News today that Newcastle have failed in their three attempts to sign players for the summer.
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But we have learned that there are some 20 players on the list, which will obviously be prioritized with the best players first. There are probably around four categories of players in that list – center back, left back, central midfielder and striker.
But news that we have failed three times already, at least initially, suggests what Kevin has been saying may be true, that it may be hard for the club right now to attract the very best players.
We’ll have to accept that, and do our best this summer, because it should be easier in January and next summer to attract the very best, when hopefully we are higher in the league and have qualified for European football again.
Kevin said today:
â€œWeâ€™ve earmarked about 20 players,â€
“We’ll be in there pitching for some very good players,” “If you don’t bowl, you can’t knock the wickets down.â€â€œWe might get hit for six, but we might get a wicket.â€
“We’ll get the targets we want hopefully. I’m sure if we had three top class players to what we’ve got and a couple of good youngsters we can look forward to a lot more in front of our fans next year.”
We’re sure this cricket analogy might be puzzling to our American readers, but basically Kevin is saying if we don’t go for good players we will not get them, and sometimes we’ll probably be knocked back big time in the process.Â But that’s the way it is.
However, courage in the transfer market was never a failing for Kevin Keegan, and we expect the club to attract some very good players in the summer. We’ve got to remain positive on that.