Watching the Newcastle Middlesbrough game this afternoon, you cannot help but think that some of the players we now have at the club, just aren’t good enough.
Kevin Keegan - tough job ahead
Yes, we have a very small squad which will be helped in a while by the many good youngsters we are signing, but some players need to be moved out in the summer, to make way for better players coming in.
We need to augment the squad with 6-7 top class players. It will not be easy for us to attract these types, because it’s getting to be almost a certainty that we will not qualify for Europe, for the second season running.
The players we need to move out probably include the following:
We didn’t want to put Peter Ramage on the list, because he’s been out all season and his contract runs out in June, and we just cannot see Newcastle renewing it. He will probably be snapped up by Roeder at Norwich City. We see Norwich beat Preston yesterday, with an injury time goal, for a valuable 3 points and are now in 13th position.
Claudio Cacapa is a bit mysterious because he can play very well, but we’re starting to think he may be too much like Rozehnal, and just not quite good enough for the Premier league.
Alan Smith is not quite good enough up front with his heading or goals, not quite good enough in midfield with his tacking and passing, and is not a good winger. Alan may be a very good squad player but nothing more, and we’d rather get our Â£6M back on him. He’s too ordinary for a Newcastle Keegan side, which we’ll have next season.
The players we need to bring in during the summer include those in the following positions â€“ almost across the board really:
2 central defenders
2 central midfielders
winger (either side)
So with 6 players out and 7 players in, the ranks will not be swelled too much, but hopefully we’ll sign some youngsters again and surely some of them at the club right now, will be able to force themselves into the first team squad for next season.
We did move out Celestine Babayaro in December but did not replace him in the January transfer window so we really reduced our ranks by two senior players in January, when we include Rozehnal.
What do you think?
Let us know your comments and ideas for the future â€“ it’s more interesting right now looking towards the future.