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Newcastle United owners – Not convinced they have truly grasped the size of the gap

2 weeks ago
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It was very clear to long suffering Newcastle United fans, just how bad the current NUFC squad had become, by the time the club was taken over in October 2021.

After years of neglect by Ashley, the team was clearly light years behind even “average” opposition teams in the Premier League.

After taking the reins in October, the new Newcastle United owners made public statements about winning / challenging for the Premier League title within five years.

Very impressive and music to our ears.

However, what has already become very apparent, even in the first nine days of the transfer window, is that we are not only trying to catch up with existing opposition squads, but those teams are also improving.

Villa are signing Coutinho and now look favourites to add Digne for example.

To bridge this expanding “gap” we need investment in the region of £200m with at least four or five absolute top draw signings.

Trippier is a good buy but buying the likes of Todd Cantwell, who is struggling to get into the only team currently worse than Newcastle, is way short of what is required.

Buying Chris Wood from fellow strugglers Burnley, who has only scored three goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season, is way short of the quality required to keep this team in the Premier League.

However happy I am at having new owners, and for the record, I am still on a high from October.

I am yet to be convinced that the Newcastle United owners and those people advising them, have grasped the size of the “gap” and what is needed in these remaining 22 days of the January transfer window.

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