However, a lot of fans feel we need someone else for that position, someone with pace who can support the attack more.
As good as Newcastle were yesterday, with not a single poor performance from all involved, a couple more bodies this month wouldn’t go amiss.