Kevin Keegan has talked to the Sunday Sun, and we think he is trying to lower the expectation of fans on which players will be arriving at the club in the summer.
Dennis Wise – scouting youngsters world-wide
Dennis Wise’s job is to identify talented youngsters and Jeff Vetere scouts more senior prospects, but Keegan remains in charge of transfers at St Jamesâ€™ Park, both incoming and outgoing. That’s the only way it will work.
But next season we cannot offer any European competition so we’ll have to battle for the players we want, and will not have too many cards to play.
Keegan told the local Sunday Sun yesterday:
â€œThe final say is 100 per cent mine, absolutely 100 per cent. Not even 99 per cent,â€ â€œAll that Dennis and Jeff are saying to me is: â€˜Weâ€™ve gone to watch this player, we think you should get over to watch him.â€™
â€œVery few of the players weâ€™re looking at at the moment with regards to the future wonâ€™t be being looked at by other clubs as well.â€ If youâ€™ve got good players performing well in other leagues, do you think Man Utd donâ€™t know about them and Liverpool donâ€™t know? Weâ€™re all looking in the same areas.â€
â€œThe good news is weâ€™ve got a pretty good scouting system now and weâ€™re watching a lot of games.â€ â€œBut it will come down to finance and playersâ€™ choice and youâ€™ve got to be realistic.â€
â€œIf a top-class player elsewhere in the world has a chance to move to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus . . . theyâ€™re going to be the first choices for these players.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got to accept that we may not get any of those players â€“ yet â€“ because we canâ€™t offer them things the likes of Chelsea can, either financially or in terms of Champions League experience.â€
With our good scouting network set up, we’re in a much better position to find players who may not have been spotted by other clubs. But we have to think the players we bring in during the summer are better (much better) than those we already have.
That’s the only way to improve the squad, and Kevin has shown in January he knows what he wants, and if they’re not available he’ll not bring in poorer prospects to the club.
The major criteria for our transfers in the summer is the players must be better than those we already have. and will hopefully all be starters for next season.