This week has been a good week for Newcastle fans with Sam Allardyce being appointed manager. In his interviews on TV and radio he came across as a person who talks a lot of common sense – and somebody who freely admits this will be his biggest challenge.
But after a week in the Spanish sun – he seemed relaxed and healthy – and smiling more than ever – when he arrived at St. James’ Park last Monday.
While there are going to be all kinds of players linked with Newcastle in the summer what types of players do we need at the club?
We’ll need some help from the Geordie fans ( and others) on this one – so sharpen your pencils.
Sam has made a good start by getting 6 players off the payroll who were peripheral to the team. We had predicted the following players would leave in our piece on Owen Will Stay But Others Must Go at Newcastle
- Albert Luque **
- Titus Bramble *
- Craig Moore *
- Celestine Babayaro
- Stephen Carr
- Olivier Bernard *
- Oguchi Onyewu *
Sam released those marked with an * in addition to goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek.
Luque ** is out on loan to PSV so the two full backs Carr and Babayaro are the only ones on the list who are still at Newcastle.
The first thing to realize about Allardyce is that we hope he continues the way he brought players in at Bolton. They don’t always have to be big signings.
We’ve had too many of those in the past which have not panned out. Let’s look at what Sam said recently (some important parts we put in bold) and see what we think he will do:
“The most important thing is probably the recruitment of new players for next season as quickly as we can,”
“To come back for the pre-season with the majority of the squad in place is something I really hope can be achieved.
“If we can start all together then it makes life a lot easier.”I think that there has always been funds available to bring in new players but what we have to do is make the right selection process, to make sure it is the right player, who wants to come to Newcastle and is capable of producing on this stage, on this wonderful stage at Newcastle.
“And that’s not always a big player. It could be someone who everyone else has not quite heard of, but there are plenty of players out there who could come here and come to the Premiership.””It’s been a very, very hectic few days and the decision has now been made, hopefully it will be a very successful time for me, Freddy Shepherd and everyone involved at Newcastle United – pulling in the right direction.
“You only have to look at the past in terms of recent years, I’m under no illusions. I’m under the same pressure as other managers who have been and gone and not quite achieved enough. I’m under the same pressures to deliver as soon as possible.
“But my life is not about delivering instantly but also to build something sustainable. To buy some time initially I need to get the results. Then I can build the back-room staff and playing staff to get results.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the same success as I have in the past four years at Bolton.”
Since Sam’s let three center backs and a full back go – we believe Sam will bring in a whole back four (at least) – two full backs and two center backs – and may still place either Carr or Babayaro (Celestine is the more likely) on the transfer list.
So who are the players who would add value to our squad at Newcastle – let’s split them into center backs and full backs and put down some candidates:
- Center Backs:
Sol Campbell – Portsmouth, Sylvain Distin – Manchester City, Curtis Davis – WBA, Anton Ferdinand – West Ham, Wes Brown – Manchester United, Fabricio Coloccini – Deportivo La Coruna, Gabriel Milito – Real Zaragoza
- Full Backs:
Ben Haim – Bolton, Liam Rosenior – Fulham, Leighton Baines – Wigan, Luke Young – Charlton, Nicky Hunt – Bolton, Gareth Bale – Southampton, Wayne Bridge – Chelsea
Bolton’s Nicky Hunt
We think Gareth Bale is far too expensive and Wayne Bridge may not be allowed to leave Chelsea, and as for Curtis Davis – it will depend on whether WBA can get promoted – but all the others we could probably get.
Sam has already said he will bring in players from outside England so Argentinians Fabricio Coloccini and Gabriel Milito – who seem to have a lot of support on this web-site – could be possibilities.
As far as we are concerned – any two from the center backs and full backs list would be good – four in total.
Remember these players are replacing Bramble, Moore, Onyewu and Bernard – so that should bring a big improvement to our defensive squad.
That’s some of our thinking – have we missed anybody out?
Of course – we would have loved to have signed Jonathon Woodgate – but that miracle didn’t happen. 🙁
Let us know your thoughts on who Sam should bring in – mainly concentrating on the defense right now – which is the major area that needs improvement.