Observations On Transfers and Newcastle United

The January transfer window is over, and not only did we not bring any senior players in, but we actually let one go yesterday. Here are some observations on the transfer window, and the state of the Newcastle United club right now.


Chris Mort and Kevin Keegan – give them a chance

  • To start off with the good stuff we made 5 excellent transfers to bring in 5 outstanding youngsters 18 years-old and younger. In Wesley Ngo Baheng, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera and Swedish goalkeeper Oli Soderberg, Newcastle have acquired five good ones for the future, and we expect at least one of these to break through this year, just like Charles N’Zogbia did when he was first signed by Bobby Robson in August, 2004.
    It’s a great strategy, bolstered by the recruitment of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere. More will be joining in the summer, long may it continue.
  • When Kevin Keegan was appointed he named 3 players he wanted and they were Jonathan Woodgate, Jermaine Defoe and David Bentley. As it turns out two of those were available in January and moved during the transfer window. but chose not to move to Newcastle United. The refusal of Woodgate to join his old club on Tyne-side was a major blow to our pride, and Defoe joined his old mentor, Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth. That was less surprising, and maybe we can still get Bentley in the summer.
  • Rather than bringing players into the club in January we surprisingly let David Rozehnal go, but we think that’s because he wouldn’t have played much under Keegan and really wasn’t good enough for the Premier League, let’s be honest. But it was still surprising we cut our squad when everybody had agreed from Chairman, manager and players, that it needed to be bigger.
  • One big disadvantage of not bringing in players in January is that they will all now arrive in the summer. We had problems this season in getting our players acclimatized to English football, so what’s going to be different next season?
    We assume we will try to sign players, like Wes Brown and David Bentley as two examples, who are proven Premier class, or others like Deco who are close to world class.
  • We have seen Tottenham, Portsmouth and Manchester City acquire some top talent in this January window, and we cannot but think that we have lost ground on these three teams, in addition to Aston Villa and West Ham United this season. Hopefully we’ll be working hard to bring in 5-6 top players early in the summer, and let some go like Carr and Ameobi.
  • We are now 9 points behind West Ham United, who are in 10th place – so it is unlikely we can finish in the top half of the league. A shock given all we were expecting this season way back in August, which seems like a couple of years ago with everything that’s happened. 😀
  • The transfer window has been a disappointment but we just have to get behind Kevin Keegan and the lads. Kevin is not going to produce miracles by having the team playing like they were in 1996, in a short couple of weeks. But he is changing things so they can do that – even by the end of next season or before. He knows what he wants to do and what the fans want. Let’s give him a chance and our support.
  • We started on a bright note and we’ll finish on a bright note. Faye and Beye are on their way back from Ghana after Senegal were eliminated from the African Cup of Nations. They are probably the best two buys we made in the summer, and we’ve missed them in the team. We are really glad to welcome the lads back – we need them.

The January transfer window is now water under the bridge – it’s over, we are disappointed – but let’s move on and support the team.

We’ve got to believe better things lie ahead and a win on Sunday will do absolute wonders for the fans and the club in general. Let’s do all we can to secure that win. 😀

Comments very welcome – just keep it decent for the bairns.

51 comments so far

  • Staffsmag

    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets wait and see what the summer brings !

  • scotty

    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said Ed!!!

  • Kash2

    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    We signed 5 youngsters actually ED. We signed the sewdish keeper too!

  • johng

    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    That’s the spirit

  • steve k

    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Great piece, nicely balanced. I feel Rozehnal can feel aggrieved at his time at Newcastle. He truly performed very well at the start of the season and it’s debatable whether it was bad management and not lack of talent that’s seen him move on.

    All the best David lad, sorry it didn’t work out for you.

    Pants midfielder though all the same…

  • JMC

    Feb 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Kash2 – can you read dude?

  • John

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    well Said Ed.

