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Steve McClaren says he’s counting down the days to the January Transfer Window

6 years ago

Steve McClaren has once again said that he still believes the summer signings are all good players but with the exception of Chancel Mbemba they need time to adapt to the Premier League.

However, the Head Coach also admits that ‘with hindsight’, Newcastle could have gone for other players.

With that window now gone, McClaren accepts that ‘…we have got what we have got – it is time to get on with it’.

Alongside this though, he has also talked about the January transfer window which is still over three months away.

The United boss says that January transfer window will be important for both him and the club, though he claims that they were always going to look at buying players mid-season – not just as a reaction to the winless streak at the beginning of this season.

Steve McClaren’s talk of buying in January is of course at odds with what Lee Charnley has said a number of times, stating that the club see little value in the mid-season window and that bringing in players will be almost exclusively limited to the summer transfer period.

“With this start (to the season), people will obviously criticise the first transfer window, but the people we have signed in that first window are all good players.

“They need time to adapt to the Premier League. Mbemba has been like a duck to water with it. We know that January is coming up and it will be important.”

Review position in January:

“We talked as a club with Graham Carr and Lee Charnley, said we were going to review the window in a couple of weeks, and the position in January. We have said we were going to do that from day one.

“I think every manager would be sitting in here and, with hindsight, answering that by saying, ‘I wish we could have had him and him and him’…but we have had the time to do that and we have got what we have got – it is time to get on with it.”


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