McClaren assesses the current condition of his Newcastle squad

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has suggested that he's happy with the squad he has available.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren chose five words to describe the current state of his squad, with comments covered by the Shields Gazette.

McClaren has resisted the urge to create big expectations and predictions in relation to his current crop of players, as the club look to build on narrowly avoiding relegation into the Championship last season.

“We have what we have,” he’s quoted by the Shields Gazette.

It could be the case that McClaren is reluctant to consider more new players coming into his ranks until after the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.

“It’s a good squad. Now we go to Portland. It’ll be a tough game. I’m so pleased with the two games,” he added.

“You can see the attitude is very good.”

Familiar feelings for Newcastle fans?

Mike Ashley did a very public interview with Sky Sports last season, talking about his ambition for the future of the club.

That created hope among supporters that the squad would be transformed in terms of quality and that some serious additions could be made to the playing ranks.

Newcastle certainly haven’t shut up shop, with the Northern Echo reporting that work permit clarification is the only thing holding up a move for Chancel Mbemba.

The Daily Express have also branded Aleksandar Mitrovic as the ‘Serbian Mario Balotelli’ which suggests an exciting arrival up front.

However, McClaren needs to back up the good work he’s already done in the transfer market to further improve his options and to give himself greater variation to fall back on when he endures difficult spells over the next ten to eleven months.

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