Last week we were talking about Kevin Keegan arriving back from his US holiday, and that this week things would really start to move in the transfer market.
Kevin Keegan – pointing to where Newcastle are going – upwards!
They haven’t, in fact this has been the quietest week surrounding the Newcastle club for quite some time.
Nothing from the club whatsoever, as far as transfers are concerned.
That’s not necessarily bad of course, but pre-training starts a week come Monday, and we would have thought that we’d have at least a couple of players join the club before then.
On the other side of things we’ve done a very good job of clearing out fringe players and those who have left the club this summer include Diatta, Troisi, Ramage, Carr, Emre and Rozehnal. We expect Shola Ameobi to join WBA or some other club within a matter of days.
So that’s 7 players from our first team squad who have been moved out, and the wage bill will have been reduced nicely, and those players were either on the fringe of the first team, were way overpaid, or both.
So the club has done a decent job of moving out fringe players, but the most obvious player that hasn’t yet been moved out is Alan Smith, who is already probably our 4th striker behind Owen, Martins, Viduka and Carroll, and we ‘ll have another top striker coming in before the end of August.
Because Kevin has said he will only use Alan as a striker, we just don’t see how Alan can get a game next season, and remember he didn’t even score last season.
With no announcements coming from the club at all, they’ve just got to be hard at work on who the club can bring in, from their long list of targets. And Mike Ashley will also be involved with the transfers.
Arda and Arshavin are gone, and are probably far too expensive now in any case after the Euro 2008 Championships, in which they both played very well.
But we are still upbeat about Newcastle’s ability to bring in top players this summer, because there are a lot of players out there who can do a good job at the club for us next year.
And certainly, on the positive side,Â the 3 we didn’t get but were at least tracking- Arda, Arshavin and Modric, were of the very highest quality.
And in 12 months time we should be in a much stronger position to attract even better talent to the club, when hopefully we’ll at the very least be back in the UEFA Cup.
Then our goal will need to be somehow breaking into that elusive top 4 – and Kevin can take us there.
Let’s not worry about Kevin’s outbreak after the Chelsea game – he was just frustrated at how badly we played in that second half, if the truth be told.Â Â 😀
Yes, maybe silence is golden right now at Newcastle United – while the real work gets done.
We certainly hope so.