Steve Bruce finds himself in an incredibly challenging position as the man in charge of Newcastle United during the summer transfer window. He has called for “clarity” over the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund backed takeover, which appears to have stalled again, ironically over a lack of clarity as to who would be in charge.
At present, the former Sunderland boss is left in a position where he has to prepare his squad for next season and make transfer dealings with funds made available by an owner who is in the process of selling the Magpies, hardly an ideal situation. Journalist Ben Grounds has warned that Bruce needs to act fast over this shortened summer period to ensure he improves his squad.
What did he say?
Speaking to Sky Sports, Grounds analysed the situation regarding Bruce’s transfer dealings this summer, saying; “Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is in the dark and wants clarity in the coming days over PCP Capital Partners’ largely Saudi-backed bid to buy out current owner, Ashley.
“The quick turnaround in seasons means time is of the essence if Bruce is to be able to improve upon his squad in the transfer market, but so far, his call for an answer has fallen on deaf ears.
“The proposed takeover has been with the Premier League for almost four months, but with no breakthrough imminent, it appears unlikely that Ashley will dispense with any more transfer funds when he is on the verge of selling the club,” revealed the journalist.
Newcastle were some journalist’s favourites to drop back into the championship this season and even finish bottom of the Premier League. Bruce successfully navigated through stormy waters and ensured the Magpies remain in the top-flight, but the Toon are not in the clear just yet.
Out of the 12 matches Allan Saint-Maximin missed last term Newcastle won just one of them. The Frenchman proved himself to be a match-winner at St James’ Park, and more shrewd additions such as him must be brought in this term. If Newcastle fail to do so, and instead repeat the £40m outlay on two-goal Joelinton, the writing on the wall may just spell relegation.