In the last two seasons Newcastle have had their two worst points totals in the Premier league ever, and it’s having a negative effect on our recruiting this summer.
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And with no European football to offer and other teams, like Tottenham, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Manchester City and maybe even West Ham overtaking Newcastle United over the last two years, it’s little wonder that Keegan is finding it difficult to attract top stars to Tyneside.
And let’s not criticize the club for not trying because Modric, Arshavin and Arda are top players.
We seemed to be OK once Graeme Souness was relieved of his duties and destruction of the club in February, 2006, and Glenn Roeder did a great job in getting us up to 7th place and into Europe that season.
But it’s all been down hill from there, for whatever reasons,Â with the club finishing 13th in 2007 with 43 points, and 12th last season on 43 points. Not very good for such an ambitious club is it?
We’ve said before that this will be the most difficult season to recruit top players, and Kevin and the Newcastle club will need to do their very best to get the lesser known stars, who can become good players for the club, and improve our squad .
Certainly the likes of Gutierrez and Inler (if we can sign him) both look excellent buys for us in the circumstances.
Next season is one of the most critical seasons for Newcastle in a long while because the competition will be furious, with 4 or 5 top teams challenging to get into the top six, and it’s not like clubs like Tottenham, Portsmouth and Villa are not buying in the summer to further improve their squads.
We have every confidence in Kevin Keegan and his coaching staff, and would rather believe that Mike Ashley is in this for the long haul, and that he cannot possibly be as bad as the gossip media is trying to make him.
As Newcastle fans, we’ll have to keep our feet firmly on the floor this summer and be realistic, and just hope (and pray?) that Kevin, with the help of Dennis Wise and his recruitment team, can add effectively to our first team squad -Â so we can indeed can mount an assault on the higher league positions next season.
The players we have left in the squad look good, and played so well for Keegan at the end of last season, so all is not gloom and doom.
And although the squad is incredibly small right now, there’s no doubt the quality and class of it is high.
But we all know we need at least another 5-6 good players in the summer – to be able to have a team that can truly challenge for a top finish next season.
Make no mistake about it – the next 7 weeks or so in the summer transfer market will be a critical time period for our club, in terms of how well we’ll fare next season.
Next signing please.Â Â