Newcastleâ€™s manager Kevin Keegan has admitted that bringing in no new senior players in the January transfer window is a calculated gamble that the club have made.
Kevin Keegan – we took gamble in January transfer market
Itâ€™s generally agreed that recruitments in the January transfer window are more of a risk than in the summer. Just remember in January 2005 when Souness brought in Boumsong and Babayaro â€“ enough said. 🙁
Yes, itâ€™s a gamble and weâ€™re disappointed we couldnâ€™t bring in a low risk player like 19 year-old Giles Barnes of Derby County, who apparently was available for Â£3M and we only would go as far as Â£2M. He will be pursued in the summer by West Ham, at least, so there will be more competition in the summer for players, and yes there will be be many more good players available too.
“It is a calculated gamble to some extent because the other clubs around us have bought players in during the transfer window,” “That always gives players a lift.â€
“Regardless of what you think, players like to see new players coming in. Yeah, there is a downside because they might be taking their position, but for some it is a challenge.â€
“But you have to treat it like your own money and, while I have never been afraid to spend and there is plenty of evidence of that, I have always tried not to waste money.â€
“You are bound to get some wrong and you’re more likely to get them wrong in the January window than at the end of the season when you have more time to study. The pressure is not on then because the clock is not ticking away.”
We have to live with it now and we just hope we don’t drop into a relegation scrap, which is the very last thing we want right now. The exciting thing is who we’ll bring in during the summer, and that has to be a very exciting prospect for Newcastle fans.
At least 6 new senior players and say another 3-4 youngsters, and we can also unload fringe players like Ameobi, Carr and others, and our squad at the start of next season could be very strong.
We would expect some of the excellent youngsters we have signed will also start to push through for the first team next season, so our squad should be big enough in numbers.
What do you think?