Injury expert makes 'enormous' Newcastle signing claim
The new Newcastle United regime will pump big money into the club’s medical department – and that will be a “huge draw” for new signings.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Newcastle are officially the world’s richest club after the Saudi Public Investment Fund-backed takeover went through on 8 October.
Infrastructure costs are exempt from financial fair play regulations and so the new owners are free to invest without limits off the pitch.
And Dinnery predicts that enhanced medical facilities will give the Magpies an edge over their rivals in the transfer market.
“The facilities, or lack of, at Newcastle are well-documented,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“Mike Ashley was supposed to put the wheels in motion to upgrade them, but those plans were shelved since talk of a takeover began.
“For players at the top level, money isn’t as much of a draw these days. You want competition, a platform, you care about where you go on a daily basis.
“Training facilities and medical departments are taken into consideration by these players. If you want to attract the best, you need the best facilities.
“You can have the best squad, but if your players aren’t fit then it doesn’t matter. There needs to be investment on and off the pitch.
“The new owners have already identified that. They are under no illusions about what needs to be done.
“You’d anticipate an enormous spend in that area, it’s so crucial. It will be a huge draw for anyone considering joining the club.”