Summer Transfers To Be Evolution Not Revolution

Kevin Keegan thinks the time he arrived back at Newcastle United in January, was just perfect in terms of being able to learn about the Newcastle squad he inherited.


Kevin Keegan – with right hand man Terry McDermott

Keegan told Newcastle World TV today:

“It’s been a great time for me to come in terms of learning things,” “We’ve had big games and games that matter and I’ve found out a lot about my players.”

“We have got a small squad, no-one can argue with that, and yet the players are now starting to say, ‘You don’t need to buy anyone for my position because I’m good enough play here’.”

Many fans would still like to see around 5 new players in the summer but Keegan insists it will be more of a case of evolution with the Newcastle maestro targeting three or four additions to the squad.

Kevin continued:

“The good news for the owner is that while we might want to spend big money on a few players, we don’t want to bring nine in like they did last year,”

“I think we will get three or four quality players and maybe one or two youngsters who can push them from day one.”

“That’s the idea but we’ll have to see how it works out.”

That sounds just great to us, because one advantage is it will not take time for these players to settle in at the club, and we can concentrate on winning games from our very first fixture.

Four top players for say £40M would be great, and we’ll also be able to reduce the wage bill by letting Rozehnal, Ameobi, Carr and perhaps Ramage to move on. If Charles N’Zogbia wants to move on, we could recuperate £10M and should be able to get at least £3M for Shola, especially if Stoke City get promoted.

Roll on the summer.

Comments always welcome.

67 comments so far

  • Greg

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1

    10 million pounds for nzogbia, what planet are you living on?

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    ed loving the pictures at the side of the page with the lil captions gave me a giggle.

    3 or 4 players 1 or 2 players 4 or 5 players…

    its almost as confusing as obafemi’s real age, only kidding.

    we need 4 minimum i think with atleast 2 youngster central midfielders also

  • Hadji

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Ok guys bring your shopping lists,wanna see them right now
    TomToon/Spyro/Craigg/ can go first 🙂

  • HeronMag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Greg. N’Zogbia is one of the best prospects in Europe. French under 21, 1st team regular, touted by Wenger as being a great player.

    £10m is the least I’d take considering he signed a 5 year deal commiting himself to the toon this season.

  • faustino

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I beleie he’s in contract Greg; meaning someone is going to have to pay over the odds or he ain’t going anywhere.

  • broon ale

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    The Indomitable Magpie

    Having being stripped of the captaincy but restored to a regular first team berth under Kevin Keegan, our match record with Geremi continues to be worthy of note.

    We originally wrote a piece when he was away on African Nations Cup duty with Cameroon (aka the Indomitable Lions) earlier in 2008, but his stats remain worthy of note.

    Looking at Premier League games only, Geremi has started all ten of our victories this season and four draws, as well as appearing from the bench in one other draw.

    Without him on the field, we’ve won just three points of the 38 collected so far this season – from three draws.

  • Davies

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Loving it at the moment. We don’t really need much in terms of new additions because everyone seems to be finding their feet very nicely.

    Perhaps we could do with some cover at left back, just in case anything happens to wor Jose. I also think we’ll need cover for the left wing if Zog’s off, but we have some good adaptable players that can make do otherwise.

    I suppose the acid test about the team will come on Saturday when we’re likely to go back to 4-4-2. Which striker to leave on the bench………

  • sam gardner

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    nzogbia is a class player he is one of the best little wingers in the prem if he plays consider selling him is a big no for me but f keegan did sell which would be daft take well more then 10 m

  • Hadji

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I think selling Zoggy would be a huge mistake especially if we start using 4-4-2 formation which we will.But it all depends…if we get Reyes then Zoggy in my view would have to satisfy as a back up player.Personally…we need him for next season.
    Can someone get him a girlfriend who can tie his butt to Newcastle and stop him to think about London.From what i know,there are some beautiful girls overthere.Can’t wait to go there.
    South Shields here i come.

