Sam Allardyce has been talking again about the Newcastle squad and the need to get three new defenders into the club – which will round out the squad.
While there’s no panic and still time left in the transfer window – we still have to ensure we are not left short in defense – like we were last August when we failed to sign three players on the last day of the transfer window.
The sooner we get the defenders in the better.
Sam Allardyce talked about his squad yesterday and the need to get the goals spread around:
“We have got to get more goals from other players in other positions rather than Oba or Michael – obviously, Mark Viduka has a good goalscoring record and Shola is back with us now, who has a decent goalscoring record, and Joey Barton has been the leading goalscorer at Manchester City.â€
“There are more possibilities for goals in the side, we have just got to get the permutations right.â€
“But the big concern is I want to score one goal and win a game of football. I don’t want to have to score three every game.â€
“That has been the case at Newcastle for the last two years, that is why they have not got to where they should go, because they have conceded far too many.â€
“That is why I am looking to make sure I sign quality defenders to get those clean sheets which can be very, very important and mean one goal can win us three points.”
Sam has already brought two good defenders into Newcastle in Czech center-back David Rozehnal and Geremi – and still wants another three strong and experienced defenders. It still looks like Barcelona’s Brazilian star Edmilson is likely to join Newcastle in the January time-frame when he is fully fit â€“ but Sam’s concern is to bring other defenders in right now. Like any good team we have to be able to secure clean sheets next season and a 1-0 win is OK by us – as long as we get the 3 points. That’s something Newcastle have struggled with at least over the last 10 years or so. Sam seems determined to correct that flaw.
Sam went on:
“Overall, this squad is very, very experienced and very talented.â€
â€œWhat we need is new players to go with it – and particularly defenders now, and quality defenders at that.
We must find some big, strong, experienced, good defenders.”
Seems like Sam would want to bring in players already experienced playing Premier League football. Players seemingly available in this category include Franck Queudrue, Luke Young, Nicky Shorey, Sami Hyypia, Curtis Davies, Gabriele Heinze, Wayne Bridge and Leighton Baines. Surely we can make some progress with at least a couple of these – although Sam has already said he is not interested in Queudrue.
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