Time to take a little stock at where weÂ stand as far as the size of the Newcastle squad is concerned.
Last season we didn’t have enough players and for the last two years we have had an injury crisis at the club so let’s bear that in mind as we discuss the size of the current squad.
When we look at who’s left and who’s arrived the numbers still look a little light.
Let’s see what the situation isÂ right now.
We have had seven players leave the club since May. They are
Titus Bramble (free), Olivier Bernard (free), Craig Moore (free), Pavel Srnicek (free) and we didn’t pick up the option on Oguchi Onweyu who was on loan from Standard Leige. We have since sold captain Scott Parker to West Ham United (â‚¤7M) and Alan O’Brien for an undisclosed fee to Hibernian.
We have brought in or will bring in the the following eight players:
Mark Viduka (free), Joey Barton (â‚¤5.8M), David Rozehnal (â‚¤2.9M), Geremi (free), Alan Smith (â‚¤4M),Claudio Cacapa (free) and we will soon bring in Drago (â‚¤2.5M) and Jose Enrique (â‚¤4M).
We have also let young third-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul go out on loan for 6 months to Falkirk and Tim made a successful debut yesterday and kept a clean sheet in their 4-0 win against newly promoted Gretna.
So we have let eight players go from the squad last year (including Krul) and brought in the exact same number.Â We must now bring in another goalkeeper as cover for Krul at least until he returns to the club.
We now have the same number of players in the squad as last year with the proviso that a number of the youngsters who didn’t figure last year may now beÂ good enough to join the first-team squad and have an occasional game in case of a dire injury situations or to give them a run out. One such player is Darren Lough who has played admirably at left-back in pre-season and looks to be a decent player for the future.
We think we now need at least a goodÂ right- back and a classy play-making midfielder. Not sure why we areÂ Â pursuing Leighton Baines of Wigan since we seem to have two good left-backs in Drago and Enrique with Babayaro as coverÂ if he ever recovers from injury.
Not sure why we didn’t get Luke Young from Charlton (probabaly not good enough) and it may be that Sam needs to bring in a right-backÂ from outside England. As far as the play-maker is concerned this could be an opportunity to bring in a star player who’s available and splash a little cash on somebody likeÂ Deco from Barcelona or Argentinian Riquelme.
But when we look at the numbersÂ â€“ if we have themÂ right â€“ it still seems the squadÂ is a little lightÂ doesn’t it?
Let’s know what you think about our current squad assuming we get those additional two players, Enrique and Drago this week.
Who do you think we should still signÂ before the end of the season?
Comments always welcome.