Just how Newcastle United decide to approach the January transfer market will be fascinating and compelling.
Gone are the days of Mike Ashley’s laborious approach to recruitment as a new era under PIF’s guidance promises plenty in terms of new signings.
The Saudi’s have very nearly completed their backroom puzzle at St James’ Park with a new manager in Eddie Howe now contracted to the club.
They still need to address the vacant director of football position but conversations are set to take place with Michael Emenalo who appears to be the favourite.
If he does arrive in the northeast, then he is set to have a very strict brief according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Speaking on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE on Wednesday, he delivered an update on the areas Newcastle would be targeting over the winter.
He said: “I’m told for January they want a centre-back, and they want a creative midfield and a striker. This is the list for Newcastle in January.”
Although Romano doesn’t go into detail over who might be on their shortlist in January, the Toon Army should be delighted by what they’re reading.
After all, those three areas are absolutely imperative if they are to survive relegation and stay in the Premier League.
A central defender is of utmost importance, especially when you consider their quite frankly woeful record at the back in 2021/22.
That is one of the biggest problems that Howe will need to address in the coming months with a grand total of 24 goals conceded this term, the second-highest in the entire top-flight. Thus, the addition of a new centre-back will be welcomed at St James’ and it’s that area that should elate supporters the most if they can convince a top talent to join them.
A midfielder is greatly needed too. After all, only Javi Manquillo and Allan Saint-Maximin, neither of whom are central creative individuals, have picked up more than one assist in league action this season.
Thus, the addition of a playmaker in the middle of the park is sure to go down well with fans, particularly if they swoop for someone of the calibre of Donny van de Beek, a name regularly linked with the Toon.
With players like Dusan Vlahovic and Timo Werner linked from an offensive persuasion, this could be a particularly compelling few months for Newcastle. The St James’ faithful should definitely be delighted at how things are playing out.