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Which Players Will Sam Bring Into Newcastle?

8:35 am, Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

Sam Allardyce is ready to strengthen his defense again and met chairman Chris Mort yesterday to discuss additional funding.

Chelsea’s Glen Johnson and Lassana Diara are both being mentioned in the press as possible targets, and we reported yesterday that Newcastle have also enquired about Atletico Madrid’s combative French midfielder Peter Luccin.

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Sam Allardyce – has 3 days to bring in at least 2 players

Juliano Belletti, who Sam had been pursuing for a number of weeks finally signed for Chelsea last Thursday so he’s now out of the picture. We are also still waiting for Abdoulaye Faye to arrive although the news yesterday was that at least a fee has been agreed between Newcastle and Bolton for the player.

Allardyce admitted to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday:

“The injuries to Carr and Ramage are a problem to us. We have got to make sure we have enough cover and quality in the club to cover these particular injuries and that might force us into the transfer market.”

“We know Carr has a hamstring injury but we do not know what grade it is yet, and depending on this he will be out for between two and six weeks.”

“Ramage is in too much pain for us to examine and find out the extent of the knee damage, but it appears a bigger injury.”

According to the Chronicle Allardyce is still not absolutely sure of signing Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton but he can always switch Geremi or Steven Taylor to right-back, and he knows that Nobby Solano can also play in that position.

Nobby’s family have now made the move to London and it’s anyone’s guess whether he gets his wish to join them in the next 3 days. From a selfish Newcastle viewpoint we hope he stays at Newcastle, but we don’t know the extent of the family difficulties Nobby is undergoing.

One thing that’s good for the fans is we’ll know who we’ve got into the squad within a short 3 days – as the transfer window closes at midnight this Friday.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gingergeordie // Aug 28, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    RB is essential and would trust sams judgement
    hope nobby stays
    as for mid field if zog comes forward and emre gets fit we should be ok
    is it true that oba walked straight down the tunnel on sun??? i hope he’s not peed off already been replaced AGAIN!

  • 2 Chris F // Aug 28, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    i think a move for Ryan Taylor from Wigan would be a good idea, though he may be a bit pricey.

  • 3 ThaiFAN // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    I’m sure we’ll need a couple of signings, if we want to win something or finish the spot we need. I’m sure we really need a right back, and another versatile player who can play at the center and side back. and it’ll be a great surprise if we can capture one of a playmaker ,we desparately need the one who can do a magic passing to feed our strikers.

  • 4 graeme dev // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Sams policy is that after every game ,every player goes down the tunnel for a rub down etc, so dont read too much into that, the other 2 subs were carried off otherwise they would have done the same!!!!

  • 5 Shearer 4 pm // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    get gary o neill for holding midfielder also get diop and i have a sneaking feeling glen johnson will be joining but i hope not. i would like to see clerc or matt taylor or alves on loan as he is not happy at sevilla and is lookin for a move away and may appriciate a first season in english football to get used to it before he makes anything perminent and it will run down a year on his contract

  • 6 Lamesley Mag // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    We need a RB so expect us knocking on Chelsea’s door for either Johnson or Diarra who’ll be heading north this week!

    Johnson was brilliant at West Ham but has not quite succeeded at Chelsea and needs a change. I’m confident BSA will bring out the best in him.

    Faye should sign this week together with Diop fom Fulham…..

  • 7 ende // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Bring in Deco for 8m + Emre, move Geremi to right back. Problem solved. If we can bring in a suitable RB for cover, great… let’s not bring someone in for the sake of bringing someone in though. I’d rather cover RB with one of our CB’s (Taylor?) than a poor, ‘real’ RB.

  • 8 Beastie // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    bring in one of the lads from chelsea to play right back, also an attacking midfielder deco maybe but cant see it, would love big papa diop to come to the toonprobably cost 3million!

  • 9 Dirk // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    dont rate glen johnsen at all, waste of money personally we need someone much better, we should never think of swappin emre! buy deco but just for money no swappin players. as for rb lets go for barragan or bosingwa

  • 10 Tez // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Justin Hoyte from Arsenal?