    Come on the TOON

  • Stamford Toon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    I disagree with you Ed when you state Roz was not good enough. If he can command a regular place in his national team, and is wanted by Lazio, then he is better than many in the PL & in our squad. I can understand him being unhappy at being shoved into many different positions. Worst of all it seems that KK didn’t bother talking to him. So much for the great man manager! KK failed to buy anyone and then pushes out Roz! It does not boad well for the rest of the season. If it takes KK too long to get up to speed with the PL then we are in trouble.
    Reading your comments Ed about contributions to this site I think you need to delete a lot more of the obnoxious comments and awful language. I would not like any child of mine viewing this site. Common Ed clean up the site.

  • Lee

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Do you think there is a chance that the Rohzenhal deal might have something to do with Pandev coming to us in the summer? Just seems a bit strange. Perhaps we have secured first option on Pandev and Rozy was a bit of a sweetener?

  • Pete

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Totally agree Ed! Lets just hope that the so called fans of this club who expected Keegan to virtually win the league this season (ok, slight exaggeration but you know what I’m saying) don’t start booing the team and get their totally embarrassing comments on to programmes like Sky Sports News!
    Keep the Faith & Patience!!

  • Matthew Tom

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m happy to get good youth players in, and Chris Mort’s policy and action in installing three scouting executives has been very positive.

    Not too surprised that we didn’t get any senior players in, although the rumours about Micah Richards, David Bentley, SWP, etc were all very good fun while they lasted.

    This transfer window has of course seen the most important bit of transfer business that the club needed to address – Big Sam out, King Kev in!

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    I am disgusted at the lack of transfer action by the board at newcastle and can’t see the point of bringing in more youngsters they hardly get a game anyway look at lua lua.

    It shows a total lack of ambition from where I am standing and now clearly shows how far Newcastle have slipped down the pecking order in the premiership.

    I predicted weeks ago that we wouldn’t spend a bean and was proved right yesterday.

    Another point I would like to make is the supposed lack of confidence that keegan keeps going on about..these are highly paid professional footballers if they can’t get any confidence sell them.

    I am not sure Keegan can turn this current pack of losers around I would have a big clear out from top to bottom and get in some players that want to play with pride.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Stamford Toon-this is a football site not a bible you @@@@@’ @@@ !!

  • Stamford Toon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    sirjasontoon; have you bothered to read Ed’s comment policy???????????????????????????

  • Staffsmag

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Stamfordtoon your a stuck up T*** well said sirjasontoon

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Staffsmag Well said : )
    I don’t care what Ed says it is not exactly gospel is it?..it is his opinion and mine is just as valid as is staffsmag..it’s a discussion board..get the idea??

  • Neil W

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Sir Jason Toon:

    The fact that you wrote:

    “I am disgusted at the lack of transfer action by the board at newcastle and can’t see the point of bringing in more youngsters they hardly get a game anyway look at lua lua”

    Demonstrates that you don’t know a great deal about football. Youth is key, as is bringing in experienced players.

    The latter we have failed to do in the transfer window but at least we didn’t ‘snap up’ anyone at too high a price just because the club felt it had to.

    We have saved our money for the summer.

  • Black Caesar

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    You lot are such morons!!!!! What do you think the summer will bring??? Ronaldo, Messi and Kaka?? This club is sinking fast and with Mr Keegan in charge and with Mr Wise as director of football it will sink even faster!!!!

    Of all the managers in the world, we didnt get anyone to manage us apart from someone who has publicly admitted that “i’m not good enough at this level”! Deep down we all know that Keegan is a crap manager. His only chance of success with us is if he gets £100m plus to spend at a go and he aint getting that from Ashley!

    Discerning football people know Keegan will fail. Nzogbia probably can see this and Rozenhal, who some idiots claim to be a crap defender, clearly can see this as well. My hunch is Beye will be the next to make noises to leave because he’ll have takers all over the league.

    Get real people, read a book, expand your horizon, THINK, because if you do you will realise than only a top manager can save this club. It pisses me off, just look at Spurs and Man City now. Are they better or bigger than us?

    A manager who hasnt watched a game for 3 yrs and his immediate previous job was running a circus? GOD HAVE MERCY ON US!!!

