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Newcastle United: John Gibson drops Mike Ashley claim

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John Gibson has been speaking about Newcastle United’s transfer policy and window on the Everything is Black and White podcast.

Gibson spoke about what he thinks Mike Ashley is telling Steve Bruce when the Newcastle manager asks the owner to release some more transfer funds as he looks to improve a squad that has failed to score in its last two games and is yet to win this season.

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The Magpies limped out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening at the hands of Burnley with the match finishing 0-0 before the away side advanced into the next round via a penalty shootout and it may have been a wake-up call for the hierarchy to give Bruce some more options by bringing in at least another player this window.

Gibson gave his thoughts on the transfer window business and what Ashley will be telling Bruce.

“I’m certain Ashley is saying to Steve Bruce when Steve Bruce is making out his case: ‘you’ve got exactly the same squad as you had at the end of last season with Willock coming back, you keep telling me what a wonderful run in you had to the end of last season, so that proves you can do it, so on you go and do it again’.”

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The are arguably in a worse position in terms of their squad compared to the end of last season as they have lost Andy Carroll, who was often on the bench and are yet to replace him, although they have salvaged the window slightly by bringing in Joe Willock on a permanent basis.

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Steve Bruce will be aware that his side are likely going to be in a relegation fight once again as they have started the season poorly, conceding six goals in their opening two league games and that should be a sign that more reinforcements are possibly required if they are to beat the drop or improve on last season’s 12th-place finish.

So if Gibson is right about the approach that Ashley has taken to this transfer window, it would appear that the owner is arguably mostly to blame should Bruce’s side fail to kick on their late flourish in the previous campaign.

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