  • Jim

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    1 more season out of Viduka?
    1 more season out of Butt?
    1 more season out of Given?
    1-2 more season out of Harper?
    1-2 more season out of Cacapa?
    1-2 more season out of Geremi?
    1-2 more season out of Beye?
    1-2 more season out of Faye?

    Any other 30 somethings?

    I think Newcastle need to concentrate their efforts on young talent, as they’re doing. However, we also need a couple of younger 20’s for continuity after next season and that’s what I think KK & the gang will be doing.

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Aha the Darwin approach, perhaps KK could approach the University, I believe they have a good genetics dept. Or even the Frankenstien option. If we put Viduka’s brain into Carrols body, transfer Smiths committment into Nzogbia, there must be a stack of permutations.
    Any other ideas?

  • gaz

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    shopping list

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    How many?

  • gaz

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    minimum of 4

  • Greg P

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Here’s my shopping list…
    Centre Half – perhaps Richard Dunne (£5m)
    Replacement for Butt – no idea who but someone who is a grafter (£5-8m?)
    Solid central midfielder to replace Emre who I think will leave, perhaps Sidwell (£6m)
    Replacement for Viduka – Crouch (£10m)

    Those are key, and then perhaps Riise (£6m) as well as Wes Brown (Free) would offer experience and value. The back that up with youngsters like Barnes (£8m) and then cheaper young gambles for £1-2m.

    I know thats about £47m, but if we can ship out Emre (£5m), Ramage (£1m), Ameobi (£3m) and unfortunately Zog (£10m to spurs) (and if we can shift Smith and Carr possibly a bit more cash), then it would be a good value outlay of £28m for a really strong squad.

    No big names, but realistic targets with experience who would improve the side.

  • gaz

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16

    i think in the end keegan will suprise us all

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    De Rossi
    Got plenty more but I reckon they will do for starters and I havn’t listed them in order of preference apart from Crouch who would be no. 1 on my list.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    2 CBs – Van Buyten and Dunne/Metzelder (RB option)
    LB – Bridge
    RW – S Wright-Phillips
    LW – McGeady (if he’s as good as people say)
    AM – Barnes/Arshavin
    CF – Gomis/Ashton

    I don’t think any of these are unrealistic targets.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #19

    see with real zaragoza in the relegation zone in la liga why dont we try to get diego milito he scored loads last season and has 15 this season
    also pablo aimar and diogo would be good signins from them, defo think metzelder would be great signing as well as that boussoufa looks like having world class potential


    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Big centre back
    capel – if we got rid of nzogbia

    not to bothered about another striker think we have enough and really keen to see carrol given more of a chance. Unless there was an amzing oppertunity to take a great one

    That would give us a great young midfield for the better half of a decade.

  • Hadji

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Bill F….There’a absolutely no way we can get De Rossi,you have more chance of buying Rosela Sensi than buying De Rossi.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #22

    gimme some players e.g. Arshavin, Boussoufa, Gomis,Dunne/Distin. That’s it for now. Less than 40M i reckon.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Eh Crouch too 🙂 .

  • Jimmie

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Think we shoule go for Van der Vaart, Diego, Metzelder and Gomis or Elmander. Hmm, not the first time I posted this targets… maybe I should renew myself..

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Hadji, I realise that, it is a wish list. Second time you have used that gag.:)

    There are some realistic names on the list though.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #26

    dc/ metzelder 10m or lucio free(bosman)
    lb/ risse 5m
    rb/ lell of fc bayern munich 5m
    cm/veloso14m or carrick 18m
    am/aimar 8m or arshavin 7m
    st/diego milito 15m or gomis 10m

    also that young boussoufa would be quality

  • Guinea Mag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #27

    As stated already, the existing squad is too small so when we allow Carr, Rozenahll, Ameobio and maybe Cacapa/Emre/Zog to leave, we need replacements as well as the 4 to 5 class players to improve the squad.

    Let’s not fool ourselves that the current team is good despite winning three consecutive games. There is the basis for a decent team that will stay in the PL under KK, but Newcastle United are bigger and better than that.

