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Wolves boss says desperately in need of more quality signings ahead of facing Newcastle – How ironic

2 years ago
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Nuno Espirito Santo has been talking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s match.

Wolves take on Newcastle United in the first game of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

West Ham and Manchester City follow that game at the same venue in Nanjing, with the two winners and two losers playing each other on the Saturday in Shanghai.

Newcastle fans will smile at what Nuno Espirito Santo has had to say.

The Wolves boss desperate to add more quality to his team/squad, saying ‘We are getting close to the window closing’…

How ironic when at this late stage Newcastle have signed nobody, don’t have a manager and have lost a number of first team players.

However, it is still understandable as Nuno is at a club where they have shown ambition and are determined to build on that.

Whilst Newcastle spent around £45m last season and just about got back to zero net spend when buying Almiron in January, Wolves were spending just over £100m with a net spend of £80m, buying six players who cost over £10m each. In these past six transfer windows, Almiron is the only NUFC signing to cost more than £10m.

Nuno Espirito Santo also made some clever cheaper signings last season, Joao Moutinho for £5m and Jimenez and Dendoncker on loan.

Wolves have laid out £46m to convert those two loans to permanent deals and that is what he is pointing to, acknowledging that there has been money spent (a £43m net spend so far as only £3m worth of players sold) but that it has effectively only delivered last season’s team/squad so far.

At Newcastle, standing still is now made to look like an unrealistic dream.

Mike Ashley is currently sitting on a £32.5m transfer profit and a massive cut in the wage bill, with Rafa (and his coaching staff), Rondon, Perez, Diame, Joselu, Barreca and Kenedy off the payroll.

When seeing Newcastle United tomorrow, I have little doubt that Nuno Espirito Santo will be counting his blessings.

Nuno Espirito Santo talking to The Telegraph:

“We need to bring in more but only players who add quality to the squad. When you are trying to do that, it takes time.

“We do need to bring more players in.

“We have only sold players until now…We have lots to consider.

“I hope we make a bunch of very good ones [signings].

“We are getting close to the window closing, it is hard, especially for us who are trying to add quality not quantity.

“We have to improve, I feel we can improve, but we have to add players to compete. 

“We are a very small first team group of players, we are trying to progress. This is a different season.

“We want a small squad where everybody is involved, and we want to do the same next season. We want quality players, not quantity.”

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