Andy Cole urges struggling Newcastle United to invest

Andrew Cole during the Newcastle United Foundation Dinner  at St.James Park on November 6, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Former Newcastle United striker Andy Cole believes the Magpies could be relegated from the Premier League unless they invest in the January transfer window.

Andy Colehead coach

Manager Rafael Benitez endured another frustrating summer in the market, ultimately bringing in seven players on budget fees, loans and free transfers.

The Tyneside giants only claimed their first Premier League win of the season last week, a 1-0 victory over Watford which provided a much-needed boost to the Toon Army's morale.

 

Nonetheless, Newcastle still sit just one position above the bottom three and remain level on points with 18th-placed Huddersfield Town.

And Cole, who scored 68 goals in 84 appearances for the Magpies between 1993 and 1995, has urged Mike Ashley to bolster the team's ranks and increase their chances of survival.

Andy Cole looks on in the Love Football Zone during day 2 of the Soccerex Global Convention at Manchester Central Convention Complex on September 5, 2017 in Manchester, England.

"The Premier League is a division where you will struggle if you don't invest money," Cole, who was inducted into the club's hall of fame at their annual foundation dinner, told Chronicle Live.

"That is the nature of the beast. If you look at the teams that have come up they have all invested - and even they are struggling.

"Newcastle made a minimum investment and they are struggling. They need that investment. They might be able to do that in January but we will have to wait and see."

The Magpies return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home clash against Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, who sit sixth in the table.

A dejected Christian Atsu of Newcastle United and Rafael Benitez the head coach

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