Newcastle look set to appoint Steve McClaren as manager.
McClaren looks set to take the reigns at St James’ Park, and a report in the Chronicle claims that he will be tasked with improving two areas of the squad in the transfer window.
A striker and defender are at the top of Newcastle’s transfer wishlist, and it is stated that McClaren will be granted a large transfer budget to oversee the revamping of his play9ing squad.
Although John Carver was heavily criticised for his management of the Magpies last term, it is clear that the Tyneside club possess a squad that is far from the quality needed to impress in the Premier League.
The central defensive unit of Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson is the same one that was utilised during the Magpies’ last spell in the Championship, and the latter especially continually struggled this term.
Daryl Janmaat was the only consistent performer in the back-line, and central midfielder Jack Colback frequently had to play at left-back to cover for injuries and suspensions.
A striker is the other position that is set to be strengthened, and that is also a clear improvement that is needed. Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez provided the only real goal threat, and the former is likely to leave the club this summer.
Whilst Perez has a rightful claim to be starting striker next term, he needs cover and competition, and McClaren needs to guarantee he can bring in a striker who provides a goal threat at Premier League level to fight off relegation.