Eddie Howe has nine games before he can add some players to his Newcastle United squad.

The Magpies needed investment in the summer, but they didn’t really get it from Mike Ashley.

Joe Willock was the only arrival, leaving Steve Bruce with a squad weaker than the one he had last season.

But it’s no longer Ashley or Bruce’s problem, with the takeover leading to the duo leaving St James’ Park.

New Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe Press Conference
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The squad is now Howe’s problem, but he has owners with deep pockets who will help him out when they can in January.

But that might be trickier than it sounds. Newcastle are in the midst of a relegation battle, while reports have suggested that some Premier League clubs won’t do business with the Magpies in January.

But Howe might be able to change the club’s transfer fortunes in the coming weeks.

Signs of life at Newcastle will boost Eddie Howe’s transfer hope

While December is incredibly tricky, Howe’s first four games as Toon boss aren’t too bad. Three games are against relegation rivals.

New Head Coach Eddie Howe Takes Charge of Newcastle United Training
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They face Brentford and Norwich at home, as well as a trip to Burnley. There’s also a game at the Emirates against Arsenal, which won’t be easy.

 

But the other three games are certainly winnable for Newcastle. If the Magpies show immediate improvement under Howe, there’s a chance we could see our first wins of the season.

And if Newcastle can do the unthinkable and get nine points from their next four games, they should be able to move themselves out of the relegation zone.

Yes, there will still be a chance of going down. But there could at least be signs of life that Newcastle can get out of danger even without potential reinforcements in January.

New Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe Press Conference
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And if Newcastle can put themselves in a stronger position by the time January rolls around, perhaps more players will be inclined to come to St James’ Park.

Newcastle are suddenly a very attractive option – but only if they stay in the Premier League. And if our safety looks unlikely in January, players may be unwilling to take a risk and move to the North East.

But if the Magpies can start picking up some wins in the coming weeks, survival might not look such a daunting task. And if that’s the case, more players may be up for a move to Newcastle United in January.

The next few weeks are huge for Howe.

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