On Friday, Newcastle United’s manager, Eddie Howe, emphasized that he can’t simply throw money onto the table to strengthen his squad in the ongoing transfer window, despite having the support of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
During this transfer window, Newcastle has made signings totaling a net of £95 million ($121 million, 110 million euros), which includes bringing in players like Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes, and Tino Livramento. However, the departure of Allan Saint-Maximin from St James’ Park has created a need for further squad reinforcements, particularly in the central defense position.
Although eager to enhance the team, Howe acknowledges that he must now navigate the Financial Fair Play regulations rather than solely relying on spending more money. In a press conference ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday, Howe stated, “We can’t simply go out and throw money onto the table to acquire a player. Our current resources are limited due to FFP restrictions. We need to explore alternative approaches instead of immediate financial expenditure.”
Newcastle secured a top-four finish last season, granting them a spot in the Champions League. Reflecting on the team’s situation, Howe expressed his personal desire for another player. He believes that adding one more player to the squad would provide the ideal depth, especially considering the existing injuries the team is dealing with.
Newcastle’s impressive ascent owes a lot to Eddie Howe’s adept handling of a £250 million spending spree, which enabled the Magpies to assemble a competitive squad. Additionally, their rise was facilitated by the lackluster performance of Liverpool, Tottenham, and Chelsea in the previous season.
However, expectations are that all three aforementioned teams will rebound this season, leading many experts to predict that Newcastle might struggle to secure a top-six finish.
“Despite the odds, I encourage all of us to unite and fight relentlessly to prove the naysayers wrong. In my role, it’s a daily task to defy expectations,” emphasized Howe. “My driving force has always been the fear of failure. While some might view this as pessimism, it has been the motivating factor throughout my career, pushing me to work diligently and ensure we evade such setbacks.”
In the upcoming match against Villa, Howe is considering fielding Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes, and Tino Livramento for their competitive debuts. Moreover, defender Fabian Schar has recovered from a thigh injury and is ready to play. Unfortunately, midfielder Joe Willock is anticipated to remain sidelined until the middle of the following month due to a hamstring issue he sustained last season.
“I anticipate that we’ll feel his absence (Willock) during the initial set of matches prior to the first international break,” Howe remarked.