Alan Shearer hopes Newcastle will back Steve Bruce by signing players in January, and his sentiments will be echoed by fans, but will Mike Ashley be listening?
Newcastle definitely need to add to the squad during the next transfer window, particularly with a right-winger, and the worry is that Steve Bruce is always an injury or two away from a crisis.
The Shields Gazette reported Shearer said: “If you can keep the majority of the squad fit, then I think they’ll [Newcastle] do all right.
“Then if you look at investment in January, and hopefully that’ll come as well.”
Almost everyone associated with the club will hope the investment comes in January too, none more that Bruce himself, but the only person that can answer that is Ashley.
There is no doubt Bruce has struggled in the Newcastle hot-seat since being appointed as head coach in the summer, which is underlined by the side’s current league position.
But for a couple of impressive wins against Manchester United and Tottenham, it could have looked a lot worse though, and a pair of wins should not paper over the cracks of the poor, and often awful, performances around them.
The displays at Norwich and Leicester were abysmal, and those against Brighton and Watford were little better, despite drawing both the latter two.
So it is obvious to supporters that Newcastle are still short of real quality in depth, and require strengthening in January, but does the owner agree?
Ashley is taking a huge gamble if he does not back Steve Bruce in January
Will Ashley risk losing millions of pounds in value of his club by, yet again, seeing Newcastle relegated from the Premier League?
Without bolstering the numbers, and addressing some key areas overlooked in the summer, it could become a real possibility by May.
Those in charge of the purse-strings at St James’ Park simply must find the money to improve the squad further.
With reports of Newcastle having an “eight figure” amount left to spend, many cynical fans will assume that it will be as minimal as £10 million, which frankly, will be nowhere near enough, especially given the current transfer market fees.
Ashley may not have listened to Shearer’s vision for Newcastle when he was interim manager, but if he wants to stay in the Premier League, he must listen to him now.