Steve Howey warning for Mike Ashley as Newcastle United squad now weakened
Steve Howey has sent a warning to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
The former Newcastle and England star recognising that his old club saw much better results in the final weeks of the season, that finally dragged them away from the relegation struggle.
However, Steve Howey also pointing out just how integral Joe Willock was to that relatively successful run of form.
As Steve Howey points out, the goals from the Arsenal loan player were key to the improved results.
Despite just 11 Premier League starts (and three sub appearances), Joe Willock scored in eight different matches and the games he scored in produced 17 of Newcastle’s eventual 45 points total.
Steve Howey sees Newcastle United already far weaker now, having lost Willock and not replaced him, with the Newcastle squad set to return for pre-season preparations in only 18 days time.
Howey also reflecting on the widespread reporting of Newcastle United’s transfer budget claimed to be no higher than around the £10m mark, a figure that would probably buy roughly a third of a Joe Willock, never mind the other signings NUFC desperately need to make.
Steve Bruce wonders like the rest of us just who Steve Bruce will be able to sign, if anyone, with so little money to spend and the usual lack of ambition Mike Ashley runs the club with.
Steve Howey talking to Sky Sports:
“The Newcastle team that finished the season done really well but when you look at the squad at the moment, it is actually weakened, without them doing anything.
“Because Joe Willock has left and Joe Willock was such a massive influence on the team, particularly with his goals. Now he has gone back to Arsenal and they haven’t replaced him yet.
“Newcastle fans know with the news up here, Steve Bruce’s transfer budget is hardly anything, not a lot at all.
“Certainly not to compete with anybody, let alone any teams at the top of the league or even mid-table.
“So as Newcastle stand at the moment for me, they are actually worse off than they were at the end of the season.
“So Steve [Bruce] has to get into the market, has to try and get some players, but it will be interesting to see who he will go for and who he can get, given the money he has got.”
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