There are several English players who are available and very experienced in the Premier League, who could improve our team appreciably for next season.
Kevin Keegan – will improve the Newcastle squad in the summer
Hereâ€™s some of the players we are talking about. We think thereâ€™s probably 5 different positions that we need players in to strengthen the team:
Wes Brown – Manchester United – Center Back
The obvious player that is available for nothing in the summer is Wes Brown of Manchester United, and anybody who has been a regular starter for them this season surely would be a good buy for us. Wes can also play anywhere across the back line. He’s a free agent in the summer, so he’ll come at a good price.
Wayne Bridge – Chelsea – Left Back
There are a number of players here we could get. There is news today that we may be interested in Nicky Shorey â€“ and he would be good but we think the best player for us is Wayne Bridge of Chelsea. Itâ€™s just stupid to have our two best left backs at the same club and he will get a lot more games at Newcastle United. We think we could prise Wayne away from Stamford bridge with the potential of playing a lot more games at Newcastle than he gets at Chelsea. We should be able to get him for something south of Â£8M. If these two are not available then Norwegian John Arne Riise of Liverpool, could do a job for us.
Michael Carrick – Manchester United – Central midfielder
He may be expensive but Michael Carrick would be a great capture for us â€“ if we can afford him. But those fans who say he wouldnâ€™t come â€“ give us a break â€“ heâ€™s a Newcastle lad, born and bred in Wallsend, and often talks fondly of the club. And he would have been 10 when Keegan took over the first time at Newcastle and was just 16 years old when he left the Newcastle area for West Ham United, he was resident in Newcastle throughout Keeganâ€™s first reign at the club. One difficulty may be the transfer fee, since Manchester United paid Tottenham Hotspur a Â£14M basic fee, which could rise to Â£18.6 depending on appearances.
Another English midfielder that would be a good acquisition is Steve Sidwell of Chelsea â€“ again heâ€™ll get a game at Newcastle, unlike at Chelsea where he has made just 13 starts this season. He also has to get first team games, if he has any chance of furthering his England career.
Stewart Downing – Middlesbrough – Winger
We would be at all surprised if Newcastle mount a summer bid for Middlesbroughâ€™s 23 year old Stewart Downing. He may cost a bit at Â£10M, but heâ€™ll be worth it and is the type of player Keegan likes in his team. Stewart has already played 132 times for Middlesbrough (12 goals) and has played 16 times for England.
Dean Ashton – West Ham United – Striker
Dean Ashton can put the ball in the net, and he may be a good buy for Newcastle in the summer. He’s had a so so season but we still think he’s the nearest thing in English Football to the way Alan Shearer played – and that can’t be too bad. He could also work well with Michael Owen (and Oba Martins) and we could probably get him for around Â£8M.
What do you think about these players?
Who should Newcastle be after in the summer?
Let us know – comments welcome.