The Magpies already appear to be getting things in place ready to kick off their summer window spending with Fabrizio Romano reporting that 19-year old French striker Hugo Ekitike’s club Reims have agreed a deal with Newcastle to sign him.
Ekitike signing for Newcastle would fit into Dan Ashworth’s way of working as a sporting director as Mills claimed earlier on in the podcast (21:20) that he will still be looking to bring in younger players to Eddie Howe’s squad, but that also won’t be his only focus, as Mills spoke about.
Ashworth could be about to bring on some exciting players to Newcastle, something that fans will love to hear Mills talk about.
Will Ashworth be a success at Newcastle?
(32:55) “I think you have a very shrewd operator, someone who won’t be held to ransom in terms of transfers and I think Newcastle fans can expect some very exciting transfers in the transfer windows to come.
I think, even though their fantastic wealth, he will allow that anyway, I think just in terms of success rate, I think that will improve remarkably.”
TIF Thoughts on Newcastle under Ashworth…
If Ashworth can come into Newcastle, lay down some great foundations for the club, while also striking up top deals in the transfer market, as he did with Brighton in the form of Tariq Lamptey, Jakub Moder and also promoting Robert Sanchez from League One football into the Premier League, the Magpies will find themselves in a very good place.
When Mills talks bout exciting signings, that doesn’t necessarily mean big-name and expensive players such as Lucas Paqueta, who has a £58 million price tag, it could well mean bringing in players like Ekitike, who has been tipped to become the next Kylian Mbappe by some.