Newcastle United journalist George Caulkin has been sharing his thoughts on the current financial situation at the Tyneside club.
This comes after Caulkin made an appearance on a recent edition of The Athletic Football Podcast, where he spoke about a range of subjects concerning Steve Bruce’s team.
One subject that Caulkin spoke about was the recent statement Newcastle released about their approach to the latest summer transfer window, which claimed their “commitment to being run in a sustainable manner, which secures the financial viability of the club, is a longstanding one.”
It then added that this “does not come at the expense of being ambitious, and it is built on the core principle” that the club will spend what they have.
On this matter, Caulkin had this to say.
He said: “I am sort of concerned, it does feel like we’re building to something, yet again at Newcastle.
“Surely there’s money for a £2m loan fee or a £1m loan fee? They’ve cleared the decks in terms of getting people out of the squad, there should be room for manoeuvre in terms of wages, and in Newcastle’s last match at home to Southampton, fans were calling for Steve Bruce’s head for the first time inside the stadium.
“It wasn’t the whole stadium, it was pockets of it – but if they support Steve Bruce, then he needed help.
“The other thing about this statement, the interesting thing – no one’s put their name to it.
“So what does it tell you about Newcastle? Well, it tells you it’s a mess.”
TIF Thoughts on George Caulkin’s comments on the financial situation at Newcastle…
The recent summer transfer window saw Newcastle bring in Joe Willock from Arsenal for a fee of £26.46 million and Santiago Munoz on a loan deal from Santos Laguna, whilst getting rid of players such as Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu and Yoshinori Muto.
Taking into account what Caulkin had to say, it seems as though he feels that the club does have the financial capability of signing one or two players on loan as they did with Munoz, rather than signing players on permanent deals such as Willock, which would seem to be a rather short-term solution to strengthen their squad.
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Moving forward, if the club do end up looking to loan some players in during the upcoming January transfer window, we feel that the club should look to bring in a winger given that Ryan Fraser looked to have recently picked up a serious-looking injury.
Either way, given that the club look to have passed up the chance to add to their ranks before January, it is no surprise there is anger in the stands and that Caulkin believes the club is in a ‘mess’.