  • ToonKing

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    okay, just got back form my exam, and i’m not to proud of my results after 3 hours of sleep and an all nighter waiting for a transfer.

    I am truly shocked at the lack of incoming players and the departure of Rozy. We really needed players in. Every rival club has now moved away and we are now well behind and we can write another season off. My number 1 suspect is still MA. If he would have splashed the money in the players face we could have brought in almost anyone. I’m seriously gutted.
    “Yeah we’ll sign in the summer” Fook that. summer is 5 months away, and i don’t know who do you expect to arrive then ??? Robinho ??? Ronaldinho ??
    And to top that off we let Rozy go. Why ??? He wasn’t that THAT bad, and we could have used him in the remaining games.

    I’ll give MA the summer to show me he’s intents and spend some serious money, otherwise he’ll loose my support.

  • ToonKing

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    as much as i hate to admit it, deep inside i know that Black Caesar is probably right. 🙁

  • Miguel El Geordie

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Well said Ed. We are where we are. The transfer window is history and there’s nothing we can do about it. As fans we are all entitled to moan now and again and by God we’ve had plenty to moan about this year! However, let’s be honest, we were never going to win anything under Big sam and we were playing the ugliest football in the Prem. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to win bugger all under Kev for some time, but at least we might see some entertaining games. It’s about time we stopped giving the press an easy target to laugh at. I’m sick of the Toon being a joke and we fans being called fickle. C’mon Kev it’s going to take time but lets make a start with the Smog on Sunday!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Neil W-Moron.

    I stated that we should add youth when we have a strong senior squad.

    What is the point of adding youth when we are almost in a relagation dog fight..and if it does happen teams like sunderland,wigan and birmingham will have more fight in them than us.

  • cooldj

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    “To start off with the good stuff we made 5 excellent transfers to bring in 5 outstanding youngsters 18 years-old and younger. In Wesley Ngo Baheng, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera and Swedish goalkeeper Oli Soderberg,”

    OUTSTANDING??? we all hope they are but come on ed, the chances are that no more than 2 of them will actually become first team regulars. it’s hoped that every player in the acadmey/u18s will play for newcastle but how many actually do??

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Good point.
    I would bet anyone a tenner that none of them will ever play first team football for newcastle and will end up on loan at places like dundee and kilmarnock.
    Right now we need good pro’s and we should have sold some of our losers especially ameobi and carr.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #25

    ToonKing and Black Ceasar, some common sense at last. But so long as we have people like Kash2 using his dad’s computer to post comments when he isn’t using the school library computer we won’t be able to have a decent debate on the state of NUFC as anyone who isn’t sucking keegans manhood is obvoiusly a mackem.
    Ed has put forward some good talking points, but yet again people revert to insults whenever anyone dares to question the validity of our owner, chairman and the people they have appointed.
    I would love for Keegan and Co to suceed as that would mean my beloved team would be successful, but I just can’t see it.
    Perhaps a return to the Shepheard way of thinking would appease the deluded. Let’s sign a big name to shut the “fans” up. It’s worked before.
    I like the idea of bringing in youth as it is what is needed. However it’s no good having a cracking youth team if the 1st team isn’t performing.
    The club has been in the crapper since Shepheard too over from the halls. It will take a very long time to rectify. Ashley has some good ideas, and I think once the club has re-established it’s self then we will see the back of Wise and Keegan and someone better will arrive to take us to glory.
    Remember KK wasn’t 1st choice Redknapp was, no doubt when he heard that someone like Wise would be in place he wanted nothing to do with us. Keegan knew of the plans to bring inWise, he said so himself.
    We currently have a “B” team of managers and coaches. Once we have built the foundations perhaps an “A” team will arrive consisting of an excellent, highly experienced continental manager like Hitzfeld.
    But I guess that would be the wrong choice and people are still thinking Shearer can be a top class manager for us.


    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m not so sure if the anger of you is right. I mean it would take a bad wonder to get relegated and to climb is alos not really possible…so it might be a good idea to bring in these young players.

    finish the season with pace and style and then start the revolution!!

