Former Leeds United and Manchester Metropolis defender Danny Mills feels Newcastle signing striker Chris Wooden smacks of desperation.
The Magpies are in dire want of reinforcements this month as they languish close to the foot of the desk. The north-east outfit sit nineteenth within the standings, having taken simply 11 factors from 19 video games this time period. Eddie Howe has been charged with the duty of rescuing their season.
However he has seen his prices take simply six factors since changing Steve Bruce within the St James’ Park dugout. They did decide up their first win of the season underneath the previous Bournemouth chief, with a 1-0 overcome Burnley.
Many big-name signings have been anticipated following Newcastle’s Saudi-backed takeover.
Not many pundits predicted that Howe would decide to signal Wooden. And Mills agrees with Paul Merson that it was a panic buy by the struggling outfit.
“I believe Wooden is a determined signing, that’s the one means I can see it,” he instructed Football Insider. “They’ve checked out it and thought ‘We’ve got to get some targets from someplace, how are we going to do this?’
“Enjoying expansive soccer will not be going to work, they’re going to get overwhelmed. It is likely to be a change of tack, get the ball vast and into the field for Wooden.”
Wooden beaming all the way in which to Newcastle
The Magpies have already snapped up Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, with many gamers linked to the membership.
However the January switch window is notoriously tough to work in, with golf equipment reluctant to let their high stars depart. Subsequently, it’s typically a case of getting what you possibly can.
And Mills believes that could be very a lot the case with Wooden who, he feels, can have been shocked to get the decision.
“He have to be doing somersaults, he should have been doing cartwheels up the M62 and onto the A1,” he added. “It’s an unbelievable transfer for him at his age, it’s completely improbable.
“However it’s a desperation signing, Newcastle could have to vary their ideas and Eddie Howe could have to vary the way in which he desires to play.
“Realistically, he had 18 months to go at Burnley. I’m guessing it was a type of launch clauses that was £30million final yr and the yr earlier than it was £40million.”