Luke Edwards, in The Telegraph, is reporting in an exclusive that Mike Ashley has put a freeze on any takeover talks while the club’s Premier League future remains uncertain. Newcastle are perched just 3 points above Fulham, who occupy the 18th slot with a much better goal difference.
This news comes on the heels of Newcastle’s confirmation that both Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin will be out until April with their injuries. Edwards states that Ashley’s decision to halt any takeover talks was made before today’s injury updates.
Ewdards says that both Almiron and Saint-Maximin could be out for up to six weeks, which means they may miss our next 5 matches. The most optimistic return date remains the April 3rd match against Tottenham at St. James’ Park.
However, Almiron has suffered ligament damage to his knee while Saint-Maximin has torn his groin. So getting both back and available in just one month seems like a longshot.
Ashley’s decision to delay any talks about selling Newcastle United is not really a surprise. As Edwards states in his piece, it’s hard to agree on a price when neither the seller nor buyer knows what division they’ll be in next season.
The updates on this Tuesday have been a gut punch for Newcastle fans. We are without three of our best players for the next three crucial matches at least. And there’s no end to the Ashley era in sight.
Both Almiron and Saint-Maximin topped our poll as the Man of the Match for Wolves. Miggy, however, made it 7 polls in the last 8 as he narrowly edges out Allan. Now we’ll be without both for the foreseeable future.