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.
Itâ€™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 thatâ€™s because he wouldnâ€™t have played much under Keegan and really wasnâ€™t good enough for the Premier League, letâ€™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 whatâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ even by the end of next season or before. He knows what he wants to do and what the fans want. Letâ€™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 â€“ itâ€™s over, we are disappointed â€“ but letâ€™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. 😀
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