Steve Bruce will be handed somewhere in the region of £60-80million in the summer to bolster our squad, providing we remain in the Premier League.
This news comes from Lee Ryder in the Chronicle yesterday during his Q&A, who seems fairly confident that Bruce will have big funds at his disposal come June.
One thing that has held us back in recent years is our wage bill, with Rafa Benitez often complaining about having to move someone out the door before another could come in.
However, many fringe players at the club are due to leave when their contracts expire this year, with the likes of Colback, Elliot, Darlow, Manquillo (although he could be kept) all set to leave the club. The likes of forgotten men Henri Saviet, Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar should also be moved on to free up the wage bill for new players.
This would give us the potential to fully attack a transfer window and improve our squad, strengthening the areas we need without having to sell our best assets to do so (think Ayoze Perez last summer).
It is clear we have areas to improve on with this current team, and if Bruce was to get a further investment of £80million the pressure would be on for him to deliver – especially as this would make him Mike Ashley’s most backed manager by a country mile.
Lee Ryder’s comments do sound like guesswork more than anything else, so it would be silly to get carried away just yet. But, as the Chronicle’s chief sports writer, he is well connected at the club and this would be positive news if true.