Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has been given two priorities in the January transfer window as he uses the Magpies’ huge wealth to guide the club away from Premier League danger. Legendary Sky Sports reporter Chris Kamara has told Express Sport the key areas that Howe must improve upon if his side are to avoid the drop.
The Tyneside outfit are 19th in the league and have won just one game all season. However, they are in the unique situation of having recently been purchased by a consortium majority-backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
It means that Newcastle are able to spend vast sums of money to help their fight against relegation.
They have already confirmed the £12million arrival of England defender Kieran Trippier and have been linked with some of world football’s biggest names.
But Kamara believes there are two more things Howe can do to improve Newcastle after replacing Steve Bruce in November.
One of those is to build around star winger Allan Saint-Maximin. The other is to sign defenders to prevent the incredible flow of goals going in against the Toon Army.
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Newcastle have conceded a staggering 42 goals in just 19 Premier League matches. Kamara believes four or five players must be signed as soon as possible.
“The more top-class players they can sign, the better. [Allan] Saint-Maximin is a really good player, so build your team around him. Get players of his quality,” he exclusively told Express Sport.
“The first think Howe needs to do is stop the goals going in. Build from the back knowing that you if you have a fit Saint-Maximin then he gives you chance.
“I don’t think one player is going to fix it, I think they have got to show their intention and sign four or five players. They need them in situ for the next Premier League game.”
Kamara was speaking ahead of a partnership with eBay and Football Beyond Borders.
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Kamara will provide commentary with proceeds going towards disadvantaged young people.
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