Howey suggests Ashley is making a statement with Newcastle United spending

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has suggested that the club have made a statement with their spending.

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels the club’s owner Mike Ashley is learning from previous transfer windows.

Howey was quizzed over his old side’s spending so far this summer, with Newcastle boss Steve McClaren having already been backed over deals for Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Howey has suggested that things are moving in the right direction with regards to spending after Mike Ashley gave an interview to Sky Sports last season, where he pledged that he wouldn’t sell the club until they had won a trophy.

“If you look at it, I think it’s about 20-odd million that he’s spent – We haven’t spent that amount of money for a long time,” he told talkSPORT.

McClaren has to back up these deals

There’s no doubt that the duo coming in at Newcastle are good deals and bode well for the Magpies, with the return of the Premier League now just over two weeks away.

However, he’s got to back them up with more fresh faces in key areas so that he gives himself extra options during congested spells of the season, where the fixtures start to pile up.

Newcastle fought back admirably in the friendly game against Portland Timbers in the 4-3 defeat, but it was a performance which showed how empty the cupboard is in terms of defensive reserves, when first choice players are unavailable.

Newcastle severely suffered under old manager John Carver last season, during spells of the season where injuries accumulated and the manager’s hands were tied in terms of the new options he could bring in.

Newcastle are a massive football club and certainly not one where the gaffer should be forced to routinely use players out of position.

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