For this article we are going to assume that we have Joey Barton, Mark Viduka, David Rosehnal, Leighton Baines, Derek Boateng and Tal Ben Haim at the club.
Barton and Viduka have arrived and we are fairly confident we can get the remaining four players in â€“ some imminently.
We will now look at the squad we have and ask the question â€“ who else to we need?
We have let go â€“ Srnicek, Onyewu, Bramble, Moore, Bernard, Sibierski and Parker. Albert Luque has also gone to PSV for a season long loan.
We have received Â£7M for Parker.
Letâ€™s also assume that each of the players we bring in cost the following:
Viduka (free), Barton (Â£5.5M), Ben Haim (free), Baines (Â£5M) Boateng (Â£0.7M), Rosehnal (Â£3.3M) for a total of Â£14.5M.
So weâ€™ve spent a net of Â£7.5M to amass the following squad – note the new players are the ones not wearing the Newcastle shirt (that seems to makes sense):
Given, Harper, Krul
Good goalkeepers but we feel we may need to send out Krul on loan for a year or two to give him the vital playing experience he needs â€“ just like Manchester United did with Ben Foster – so we may still need to being in a third goalkeeper.
Solano, Dyer, Carr, Baines, Babayaro
Weâ€™ve put both Solano and Dyer in this group because Sam has said he may play Dyer there and Solano played well for us there last season. So we may not need a right back â€“ and think Carr and Babayaro may be surplus to requirements â€“ especially if we bring in another full-back.
Taylor, Ramage, Ben Haim, Rosehnal
Ben Haim can also play full back as can Taylor and Ramage â€“ through their best positions are central defense. Huntington and Edgar may need to be sent out on loan for a year or two to give them vital playing experience â€“ they both can also play at full back.
Think we are OK for central defense now?
Butt, Barton, Emre, Pattison, Boateng
Two defensive midfielders in Butt and Boateng â€“ and two attacking ones in Barton and Emre. Not sure if Pattison fits in here â€“ he will have to show himself next season if he wants to remain at Newcastle. This at least looks balanced right now.
Duff, Nâ€™Zogbia, Milner, Oâ€™Brien
Of course we can also play Solano and Dyer here but it looks like we may need another right winger. Maybe Freddie Ljungberg or Dimitri Payet could fit the bill there?
Also â€“ this will be a vital season for Oâ€™Brien if he wants to stay at Newcastle â€“ he has shown class and pace playing for Ireland â€“ and will have to show that next season for Newcastle â€“ but he looks to be third choice at left wing. Wolves have always been interested in him and there is news today they may want to sign him.
Ameobi, Owen, Martins, Viduka
Wow â€“ that looks like a potent strike force to us â€“ we have experience â€“ two big men and two smaller goal pinchers â€“ a good combination. We also have 18 year old Andy Carroll â€“ who looked very good last year â€“ maybe he needs to go out on loan to get playing experience?
Well that’s what we think we have right now – some areas are looking good – other areas still need more players coming in.
But we really need your help on this.Let us know what you think of the current squad (assuming those transfers happen) and then let us know who else needs to be brought in.
Hey – maybe Sam will look at this and get a few ideas ……………. OK just kidding.