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Newcastle United: Liam Kennedy discusses club’s transfer strategy

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Newcastle journalist Liam Kennedy doesn’t think that the club will make any signings before the first game of the season against West Ham United.

The clock is very much ticking when it comes to Newcastle and any deals that they want to make this summer, with the club so far yet to make any signings so far this window.

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Not only are they up against it to get a deal done before the transfer window closes – with boss Steve Bruce recently saying that they are waiting for the bigger clubs in the division to make their first – but they are also in a race against time to get the deals done before their opening game against West Ham a week on Sunday.

Speaking about the transfer situation on NUFC Matters, Kennedy, who was answering a question from a fan, cast huge doubts on the idea that Newcastle would be in a position to sign anyone before their campaign kicks off:

“I’ve got grave doubts, simply because of the timing. So what, we’re recording now on Tuesday, you’re talking about 10 days probably to be registered. Look, they’re trying, but I’ve got grave doubts.

“And what I would say, we’re kind of getting to the point whereby if they do sign somebody within that 10-day period, they’re probably not going to be part of the first team, they’re probably more likely to be on the bench.”

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It certainly is putting a lot of faith in the team from last season – a team that was struggling before being more or less bailed out in the second half of it by Joe Willock’s incredible form.

So with no additions likely to be made in time for the opening game of the season, unless there has been a miraculous turnaround in terms of Bruce’s work on the training ground over the summer in making the players better, it doesn’t look very promising that they’ll be in the best of places for the first game.

Let’s just hope that they manage to get players through the door at some point soon, otherwise based on last season’s performances, it might take a miracle for Newcastle to stay away from relegation trouble this upcoming season.

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