Sam Allardyce talked again this morning to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle before he left for Graz – and discussed the ongoing quest to bring new defenders into the club.
Sam’s always worth listening to – so let’s see what he had to say and what we can then glean from his comments.
Sam Allardyce in Pensive Mood
Here’s what Sam had to say today to Lee Ryder on the transfer front:
â€œWeâ€™ll continue to move forward in the defensive areas. David Rozehnal is a big signing. But weâ€™ve got few defenders at the club because I let go one or two who were out of contract. â€œThatâ€™s left a big hole in that area and weâ€™ve got to fill it with the best quality players we can find.â€ â€œThe left-back spot will be one of those positions weâ€™ll fill.
â€œObviously Babayaroâ€™s still with us. He didnâ€™t figure that much last year, but Iâ€™ll be interested to see such a fine player and whether we can help him in any way to make him fitter, stronger and better so that he can play and compete for Newcastle United in the last year of his contract.â€
Very interesting the way Sam talks about Babayaro â€“ if he said that about you â€“ you’d probably want to try a lot harder than if you were completely ignored. To us that’s man-management magic again from Sam. No wonder he gets the very best out of his players – he’s even got me looking for my old boots.
Before he arrived at Newcastle we had no idea he was such a personable and upbeat a guy.
The defenders we are still after include Edmilson, Beye, Hyypia and Shorey with some reports we may be after Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen. Hyypia will be more of a squad player – as we’ve discussed before – and if we get him it will be because of the immense experience he can bring to the squad. In addition he can bring a winning attitude to the squad â€“ since he’s had plenty of that while he’s been at Liverpool.
Just for the record Hangeland is a 6â€²5â€³ Norwegian center-back who has played 45 times for FC Copenhagen (1 goal) since 2005. Before that he played 114 times for FC Viking and scored 6 goals. He has represented Norway 30 times with no international goals.
We think anyone of these would be good buys. However, not entirely sure about Brede Hangeland â€“ since if we do get Edmilson wouldn’t it be overkill to have the Norwegian on board? Maybe Brede will be a real a target if Sam cannot get Edmilson for some reason – that seems to make more sense.
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