Kevin Keegan is starting to turn to the summer and who he wants to bring to the club to strengthen the Newcastle squad before next season, and the word he keeps using is quality.
Kevin Keegan – thoughts turning to the summer
Keegan is adamant that he will look for quality rather than quantity, once he has persuaded owner Mike Ashley to fund his summer plans, which we don’t think will be a problem.
“There’s no point strengthening your squad and then letting your best players go.â€
“I said all along, even before we got into this run of games and started to play the sort of football and get the sort of results a club like Newcastle should in the Premier League, we would be looking for four or five players.
“I honestly believe that’s all we need. But those four of five players have to be top quality, they have to be absolutely top quality.”
“Them maybe we can slot in a couple of youngsters who are what I would call maybes or wannabes just to build the squad up.â€ “Other than that, I don’t see us bringing in 10 or 11 like they did at the start of this season.”
Newcastle could be mathematically safe after todayâ€™s game against FA Cup finalists Portsmouth at Fratton Park, and Newcastle will be looking for their fourth successive win.
Newcastle have played some of their best football of the season in recent weeks, and the way the team has been playing – moving forward all the time and passing the ball around – makes it hard for supporters not to think back to the 1990â€™s when the Newcastle team under Keegan was one of the most popular in the land.
“I said last time when people asked me how did I build the entertainers, I never set out to build the entertainers, I just set out to get good players and get them playing together.â€
“Then they make it happen out there. Even at 80% – and that’s all we were last weekend – there was some terrific football played and it was entertaining.â€
“I said to the lads afterwards, you will hear people talking about the entertainers from the past when I was here, but that was every bit as good.â€
“But those in the past were doing it every single week, and that’s the challenge for us.”
Kevin is so right in his last sentence. They were doing it every single game and that’s the challenge this team has. Last week we were at 80% of our capability, and while that was good enough to beat Reading, it will not be good enough today. We need to maintain a high level of consistency to be a really good team and start to challenge the top four.
We’ll have to see how we do today, but no doubt Kevin is telling the players they have to play at 100% from the very first whistle, if we are to get our 4th win in a row, against what is a very good Portsmouth side.