This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Steve Bruce has revealed Newcastle intend to strengthen in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Magpies have loosened the purse-strings over this calendar year, with the likes of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton arriving in consecutive transfer windows to club-record deals.
Now, Bruce has admitted the side still needs more additions to give it some extra quality, and pointed to both Almiron and Joelinton as examples of the kind of influences they could have.
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He said, via The Chronicle: “It’s vitally important you look to get better. In the last week it was taking stock of what has happened in the past seven weeks. In the next week in January we will look with Steve Nickson with his crew to see where we can strengthen.
“At any club you feel you can strengthen. I think we are in a position like five or six (clubs) are looking for that real bit of quality to make you better. We’ve seen Joelinton and Almiron back in January that give you that little bit of quality at the top of the pitch, they can certainly help us.”
Make no mistake about it, making a signing in the January transfer window can act as a major boost for the entire club. Newcastle’s late addition of Almiron earlier this year for a club-record fee naturally raised the excitement levels, and a similar sort of move this time around can also have the same effect for Bruce’s side.
Since their disappointing defeat to Norwich, the Magpies have been somewhat more resilient, picking up a win against Tottenham and drawing against Watford. However, the age-old concern of where their goals will come from still remains.
Joelinton’s record last season at former side Hoffenheim was less than prolific with just 11 goals in 35 games, and Almiron’s goalless start to his Tyneside career is similarly worrying. If Bruce can convince Mike Ashley to dip his hands into his pockets, then Newcastle could be set for a late Christmas present.