Following the one goal defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach, Steve McClaren was put on the spot as to whether there would be more much needed team strengthening this week.

The Head Coach said that whilst they were always looking/hoping for more players to come in, he stated that he expects to kick-off against Southampton with the players currently at his disposal.

McClaren says that he is ‘very pleased’ with his three signings so far but pointed to those as an example of just how long/difficult signing players can be.

“Yes. I would expect what we have got, to start (the season with).”

Looking for more signings this window?:

“Are we looking for more? There’s a lot of speculation out there but nothing is happening at the present moment, believe you me.

“There is a lot of work behind the scenes and it has taken us quite a while to get the ones we have got – we’re pleased with them, very pleased, because of the quality.

Will there be more?:

“Will there be more? I don’t know – I always want more but are they available and can we get them…I don’t know.”

“I’m delighted with what I’ve got to work with now until the start of the season – a big eight days for us.”

As always with doing any deal, it is a balance of how much you are willing to pay compared to how desperate you are to bring in new signings.

That is why the successful clubs are at such an advantage – if they miss out on any targets then they already have a squad full of quality to fall back on.


The pre season friendlies have simply reminded us that whilst Mbemba, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic look potentially good signings, we all knew that a minimum of half a dozen were needed just to get Newcastle into any kind of healthy position, especially when it comes to dealing with any injuries.

The defence as usual looking shambolic at times and gifting far too many goals, as was the case with the winner yesterday (watch it HERE).

A tough run of matches before the transfer window slams shut, against four clubs who finished in last season’s top eight.

As in the past, you wonder just how much of a part those results will play, either way, in terms of whether Mike Ashley allows further significant spending.