Three things seemed pretty clear heading into the January transfer window; we’d have money to spend, but were deep in a relegation fight and facing one of the most crucial month’s in the club’s history as a result.
One thing that’s always been uncertain, however, is the quality of player we’d be able to attract. Yes, we have newfound ambition and filthy rich owners, but many feared that we’d miss out on top targets due to their reluctance to join a side at risk of playing Championship football next season.
The January window is just a few days old, yet we appear to be close to securing the signing of Kieran Trippier, with widespread reports now claiming that he’ll arrive on Tyneside in the coming days and complete a move from Atletico Madrid.
Not only would this be a quality signing in a key area, it would be a huge statement of intent and that could really kickstart our bid to go big in this month’s transfer window.
It’s likely that several Toon targets are holding their horses when it comes to Newcastle, being reluctant to join unless they are convinced this is a move worth making in our current predicament.
However, if they see an England international – the first regular we’ve had since Michael Owen in 2009 – and member of last season’s La Liga team of the year become the first signing of the Saudi era, their stance could soon change.
If we are good enough for Trippier, there could be a few telling their agents to get back on the phone to Newcastle United, making his potential arrival a potential catalyst for more quality incomings.
For example, the likes of Lille and Burnley are said to be reluctant to sell the likes of Sven Botman and James Tarkowski. Yet, player power could prove crucial and both could push for moves if they feel they could be missing out on an exciting new era at Newcastle United.