Noel Whelan suggests that a meeting between Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce and owner Mike Ashley came as the result of the club’s injury crisis.
The former Leeds striker and current broadcast pundit, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Magpies are still under threat of relegation and that their fitness problems are a serious concern.
Bruce confirmed at his press conference that he had met with the Sports Direct supremo in to discuss potential transfers, with less than half of the January window left to go.
Steve Bruce to @bbcnewcastle on meeting with Mike Ashley: “It was absolutely fine. He was very supportive, like he has been. He was interested to see who we were looking at in the window and how we can improve. And, basically, how can he help.” #NUFC
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) January 17, 2020
With Newcastle having as many as 11 senior players out at one time, Whelan suggests that it was an emergency meeting between Bruce and Ashley to try and cement the club’s Premier League status.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Well I suppose when you’ve had that many injuries and you’re unsure when people will be back, they’re nowhere near safe in the Premier League.
“Sometimes you need to freshen things up, bring a couple of new faces in that’s going to make the difference. They don’t want to drop out the Premier League, nobody does – you’re going to lose a lot of money and a lot of players.
“It’s imperative at a club like Newcastle, if they’re going to invest and Mike Ashley’s still looking to sell the club, they remain in the top flight.”
Despite a number of first-team stars returning in recent weeks, Bruce is still missing the likes of Paul Dummett, Dwight Gayle, DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo, while Andy Carroll is a doubt for Saturday’s visit of Chelsea.
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