  • 11 TOON1 // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Diarra from chelsea on loan ,or hoyte from arsenal for rb ,faye i think will come in this week ,and get big papa bouba and we are sorted.

  • 12 Hadji // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Why nobody is even mentioning Arne Friedrich from Herta Berlin,represented his country 50 times,known as one of the best and fastest right backs in Germany.He could be an excellent bargain,in my opinion even 9 mill pounds would be Ok cause you know what you’re buying.He’s a proved quality not Justin Hoyte or Ryan Taylor or even Glen Johnson.They’re just Ok but not good enough for the ”Sleeping giant”.Howay the lads.

  • 13 Mark89 // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    I agree with Hadji, Friedrich was a rock in the German defense and got forward at every opportunity. However 9 million maybe a bit pricey.
    Midfield wise I think that gingergeordie is spot on with the Zog coming forward and Emre back in the fold, we should be fine. Enrique’s debut is Wednesday???

  • 14 Len Smith // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Dear Oba, I am going to assume you are fashionable enough and savvy enough to read this site. Its normal for forwards to get substituted with 15-20 minutes to go every game. Its a standard tactic to let someone fresh have a run at the tiring defenders. Get used to it. Also get used to the idea that you won’t be starting every match and that from time to time you will be the one getting the last 20 minutes against a tiring defence.

  • 15 Mick G // Aug 28, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Lamesley Mag ,Johnson wasn’t all that brilliant at West Ham he only played a handful of senior games for them,but was hyped up by the press because he was English young and wasn’t awful.Chelsea, because they suddenly came into a lot of money and there backers had no knowledge of football bought anybody that was being highlighted in the press,infact if they had read the Express at the time they would have bought Princess Di.As you can tell I’m not a fan and there must be someone out there better than Johnson.

  • 16 Shearer 4 pm // Aug 28, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    german league is very different from the english alot less physical and because we have injurys we need someone to come in stright away with prem experience not like enrique where we have cover and he needs time we have no, one at right back to cover except geremi that will leave a gap in the midfield

  • 17 phil // Aug 28, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Dear Len Smith, I am going to assume that you would rather our players were happy to be substituted off then? I would rather our players showed some passion and were pissed off if subbed unless injured. I know I was never happy to be subbed but you do realise the reason, just doesnt meen you need to be happy about it.

    As others have said players are under instructions to go down the tunnel. Now if he stormed off down the tunnel like the media, and those more gullible fans who believe all they read, said then why would he shake the managers hand?

    I think in short being unhappy about being subbed is a good thing, as long as you realise why, which is fairly obvious.

  • 18 valle // Aug 28, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    I really have a problem naming the right back we need, i could say Zaccardo or Lahm but that properly wont happen and i must admit that im not jumping up and down at the prospect of landing either Faye, Johnson or Diarra. But then again, if u had asked me about centre backs before Sam came i properly wouldnt name Rozehnal and Cacapa and they both look class acts so i guess its a question of “in Sam we trust”…

  • 19 Danger Mouse // Aug 28, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Alves on loan, love it.

  • 20 Shaun Dean // Aug 28, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Out of all the right backs mentioned i beleive that only Friedrich is good enough and the type of caliber player we should be aiming for. Hoyte, Johnson and ryan taylor are all medicore players. I also hope we sign Diop so he can replace Butt as DM.

  • 21 Shearer 4 pm // Aug 28, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    just heard dyer broke his leg haha what a great footballing loss

  • 22 Graham // Aug 28, 2007 at 8:57 PM

    Shearer 4pm how dare you – first us newcastle fans are accused of anti muslim chanting and then you have the cheek to see the funny side of poor Kieron Dyers terrible situation.. sorry i cant take it any more ive gotta get off the floor and put some dry pants on!

    I hope west ham is close enough to ipswich for his family to visit him in his hour of need – maybe he should’ve moved even closer to home!

    Just think a championship player has done what many geordies have wanted to do every friday and saturday night on the quayside – and he wont even get done for assault – nice one!

  • 23 Dirk // Aug 28, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    hope dyers ok i still rate him and think he’s a good player, we shouldn hate players for being on other teams thas stupidand twatish. would luv to c friedrich hes a quality rb bu dunno if he would b able to keep up with the pace of english football as german football if really slow.

