Newcastle United expect to bring “three top quality” players to join the club this summer…
That is according to the Daily Mail’s North East football correspondent Craig Hope, who claims that Eddie Howe is looking to bring in three players around the £30m as they look to compete for the European qualification places in the Premier League next season.
Speaking on the True Faith: Newcastle United Podcast on the topic of potential incomings at St. James’ Park, he said:
“We’re told there’s going to be three signings this summer, three signings at around the £30m mark. That’s three top-quality players who are coming into what they’ve already got.”
He argues that signing three players of quality rather than buying a whole new squad would benefit the Tyneside club, who have reportedly got a transfer budget of £100m to spend on new acquisitions this summer, according to 90min.
This is due to his belief that it will “maintain the core of the squad which have all had to buy into what Eddie [Howe] has brought into the club”, and that they have now “got to be aiming for European football”.
Our thoughts on Hope’s comments…
Overall, Hope is correct in his argument about Newcastle’s ambitions for next season: if the budget is to be believed, it is a good opportunity for the club to make some ground on the top six in the Premier League, with the introduction of the UEFA Conference League last year opening the door to clubs outside of the touted big six to play European football.
And, as alluded to by Hope during the podcast, the recent signing of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon for £40m is a significant one in this approach, showing that not only are they willing to spend big on bringing in top tier players, but also they can attract these players to move to Tyneside, even from clubs that are already in Europe.
That was also evidenced in the signing of England international Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, who left the club midway through the season to join Howe’s side for £12m, even while Atletico were still in the UEFA Champions League.
And keeping a core of the squad from this season is also a good idea, as the Magpies have been much improved since Howe took the hot seat, and would have finished 6th in the Premier League had the season started when the former Bournemouth boss took charge.
As Hope said, much like the fans, the players have all bought into what the 44-year-old has tried to achieve in his time on charge, and can easily build a formidable team with that core of players that have performed well under him thus far, with a couple of quality signings to help them go up and extra level and make them competitive next season.