Keegan May Give Youngsters Their Chance

Kevin Keegan has been talking about the January transfer window, and if he cannot get the players he wants into the club, he could give a chance to some of our talented youngsters, through the end of the season.


Kevin Keegan – could give youngsters a chance

Keegan said today:

This is a difficult window to sign players in. Don’t be surprised if we do get some players in, but equally, don’t be surprised if we don’t get anybody in.”“I would like to bring one or two in just to give the players a boost – I think that’s what they want.”

“The players like to see players coming in. They like to think the club they have joined is ambitious, does want to get better, does want to strengthen and is on the way up and is thinking in a forward way.”

“But we cannot pile up players here just because we are short of numbers.” “If we don’t get players in over the next week, 10 days, we will have a little bit of a look at some of the younger players towards the end of the season.”

“The first thing we have got to do is make sure we get into a safe position, and then we can try to look at players who we think have got a future here but have never had a chance to show anything yet.”

There are now just 5 days to go and the window will close next Thursday at midnight. Kevin admits he has been concentrating on players with track records in the Premier League to ensure that new signings would be able to step straight into the team. Players we have been linked with who fit this category are Jonathan Woodgate, Pascal Chimbonda, Micah Richards and David Bentley, among others.

Kevin continued:

“I have really concentrated on players in the Premier League.” “When agents have phoned me up about these great players who are no doubt around Europe, unless I have really known them and they are proven, I have not really looked at them.”

“That’s for another day. The last thing we need in our situation is a load of foreign players coming in who don’t know the Premier League and needing two, three, four months to learn it.”

“That’s not right.”

We ar expecting a decision from Jonathan Woodgate soon, and it also looks like Keegan may want to bring Pascal Chimbonda to the club, but with the comments we’ve had on Pascal, he’s not altogether a popular choice with Newcastle fans.

But we don’t have long to wait to find out – a short 5 days. If Kevin cannot get the players in during January, he’ll give a try out to youngsters like Carroll, Lua Lua, Troisi and maybe even our new youngsters Kadar, Tozer and Baheng.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    we realy do need to bring some premier league experienced players in we need a proven goal scorer and a good defencive midfeilder

  • phoonCK

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I wont blame King Kev for not bringing in the players. I’d rather we’d not rush into signings just for the sake of it than replicating mistakes by the previous few.

    Can’t wait for the game later.

    Howay the Lads!
    Walking in a Keegan’s Wonderland!

    ~He’s coming home, he’s coming home
    he’s coming, Keegan’s coming home!

  • Steve_48

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Lads link below is for today’s match using SOPCAST:


    It may well change but it’s an early heads up

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Il be Very disapointed if we dont make any signings in the next few days, im all for giving the youngsters a chance but the players need another lift in the form of another creative midfielder. Sign somebody KK asap please!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    As I predictied Ashley is tighter than…!!

    Youngsters..everyone knows youngsters win nothing or vary rarely anyway.

    If we are going to try and push up the table we need to spend now.The players have told keegan that the squad is tiny as if he did not notice.

    “This is a difficult window to sign players in”.

    Is that why the most money ever has been spent in this window it must be really tuff..?

    I think the only difficult thing in this window is to stop Ashley globe trotting in hong kong at critical times and focus on getting his hands deep in his pockets and building a team because at the moment it is full of wasters.

    Tight C@@t.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6


    I admire your optimisim…

  • belfast toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    steve how do you do that sorry for being a dinosour.
    going to see my first match next week
    howay the lads

  • Leo*

    Jan 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    steve_48 ur a legend, read my mind, going to watch it for sure now. was thinkin bout going down to shearers but i dont like it in there. and why pay 3 quid to go into a pub during the day haha. tight i know lol

  • Steeley

    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed – has Troisi not gone out on loan to a foreign club?

  • Bren

    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Daft to spend a load of money now if we can get better players in the summer. I think he’s doing the right thing.

  • belfast toon

    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    cheers steve sorted where do you get this info from

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Troisi is still at Newcastle – played for the reserves last week.

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #13

    sirjasontoon, you really talk aload of pap mate. ashley is not tight and we all know that keegan is not either. they just dont want to bring in shite just for the sake of it or equally fork out over inflated prices just cos its the january window. as far as ashley being on jaunts as you call them in the far east………..its these jaunts that allow him to buy our club, pay off all the debt and rescue us from banruptsy – which is where we were heading. be sure, the money is there, its just not going to get wasted as our previous managers have done.

  • hanzemre

    Jan 26, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    yea lets a few youth play a run of games in 1st 11 for the rest of the season we’ve nothing to lose anyway if we’re just to finish in mid-table..i’d like to see more of Troisi up front with Martin & Owen/Smith. Edgar & Trozer could also occasionally play at CB/RB.

  • Aussie Geordie II

    Jan 26, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #15

    im with chris. given keegans interviews they’re probably looking for 2-3 players in this window, but theyre realistic in thinking that theyre more likely to get the players that are on their wish list in the summer. for example if manure decided to accept a bid for carrick theyre more likely to accept a bid in the summer when they can react and buy a replacement rather than in the last 5 days of the window

    summer targets: CM (carrick or similar), CAM (arshavin, modric or similar, CF (berbatov or similar).

    january targets: woodgate (allegedly just about done?) bridge maybe.. cant really see anything happening outside of that.


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