  • 24 Aussie geordie // Aug 29, 2007 at 4:16 AM

    I think Oba might be suffering of a bit of the Owens. Remember how Zog reacted when Duff was brought in last year? Yes its the other way around as Oba was bought to cover Owen but you get the drift. I think he’d like to get the chance to play with Owen and not always be his replacement and I hope Sam gives him this chance.

  • 25 ryan magomu // Aug 29, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    guys i think we need 2 more defenders.like big sam says.as long as they are not costing much.we get faye who is versatile.about a creative midfielder i dont think we need to buy a new one coz we have both burton and emre who i believe are good lads.so in that area chapter closed.they will be back as long as we dont loose our concentration.its better we get people who are used to the premiership than going to other leagues where it will take them some time to get used.oba was frustrated coz i could see it in his eyes but i think that will make him fight harder next time by scoring goals.viduka scored a brilliant goal gosh.maybe marins and owne should do the same too if they want to start games and maybe stay on.another guy is ameabi i think he should be given time to play too

  • 26 ugandanmagpie // Aug 29, 2007 at 7:27 AM

    Ausie
    seee thats wat makes players great.it brings out the best of the players.look at the way babayaro used to play just coz he knew he was the only person in that position but now i dont he will have anything to say trust me.he might not even get back to the squad.we should sell him off.he was a good player at chelsea coz there was competition for places.

  • 27 Bw positive // Aug 29, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    The situation regarding rightback is rather conspicuous, WE AINT GOT ONE. Carr is too slow, too small and makes too many mistakes. Ramage switches off and lacks true quality and confidence. Geremi for me would be ideal as rightback, as he could still have the same influence he has if he were playing in a slightly deeper role. However we would still need cover for him. I believe Glenn Johnston on the cheap would be a great singing, he is english, had experience with the nation setup and has vital premierleague history. So as a squad player he is vital. He did well at Portsmouth and to be fair, many have failed at Chelsea. Faye is also a great signing, both very shrewd. Still believe our defence to be vulnerable. Johnston, Taylor, Roz and Enrique have ZERO premiership history, especially as a unit with only Taylor, who is still learning his trade, having experience. We need someone who can learn these lads. Deco is a pipedream and to be honest, I dont think playing for a gritty Newcastle side, which is what we are at the moment, would unlock the best out of him. Personally think he would sulk alot especially considering the nature of our game. If he cant get his funk on for Barcelona, then leave him. He is spiralling. We should only be signing players which are either unhappy at a bigger club or want to move UP to a bigger club in Newcastle. Deco would be in decline, and I seriously think we would take a loss. Emre is a quality player, give him the chance especially with Butt and Geremi keeping it together behind him. Im disapointed Sam hasnt been able to get the experienced centreback he so often cited as his prime target. Why Ramage, Carr and Baba are still at the club for, is another concern. ALL THREE are quite simply hitting above their weight. I couldnt careless if Ramage is local, SO AM I and 50,000 fans at home games, for me thats enough. Personally however, I would buy Glen and Faye, put Geremi as rightback with Glen as backup. Meaning midfield we could put Barton, Emre and Butt. With Nzogbia getting chances in place of Emre and or Enrique depending on form/opposition and Duff competing with Milner.

  • 28 Aaron // Aug 29, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    I’m not convinced by Glen Johnson or Justin Hoyte and I’ve never heard of this German fella either so i can’t really comment on him. However i don’t really see Sam splashing out £9m on a right back. I am convinced Geremi should be playing ar right back as i havn’t been convinced by some of his midfield performances and seem to remember his better performances coming from right back.

    Don’t get me wrong i think he will be a fantastic player for us and has done a great job of captain but i would rather see Butt, Smith and Emre battling in the midfield.

    Does anybody think that with Faye coming in that Sam might adopt a back 3 (Faye, Tayls and Roz) and play with wing backs (Milner and Charles)?

    Although not 100% convinced by this formation from past experiences under Robson when he tried it i feel this could make us even more solid especially away from home.

  • 29 boydy // Aug 29, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    quality news beye is signing and faye is watching the barnsley now so looks like we will have the two defenders we want before friday good news




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