Eddie Howe defends transfer record after Bournemouth Solanke & Ibe fall as Newcastle boss line up in January

EDDIE HOWE claims he was “more right than wrong” with his Bournemouth purchase – as the Newcastle boss plans to target January from his hotel room.

Toon boss is self-isolating this week after Tested positive for Covid last Friday and will miss Saturday’s clash with Arsenal.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has defended his transfer record


Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has defended his transfer recordCredit: PA

So, with time in hand, and the rock bottom Newcastle’s situation becoming more desperate than ever, Howe must catch the eye when the transfer window opens.

He claims that there are more hits than misses with Cherries, despite idiots like £15 million failure Jordon Ibe left a bitter taste.

The regime led by Saudi Arabia will hand him over £50 million to save Magpies from danger.

A modest budget for the richest club in the world is facing relegation, but the purse strings could be eased.

Howe, 43, said: “We’ve made some very, very good signings and we’ve made some not so good signings.

“As long as you are right rather than wrong, which I feel we did at Bournemouth.


“If you look at the signings as a whole and you look at them one by one, I would definitely say the same.

“Unfortunately, the negative ones are highlighted more than the positive ones.”

Having the cash to splurge is nothing new for Howe, who has spent around £250m in five Premier League seasons on the South Coast.

As with Ibe, the nearly £70m money poured into Jefferson Lerma, Brad Smith, Dominic Solanke, Max Gradel and Benik Afobe leaves a lot to be desired.

The relegation puts a negative twist on Howe’s record, but dig a little deeper and there are plenty of gems unearthed.

Three people – Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson – are with him at St James’ Park.

If you look at the contracts as a whole and look at them one by one, I would definitely say the same.

Eddie Howe

This trio cost Bournemouth £3.8m before moving to Newcastle for a total of £32m.

Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £40m, double what they paid Chelsea, while Arnaut Danjuma was sold to Villarreal for £20m, generating a healthy profit.

And he spent £1m on Aaron Ramsdale in 2017, selling the England goalkeeper to Sheffield United three years later for 18 times that.

At Burnley, Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings were both sold for profit – as were the top players Ben Mee bought.

Howe has full control over the Bournemouth purchase, but will eventually have to get used to working alongside a Tyneside director of football.

He included former teammate Richard Hughes on his team at Vitality Stadium, who eventually became technical director.

‘My need for time is huge’

But if Amanda Staveley and Saudi get the first choice Former Chelsea manager Michael Emenalo, it will be new territory for Howe.

Emenalo holds a lot of power at Chelsea, so if he is to get the gig it will be important that their stars fit in.

Howe, who managed the 3-3 draw against Brentford from his hotel, added: “At Bournemouth I never signed a player I didn’t want, but I always said it was. a collaborative effort.

“Whatever that structure is, it’s essential that you have people in a position that can help you manage. My need for time is great.

“You can’t be everywhere, you can’t follow goals somewhere else, so that’s where the people who bring the players to you need to work very well.”

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