Sam Allardyce has expressed some frustration again over the weekend at the lack of progress on the transfer front.
Sam has already lost Joey Barton for at least 6 weeks with a foot injury and it’s starting to look like Kieron Dyer may want to leave the club.
Let’s take a look at what Sam has been saying to the press â€“ and we’ll try to find out exactly what’s going on â€“ certainly we have to bring more defenders and probably others into the club within a short 3 weeks.
Manager Sam Allardyce
Sam told the Journal today:
â€œIn the last couple of weeks we havenâ€™t got one single face in and I certainly hope in the next week itâ€™s going to be at least one or two,â€ â€œWe need another three or four before August 11 (the first day of the Premier League season) â€“ thatâ€™s a certainty.
â€œEverything has hampered our progress â€“ maybe players donâ€™t want to come, maybe the terms arenâ€™t good enough, maybe clubs want too much money, maybe another clubâ€™s nipped in ahead of us.
â€œUntil you get pen to paper you never think youâ€™ve clinched it. We just have to keep moving on.â€
Sam has already said he wants at least three new defenders in â€“ and now with Barton out and Dyer looking like he may want to go â€“ Sam may also want to bring one or two new mid-fielders in. We were linked yesterday with center-back Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen and also Julio Baptista, the Brazilian attacking midfielder. Both players would be very good additions to our squad.
Hopefully we can look forward to new faces this week and we need to get at least two in â€“ hopefully both defenders â€“ until we know exactly where Dyer stands.
But if Kieron Dyer wants to leave Newcastle then Sam has to get rid of him. Kieron has never produced what he’s capable of at Newcastle and has been injured far too much. If he doesn’t want to be here – so be it. There’s only so much Allardyce can do for players – but if they don’t have the heart to fight for the shirt at Newcastle – they must be moved out.
We only need players at Newcastle who want to be here – then we can at least rely on them to produce 100% in each game – something that has been lacking in their performances over the last two seasons.Â It’s something that Sam – to his credit – will demand from them in every game.