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Former Newcastle United star speaks out ahead of anticipated 2023-24 campaign

A return to the Champions League has been a sight for sore eyes on Tyneside in the wake of Newcastle United’s unexpected and ultimately successful charge into the top four across a fantastic 2022-23 that has proven the club to be on course under new PIF ownership.

With a manager in Eddie Howe at the helm and a squad perfectly suited to his philosophies, it is up to the club’s hierarchy to supply the former Bournemouth headmaster with additional tools this summer in order for Newcastle to remain among the domestic big boys whilst also giving a good account of themselves on midweek nights against the best Europe can muster.

For former fan-favorite Newcastle winger Laurent Robert, it is imperative that the club financially ensure that they can not only sustain the level reached last season but improve on it moving forward.

Robert, who spent four years on Tyneside while also featuring for the club in Europe between 2001-05, was questioned on whether a club needs huge financing from their ownership to continue to secure big deals (in the vein of the impending move of Sandro Tonali) in order to be a top side. His response is what you’d expect.

“Yeah, we need money! And after that, you need to have good players. And the transfers, when you have money, you put money like Paris [PSG]’s different. In England, the football is different. In Newcastle, much different because you have good support, and the fans are fantastic. They played very good last season, and I hope for this season maybe the same, and better.”

Though it remains unclear just how much financial muscle the club will be able to flex across the summer window, the impending move for AC Milan star Sandro Tonali speaks to the club’s continued effort to add more quality to the ranks under Howe, which is sure to continue as the club remains linked to the likes of James Maddison, Mohammed Kudus, and Joachim Andersen.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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