After a farcical summer, Newcastle United are up against it to be ready for the new Premier League season.
With the transfer window set close before the season kicks off, the Magpies have less than three weeks to do all their business and rebuild a squad that needs a lot of work.
The manager saga has delayed progress on the transfer front, meaning Newcastle are in a race against time to sign the players they need.
The squad that has been handed to Steve Bruce is strong in places, but needs a lot of work, particularly in the attacking department. With Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez gone, Newcastle need to replace pretty much all of their goals from last season.
This is where Allan Saint-Maximin comes into it. According to L’Equipe, Newcastle are back in the race to sign the winger.
Saint-Maximin is reportedly available for £22.5 million, which would make him an expensive player for Bruce. And with question marks over his attitude and work rate, his signing would be a risk.
But it’s a risk worth taking. With time running out, we need attacking reinforcements. The 22-year-old is a talented player, and sounds like someone who will excite fans with his dribbling ability and pace.
The longer we stall, the more we risk not getting him. And in turn, we could miss out on other targets in the process. Time is against us, and the Newcastle hierarchy are going to have to take some risks in the transfer market.
Then again, that shouldn’t be an issue. The club have been taking risks ever since Mike Ashley bought us. Why change a non-winning formula?