Do you think Newcastle United will end the month with a stronger team squad than they started the month?
Will Mike Ashley have spent money or raked cash in?
When I speak to fans of other clubs I get the same answer time after time when discussing the January transfer window.
I think Mike Ashley will sell at least one key player and probably buy at least one, the net result in my opinion though is that the team won’t be better off and more money will have come in than gone out.
My non-Newcastle friends all say along the lines of, ‘…surely after the start you’ve made to the season, Ashley wouldn’t be that stupid to not strengthen the team and make sure you stay up there’?
The answer I would say is a most definite YES it is possible because history tells us it has happened a number of times before.
Failure to strengthen, or even worse weaken, the team will be final confirmation that Ashley is trying to get as much money in as possible as he waits for a willing buyer.
If he did strengthen then it would raise my eyebrows and suggest he could really have at least a short/medium-term plan other than simply getting as much money back before he sells.
I know where my money would go but in January do you think Mike Ashley will buy, sell or stick?