Allardyce Desperate for New Faces at Newcastle


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 – and we’ll try to find out exactly what’s going on – certainly we have to bring more defenders and probably others into the club within a short 3 weeks.

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Manager Sam Allardyce

Sam told the Journal today:

“In the last couple of weeks we haven’t got one single face in and I certainly hope in the next week it’s going to be at least one or two,” “We need another three or four before August 11 (the first day of the Premier League season) – that’s a certainty.

“Everything has hampered our progress – maybe players don’t want to come, maybe the terms aren’t good enough, maybe clubs want too much money, maybe another club’s nipped in ahead of us.

“Until you get pen to paper you never think you’ve clinched it. We just have to keep moving on.”

Sam has already said he wants at least three new defenders in – and now with Barton out and Dyer looking like he may want to go – 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 – hopefully both defenders – 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.  It’s something that Sam – to his credit – will demand from them in every game.

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13 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jul 23, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    the curse ov the toon strikes again a think baptista would be great if keiron wants to go cash in on him n we will have to strugle again i think i was looking forward to the begening ov this season but now am a bit worried

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  • Greg B

    Jul 23, 2007 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    There may be some relevance in this mornings papers regarding Baptista.
    It looks like Ferdinand felt he had to come out and say he wants to stay at West Ham, could this show of loyalty be a softner to the fans so thet when he does leave he will say ‘I never wanted to go’?
    West Ham have several center backs and Ferdinand will struggle to play week in week out, he has the ‘premier league experience’ that Sam wants, he has played several times with Taylor for the U21’s and his club West Ham apparently want Dyer.
    To me Baptista would not necesarily be a like for like replacement for Dyer however he would provide a new dimention in midfield. Martins and (hopefully) Owen can provide the pace up front and with the emergence of Milner and the wealth of midfield players we already have maybe we wouldnt miss Dyer.
    I have never seen Ferdinand as a ‘must have’ player however if West ham were to offer him as part of a bid for Dyer maybe it would be a good move all round. Pure speculation obviously but you never know.

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  • jeff

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye Ive got to say the buzz & excitement from when sam came has certainly come to an stand still,he knows what he needs so I guess we have to be patient but with 2 and a half weeks before the big kick off things are not looking as good as first thought…Im still hoping he signs maybe three players in one day or something…….If Dyer wants to leave then fine cash in on him,he’s overrated anyway,and if we could get Baptista in his place that would be absolutely fantastic……But like we all know its the defence that causes most concern,hopefully something will happen this week

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  • Callum

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Sell Dyer and sign Baptista is what I would do if I were BSA.

    Dyer is worth around 5mil, Sign Baptista for around 6-7mil means he only really costs around 1-2mil which again would be great business and leave more money to sign those elusive defenders.

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  • Josh

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I have to say i really like the way Dyer Plays, BUT if he does not want to play in Newcastle anymore i agree it is BEST to cash in on him.

    Dyer is 28 and is past his prime where as Baptista well he is only 25 and looks to be making a name for himself, if we sell Dyer for 5m and Buy Baptista for 6m WHAT A DEAL!

    Baptista did have problems at arsenal his shots on goal were TERRIBLE at times but if we have owen and martins AND viduka up front and him providing i think we have a winning formula, and at least the first year were foreign players struggle over here is over for him, he already knows how to play in England.

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  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Dyer is the most inconsistent player ever. Plus he doesn’t provide any sort of physical presence. He’s only worth playing him out wide, but he can’t pass (unless its short) and can’t cross!
    Baptista is a good player, powerful and has an eye for goal (similar to Kevin Nolan). We’ve got enough quick players to penetrate teams, and it’s not as if Dyer has set the premiership alight.

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  • kev

    Jul 23, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Dyer to me just doesn’t seem to have his heart at Newcastle anymore and agree with kash in saying he’s weak and to inconsistent.

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  • Cicero

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    The sooner we get rid of Dyer the better. Over the past 6 years every bit of controversy and bad headlines regarding the toon has had Dyer involved somewhere along the line. He is fast and can run with the ball at his feet but there isn’t any end result. What’s his best position? He doesn’t want to play on the wings he doesn’t score enough goals to play behind a striker he can’t tackle. In my opinion at best he’s a super-sub who you put on when things are stale and deadlocked just to mix things up. Get rid.
    Baptista is the kind of player we should be bringing in to the squad big, fast and powerful. He’s done a year in the premiership and will only get better.

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  • Greg B

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Have to agree that Dyer dosent seem settled at Newcastle, however it anoys me, we could have left him on the scrap heap, his injury problems were never ending but no, Newcastle stuck by him, got him the best treatment we could, get him back to fitness and now he wants to leave? Just you watch, he will join West Ham and have the season of his life!
    However Baptista would be a nice sweetner in the give and take of things.

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    baines is in mackem talks. why doesn’t sam sign him, he is moaning at not have signed enough players, with 50m we should have signed a defense by now. ljungberg is going to west ham so maybe dyer doesn’t leave. if we were moving in the transfer window and barton wasn’t injured i wouldn’t mind if dyer left but we need DEPTH so we can’t afford to let him go.

    Come on sam hijack boro’s young bid and mackems baines bid PLEASE!!!!!!

    Sign Hangeland and Davies/Barzagli

    And finally sign Flamini and Baptista

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  • Andy H

    Jul 23, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Spot on Birchy – I agree with everything you say BUT I think Luke Young is definitely going to Boro now and is having a medical. Baines would be perfect for us at left back and his size is not a problem. We could easily get him over Sunderland and all we need to do is come up with the £6mil which could be a bargain because he has real potential.

    I also think we should pay the money albion want for Curt Davies because him and Taylor can be the future Engalnd centre back pairing and know each other from U21’s. He looked so composed and accomplished in his year in the prem and is the best in the championship. He was captain last year and it would be great to have two young leaders in our defence. He would complement Taylor well because his special ability is on the ball and covering with his extra pace. Not too bad in the air either.

    He is loyal to West Brom but knows that his career can only progress if he moves to the prem and so this opportunity would be too good for him to turn down. It would be amazing to have 3 of the future England back four at St James – (then we’d only need Richards).

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  • apan

    Jul 23, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    if he doesnt want to play for newcastle anymore just let him go, but i like the idea of exchanging him with anton ferdinand then we got england u-21 centrebacks ahha but im afraid that they cant produce the form week in or week out, baptista is good for that price and he got the height that bsa is craving for, alou diarra already gone to another club so why not we get him!

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  • apan

    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Latest!
    Chinese international Zheng Zhi has revealed Premiership outfits Newcastle and Birmingham City are interested in his services. Speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur last week, the 26 year-old named Newcastle and Birmingham as the two clubs which were ready to offer him a new loan deal.

    I watched him played in the Asia Cup here and his been impressive for them and not to mention he played for Charlton before, i think he will be a good addition and will be more than just a good backup player

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