Charlie Nicholas has been speaking ahead of our trip to Wolves this weekend, and has had his say on our potential January transfer business while doing so.
The Sky Sports pundit believes we’ve ‘hit a brick wall’ and need a couple of new signings, but predicts Bruce will be restricted to loans – not big money permanent signings – unless the club raise funds via player sales this month.
In reality, he’s probably bang on here. We have two domestic loan slots available and, with us in a healthy position in the league for now, you can’t see Mike Ashley dipping into his pocket again.
Not only that, our 25-man squad is full, so it may take the sale of Gayle or moves away for the likes of Ki or Muto to free up space in Bruce’s Premier League roster.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the club’s current transfer predicament one week into the January window:
“I have been singing the praises of Newcastle but now they have hit a brick wall.
“Steve Bruce needs a couple of loans but I don’t think he will get the money for a purchase, unless they sell a player to earn it.
“They have a few injuries too so they are struggling.
“I have no idea who they will be targeting but they need players in, as they are in but of a free fall situation at the moment.”
Nicholas then commented on our upcoming clash with Wolves, backing us to come away with a 1-1 draw at Molineux:
“Wolves are not overly glamorous but they are sitting in seventh, six points off the Champions League places, so they will want to get the job done and get away from it.
“However, it is these types of games that Wolves struggle with, and I think they will struggle once more.
“They have played a massive amount of games – sometimes you get a rest but it is a mental fatigue as much as a physical fatigue, so they could come unstuck here.”
With Wolves now gunning for a top six finish and us now struggling after an ugly set of results over the festive period, I think it’s fair to say a point would be a solid result on Saturday.
We are good enough to win it – especially if we have several first-team players back for this one – but a draw wouldn’t be the worst outcome in the world to stop the rot.