Sam Wants Players With Premiership Experience

Sam has talked about the January transfer window and it seems that Chairman Chris Mort and Sam have agreed that if suitable players are available in the positions they need to strengthen then money will be made available.


Chris and Sam – seem to be in agreement on January transfer window strategy

It looks like Wes Brown will be signed if Manchester United make him available next month, otherwise it seems that Sam will be after him in the summer, so Wes looks like a definite target for us.

Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“There is only one focus: the players have to be better than what we have already got,”

“If you sign a player with the purpose of covering for another player that generally means you rarely use them because they are not up to the required Premier League level. You have to be careful.”“This is the most difficult window to deal in and I keep saying this, it is a hugely flawed system. It stops me progressing the club, it stops me being more successful and it stops you at critical times overcoming injury problems in what can be crucial positions.”

Sam has pointed out it is a harder transfer window to negotiate in, than the summer window. Sam also admits it’s a bigger risk in bringing in players from abroad, who do not have the Premiership experience.

Sam continued:

“If you can find one in this country then they have Premier League experience so it is not going to be a mistake. The problems come if you go abroad.”

“If it is from another country, it is difficult for them to come in and make an immediate impact because they have not played in English football before.”

With the African Cup of Nations coming up, Sam has said he will have only 15 outfield players available to him, once the four players leave for international duty, in early January.

Sam said:

“I do not have to sell to buy, we have no one to sell. We have four going to the African Nations, we have 19 outfield players in the first-team squad, that leaves us with 15 including Stephen Carr, Michael Owen and Damien Duff. I have no scope for moving players on.”“It depends on money being released, but it is about players being available before the money is released. That is the ultimate issue. Me and Chris (Mort) are working on that and those negotiations are confidential until a deal is cut.”

“There will be huge speculation on who is coming in or (going) out and another one has popped up which is an utter load of rubbish, which is Michael Owen.”

“I’m supposed to have been speaking to Sven-Göran Eriksson about him. No, I have not spoken to Sven. There has been no contact from Manchester City to our football club and no conversation between me and Sven.”

So we’ll not be selling anybody in January, but one player we have lost, if that is thr right word, is Celestine Babayaro, and it wouldn’t surprise us if we still manage to bring in a couple of good players in the January window. And if we have someone already lined up, we are obviously not going to tip our hand, at this stage.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • newcastle fan

    Dec 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    we need players with prem ex aswell

  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 15, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope Big Sam is given funds as every team above us has spent more and these are the teams we need to overtake, lets be honest i think sam was expecting to spend big when he arrived

  • iain

    Dec 15, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    shorey/brown/sidwell would be a good start imo for not a huge outlay. but still beyond what sam seems to have been given for jan.

    dont no who is affordable in the striking dept and wide right areas though even with a bit of cash to spend.

    personally id flog owen/shola/carr and that should pay for the first 3 players i mentioned then Mike would only have to dip into his pockets for a forward. imo anelka is the perfect owen replacement id rather have a sulky player that played than a good mannered player that never did.

    still believe chelsea would take owen of our hands and im amazed we havnt tried to flog him to them esp with drogba going to the ACN. i bet terry and lumplard would be in romans ear telling him to sign owen.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 15, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I would like to see Andrei Arshavin, Wes Brown and Mat Taylor come in January. This should come to less than 10 million and all good signings. Two with premiership experience and one versatile player who we can count our self lucky if we get, we NEED Arshavin for his creativity, versatility, and ability to hold the ball

  • scott 9

    Dec 15, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    i agree dragoner they would be good signings especially arsheving wes brown to cover defence people keep going on about taylor but where not interested in him so we arnt gonna get him would be a good buy though

  • Msia Toon

    Dec 15, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    CB- Brown, makoena
    LB- shorey, matt taylor… i hope bridge(chelsea) could be bought.
    CF-roberts, luke moore

    these players are players available for newcastle to negotiate. they are unhappy at their teams. i’d go for brown and matt taylor as they will provide good cover. we need so creativity in the midfield but barton is coming to form. he was brought in to score goals from midfield which he did very well in man city. up front with owen coming back from injury should be alright as alan smith is showing some form up front. hope he scores his first goal soon. Ameobi wont go on sale as babyaro has already been axed. so SAm wouldnt want to loose more players. possibly a right winger should be brought in to cover for milner as smith o geremi(he can be cover for beye) dun look like good covers. maybe joe cole as he isnt in grant’s plans.. bridge and joe cole are good players. hopefully we can get them. newcastle have a tendancy of gettin players from chelsea. (babyaro, geremi) hopefuly their not shiet

  • Bill f

    Dec 15, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7


    Sam: Hi can you put me through to Bill Oddie, Chris has said I can have 50m for players when a flock of pigs land at St. James Park can he help do you think.

  • Andy H

    Dec 15, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t think we will get a left back like those mentioned because Enrique cost 6 mil and Big Sam is more than happy to play N’Zogbia there especially in the 4-3-3.

  • Leo

    Dec 15, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    players i would like to sign

    West Brown CB
    Matt Taylor LB/LW
    Andrei Arshabin CAM etc…

    and youngsters such as altidore baheng and all the others

  • Leo

    Dec 15, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah luke moore would be good, another one who has a knack at scoring against us


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