Sam Allardyce talked today of some possible signings in January. It was announced yesterday that Celestine Babayaro will be leaving Newcastle, and the club have agreed to pay up his contract through the summer of next year.
Michael Owen – back for Derby County game just before Xmas
Sam said today:
â€œIf I was going to sign anyone it would be with a much longer-term view than January and February,â€
â€œWeâ€™re looking to build a first-team squad capable of competing at the top level, but we are also looking to improve at youth level and make signings there.â€
Allardyce signed Â£6.5M Jose Enrique as our left-back in the summer, but Jose has not played there too much and right now young Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, has the left back position.
Whether Sam will be buying another left-back remains to be seen, but we see that Matthew Taylor has been made available by Portsmouth. We were interested in Matthew a couple of years back, but we have no idea what Sam thinks of the player.
Big Sam has also arranged for a behind-closed-doors game this week to help with the recovery of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio CaÃ§apa and Shola Ameobi and, although Michael Owen is not expected to play in that game, it looks like the December 23rd visit of Derby County may be his comeback game from the thigh strain he picked up playing for England.
â€œWe are looking to get some players back for Saturdayâ€™s game with Fulham at Craven Cottage,â€ â€œI have arranged a behind-closed-doors game this week when we are hoping the likes of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio CaÃ§apa and Shola Ameobi will all play.”
â€œMichael Owen will probably not, but we are expecting him back with the rest of the first-team squad nearer the end of the week.â€ â€œ He should certainly be back for the game with Derby County at St Jamesâ€™s Park a week on Sunday.â€
So it does look like our injury situation is improving, and it will be interesting to see which team Sam picks for Saturday against Fulham. We need all 3 points in that game too, to allow us to move up the league again.