    Not sure who we should buy, but need a big international class central defender (Metzelder/Van Buylen/Diston), big central midfield player (Carrick) and would love to see any of Arshavin, Bentley and Henry wearing black and white shirts.

    Important we continue to buy the best youngsters around as Given, Butt, Geremi, Viduka, Beye and Faye will not last too much longer….

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #28

    I still think that Duff would be worth trying in the LB spot if Enrique (god forbid) was injured. Could save us a pile of dosh for other players.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Arshavin, Pandev, Tymoschuk, Van Der Vaart, Ribery…& Metzelder would be good!..Maybe Barnes!..

  • Jonny

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Yeah Bill F it might be a wishlist but i coudn’t see us getting half of the players on there, cambiasso an inter milan regular would not even consider us , nor would di natale or Schweinstieger – they are all world class players and way out of our league. As for Arshavin, he would be ideal for us but i cant help feeling that if one big club comes in for him which is very likely we won’t stand a chance to be honest – its gonna be a couple of seasons before we have a hope of luring big, big names to the club.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Also, Pogrebnyak looks pretty good up top!..
    …East europeans are the way forward, playing carpet ball & the Toon weather will be an improvement for them!..

  • Gooderz

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32

    We can’t go for both van der vaart and Diego, but one isn’t completely out of the question as one of them will miss out on the Champions League next season and if a massive club doesn’t move for them then we have a chance.

    Boussoufa looks good too. He’s not afraid to take on players, no matter what their size. He does go down a little easy, but he is a speedy midget (that’s not an insult, I’m the same height as him) so he’s not going to be bullying people off the ball all too often.

  • Aussie Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Keegan will sign 3 players valued around 5 million each and a SUPERSTAR. We all know King Kev and somebody is coming but who 🙂

  • Whumpie

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #34

    There are an awful lot of names being thrown in here who have no knowledge of premier league football, no English language, and no particular reason to have any passion for the club. There’s always the chance that they’ll be bruisophobic nancies like Viana or Luque.

    Personally I’d far rather see Brits in there – people like Carrick and Shorey. They may not sell as many shirts, but they’ll do a job for us right from the off. And if the FA does bring in a quota system, we’ll be better off than most.

    The exception could be just one outrageous signing – probably the creative midfielder – who sells loads of shirts and helps promote the club in the international arena. That’s the kind of thing Ashley will have an eye on.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #35

    I agree Whumpie. That’s why I had 6 Brits (included Irish Dunne in that) in my list. But Brits don’t go cheap, especially English lads.

  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Apart from a new Phillipe Albert, that midfield engineroom put yer foot in take charge (best examples Keane,Bremner,Makalele) guy is the missing link.
    Geremi is close but getting up in age, Barton ?a poor mans Keane, unfortunately these guys are tough to find.
    Also how about another playmaking attacking inside forward, Arshevin? McGeady?and lets have both Brown and Bridge as backs and oh!
    What about Wright-Phillips or Bently please on the right wing.

  • scott9

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #37

    i totally agree greg thers no chance on gods earth r we gonna get 10m for nzogbia we will get 7m at the very most

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye Heron Mag, the price is wrong with english/british players…That’s why i reckon east euros are the ones…Play nice/slick passing game, don’t cry about the weather, get stuck in & cheaper!..& probably speak some Geordie/english?!!..

  • Reb

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #39

    If Keegan is only bringing in 4-5 players, I’d think he’d not want to sell very many — the squad is very thin. Without selling ANYONE, I think the squad needs an LB (cover), an RB (cover), a DM (Butt ain’t getting any younger), a good CM (Barton’s looking promising, but if we want 4-4-2 as an option needs cover there), and a new left winger — plus likely a fourth striker (Smith isn’t it) for cover there as well, in Viduka’s mold. That’s six, just to have sufficient cover. Now, Carroll MAY be getting to the point of being cover for the strikers. So that’s five new players, without selling anyone.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #40

    If someone really wants Zog they’ll easily pay £10m+, he’s played in the premiership for a few years now, hence, he’s almost an english player, hence, big bucks!..


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