Football FanCast guest columnist Dan Richards wonders what the best transfer policy for Newcastle is, this January window.
Chris Hughton suggested that the January window is of great significance and Newcastle United have to ensure that they buy wisely, given that funds are likely to be sparse.
He isn’t wrong there and when you assess the sheer importance of an instant return to the Premier League, financially and for the clubs longevity in truth, every player brought in has to be of the quality that will enable us to maintain our excellent start to the season. It is a shame that we haven’t got an owner who won’t speculate to accumulate in order to give us every chance, but then again Mike Ashley isn’t a normal owner.
So it begs the question as to what our January policy should be. I have seen we have been linked with Kilgallon, but is he honestly a better option than bringing in someone like Sol Campbell on a short term basis? My view has always been is that Newcastle should look to exploit the loan market and take advantage of the huge squads of the Premier League’s elite and take some of their fringe players on a six month basis. You look at someone like United and players like Gibson, Possebon, Macheda or at Ars the likes of Randall, Watt or Eastmond, you have genuine young quality here that will all be hungry for the opportunity of being in a competitive environment, oppose to what they currently experiencing at reserve team level. The likes of Tottenham and Manchester City also have an array of players up for grabs and for me that bit more of added Premier League experience is going to be far better than looking to buy the best of the Championship or the Football League.
So what should Hughton do in January? Is he right to target the best of the Championship, or do you feel it would be beneficial to target the loan market and bring in two or three players from the Premier League?
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