Kevin Keegan has told his Newcastle players to secure their Premiership status quickly to allow him to start overhauling the squad.
Kevin Keegan – who’s on his transfer list?
Newcastle United have not won in the league since mid-December when Joey Barton scored a penalty in the 92nd minute at Craven Cottage, with just 20 seconds before the end of the game to beat Fulham 1-0. Were we lucky? You bet we were, since we gave a poor performance and didn’t really deserve the win. We’ve had 9 league games since then and collected 3 points and haven’t had a win since then.
Kevin talked about the league position recently :
“First we have to get the players to ensure our safety because we’re not safe yet,” “We need a win. That’s all we lack at the moment.
“Then, when safety is assured, we have to start thinking about pre-season and then in the back of our minds there are players whose contracts are up.
“Then there are players we are looking to in terms of thinking can we get a wish list and can we get people to go and watch them?”
It’s always interesting to try to guess which players could be coming in the summer or even which players would really strengthen the side.
Well, here’s a first pass at various player lists:
Players who we would see leaving:
Player Club Fee Shola Ameobi Norwich Â£2M Stephen Carr ? contract up Peter Ramage Norwich contract up Alan Smith ? Â£6M
Players weâ€™d like to see join the club:
Player Position Club Fee Wayne Bridge Left Back Chelsea Â£7M Wes Brown Center-back Man United free Giles Barnes Midfield Derby Â£3M Lubos Kalouda Midfield FC Brno Â£2M Andrei Ashavin Midfield Zenit * Â£7M Steward Downing Winger Middlebrough Â£9M Peter Crouch Striker Liverpool Â£8M**
* Full name of club – Zenit Saint Petersburg
** Could be free if he buys out his contract
Other players who are possibilities in the summer:
Player Position Club Fee Nickey Shorey Left Back Reading Â£5M John Arne Riise Left Back Liverpool Â£5M Goran Pandev Striker Lazio Â£8M Dean Ashton Striker West Ham Â£7M
There seem to be quite a few good players that could really strengthen our squad. But we’d also have to ship some players out.
Looks like we could bring in around Â£8M with the players moving out, but that would also relieve the wage bill. One unknown is whether Charles N’Zogbia will want to move on, and if he does, that would increase our coffers by another Â£10M.
The first list of those we’d like to bring in, would cost us around Â£36M, so if we got Â£16M into the club in outgoing transfers, and lost Charles in the process, that would be a net outlay of Â£20M – not too bad. Of course, the transfer amounts are just best estimates.
Of course there are players in the second list, who may also be targets, and we’ll just have to see who we can attract to the club. It would help if Alan Shearer was Assistant Manager by then.
What do you think – and who are the other players we should go for.
Comments always welcome.