Newcastle United transfer strategy for the January transfer window

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Premier League side Newcastle United were one of the busiest sides in the January transfer window. The club are currently 18th in the Premier League table, they have picked up just 15 points from 21 league games so far. The club are well and truly in the thick of the relegation battle.

But the new club owners have heavily invested in their first transfer window in charge of the club. The owners backed manager Eddie Howe with significant reinforcement for the side to help the club stay up this term.

The club signed Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, Chris Wood from Burnley, Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon, Matt Targett from Aston Villa, and Dan Burn from Brighton & Hove Albion. Eddie Howe addressed every single department of the team. The transfer strategy followed by the club can divide the signings into short-term signing and long-term signings. Certain players signed by the Newcastle board can be a part of the club’s present and future. While certain signings seem short-term and only to help the club survive the drop this term.

Short term signing

Chris Wood

The injury to striker Callum Wilson meant that the club were forced to look for replacements in January. Newcastle signed Burnley striker Chris Wood for £25million. The striker has signed a contract until 2024. Eddie Howe will be hoping that Wood can get his goalscoring boots on for the rest of the season. But signing the 30-year-old looks like a short-term signing.

Dan Burn

Newcastle also signed Brighton & Hove Albion’s centre back Dan Burn for a fee close to £13million. Newcastle have one of the worst defensive records in the league. They have conceded 43 goals in just 21 league games so far. The club’s faithful will be hoping that Dan Burn can create a partnership with club captain Jamaal Lascelles in the heart of the defence. But just like Chris Wood, Burn also looks like a short-term fix instead of a long-term stay in the lineup.

Long term signings

Matt Targett and Kieran Trippier

The club elected to sign a new full-back pair in the January transfer window. With Aston Villa signing Lucas Digne, Targett looked set to become the second choice left-back at the club. At just 26, Targett has a hand full of Premier League experience and can be a mainstay of the Newcastle line-up for seasons to come.

While Kieran Trippier is now 31, the right-back can still help the side with his qualities for a couple of seasons to come. Signing Trippier seems to be a really smart move by the Newcastle United hierarchy.

Bruno Guimaraes

The Brazilain midfielder is potentially the pick of the Newcastle additions in the January window. The midfielder is one of the best midfield prospects in the world at just 24, Bruno can be the heart of the new-look Newcastle side in the coming years.

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