Norwich coach Dean Smith has warned that no club should expect to work its way out of the relegation zone in January.
The Canary Islands are 19th and travel to bottom club Newcastle on Tuesday night, where a win could bring them close to two sides above them and boost their survival hopes.
next Newcastle’s acquisition of a consortium led by the Saudi Public Investment FundHead coach Eddie Howe is expected to get a lot of money to strengthen the squad when the transfer window opens again.
While at Aston Villa, Smith oversaw the following major summer expenses Jack Grealish sold for £100m To Manchester City, before bringing in Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Norwich playmaker Aimee Buendia.
However, this investment alone was not able to immediately propel Villa towards European venues, with Smith in the end kicked out last month On the back of five consecutive defeats in the Premier League Before quickly head back to the hideout on Karu Road.
Smith – who replaced Daniel Farke and took four points from his first two games – knows there can be no quick fix in the search for success at either end of the table.
“It’s always hard to think that you can buy your way out of any position or any position,” Smith said.
“You bring players into a team, and above all, they have to go and settle, there is an integration that they have to settle in.
“Certainly if they are not players based in Britain or have tasted the Premier League before, there is something new in everything.
“The Premier League as we all know is a very talented league and every team gives you a challenge, so it is very difficult to buy a place in the top six or in the bottom three.”
However, Smith agreed that Newcastle would have the financial strength to push deals that might not be possible for other clubs.
“January has always been a tough window for any team,” he said.
“The prices are inflated – but that probably doesn’t matter to Newcastle if they have the fortunes we are told they have.
“They have to have a good plan because even though people are already talking about what they’re going to do, they’ve been in six or seven games before that and they’re going to need to impress the players that are already there.”
Smith doesn’t expect Norwich to need big additions in January, aiming to get the best of it already.
“I myself and (assistant coach) Craig Shakespeare were very impressed with the balance with the team and the quality as well,” Smith said.
“It gives us that renewed belief in our ability to keep the club in the Premier League.”
Norwich created enough chances against Wolverhampton on Saturday to score a back-to-back home win under Smith, but in the end had to settle for a point after a while. Entertaining negative tie.
Smith hopes Norwich can help prevent Newcastle’s “new manager bounce” as Howe prepares for his first home game in the dugout.
“There is more belief within the group now that they belong in the Premier League,” said Smith, who was missing defensive midfielder Matthias Normann with a pelvic problem.
“But we also know the threats Newcastle are facing, so they will be looking to find that balance as well.”