  • ToonKing

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Elfer–“finish the season with pace and style ”

    i wish…….

    will probably win 7 and loose 7 , or something like that in the next 14 games which will be enough to save us from relegation and give us 13-11 -ish finish.

    that’s what is realistic imo.

  • jimmer

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    this seems promising to me. i hope they get good coaching and really progress. i’m looking forward to a qiuet summer, hopefully we can get the first team players in early and get some systems worked out. i think this club needs good coaching a lot more than new players. both would be ideal

  • scott9

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    future potentail team
    taylor kadar enrique
    milner lua lua barton zog
    oba zambrela

  • ToonKing

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #30

    thats just 10 players Scott9, is Smudger allready sent off ?? 😀

  • Zx

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Alot of clubs aren’t willing to release their players in Jan. They will probably extort more money from us. Doesn’t make good business sense to buy now.

    The summer transfer window will give the club more options than just Woodgate, Bentley and Defoe. Nobody expecting Kaka, but surely there are cheaper and better options than the three listed.

    For goodness sake, stop moaning and look on the bright side. The weather is bad enough, don’t add on to it!

  • jimmer

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    need one more chief

  • Firegent

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed. I’m another voice to clean up the site and bring some dignity to the language used. It’s not a pub bar room. If it were, I’d walk out and not come back.

    On the football, I’m not holding my breath until – as Micky Toon suggests – a top manager a la Hitzfeld is brought in. I think KK is interim, to boost the share value and gate receipts.

  • Chicken

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #34


  • nasher

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    stop being so negative you english morons!

  • ToonKing

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Chicken, Barton may be a thug and an convict, but he’s our bets midfielder by a mile.

  • ToonKing

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #37

    nobody’s negative here nasher, well except a few. Most of us are just simply realistic.

  • GM

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    KK’s No2 is the next massive step for the club, if we want to progress and improve our play/training/tactics etc this is a very very important appointment and a one that should be made sooner rather than later.

    I dont think calling people “morons” just because they are trying to be optimistic Black Ceasar is a correct statment either, no one is saying get kaka etc but suggesting that the club should be looking at quality available players in the summer, every post you leave is negative, moaning about something or someones post, if you live in newcastle may i suggest you get in your car, peddle your bike or whatever on to the A1 go south, come off at the A1231 and follow that east till you get to the stadium of shite and take your bloody negativity with you, support them bunch of tw@ts coz they are in a worse position than our team.

  • John League

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Zx, right on. Doesn’t make good sense to buy right now because prices are extortionate. I mean honestly, 9 million for Jermaine Defoe when we got Martins for 10 million two summers ago? Come on.

  • Pete

    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40

    “OUTSTANDING??? we all hope they are but come on ed, the chances are that no more than 2 of them will actually become first team regulars. it’s hoped that every player in the acadmey/u18s will play for newcastle but how many actually do??”

    Let’s be fair, it’s a good thing we’re getting in these youngsters, but it’s nothing special at all. Other clubs does this all the time, but naturally we don’t hear anything about it, because it’s just business as usual. The reason it’s getting headlines here is that we’ve had a poor record of doing it in the past(youth development clearly hasn’t been a priority here) along with the fact that we didn’t buy any senior players..(gotta write about something huh?)

    We say we want to be like Arsenal, well this is a step in the right direction. However we’ll see if we really mean it sooner rather than later. Wenger is exceptional in giving the youngsters regular matches on the highest level, which in turn develops them into the “finished article” a lot faster than just playing reserve football on a potato field. Are we going to do the same? Can we do the same? When Arsenal field a youngster along with 10 superstars it’s not gonna hurt their perfomance much, I wonder if we could do the same as we’re barely holding on with 11 senior players vs rock bottom teams. We’re kidding ourselves if we think we’re gonna pull an “arsenal” anytime soon, it’s gonna take several years and we have to go through a god awful amount of “starlets”.

    Don’t get me wrong tho, I’m happy we’re taking the first baby steps, but I’m not excactly holding out much hope any of these guys are the next fabregas. Those players are most likely already bought by the bigger clubs with a stronger culture of developing youth talent.


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