After a disappointing summer so far in the transfer market, Kevin Keegan did the only thing he can do, and does very well by the way, in fully preparing the players he has got, for next season.
Damien Duff – the hero for Newcastle yesterday
And the performance yesterday from the lads was extremely good, especially from new boy Danny Guthrie, who looked a real steal of a signing, and of course Damien Duff, who showed everybody he is determined to be a key player for Kevin Keegan.
His 3 goals yesterday were proof of that, and Damien worked his socks off, as he has been doing every day in training by all accounts.
But Kevin is no fool, and along with the fans, he is well aware that Newcastle just have to bring in more good players, just as soon as possible – a part of the club that Dennis Wise is responsible for, and is no doubt working hard to get the situation corrected.
Make no mistake, the job Dennis Wise has at Newcastle is key to our future success.
After the game Kevin made the point of saying that the current squad is too small – to Newcastle TV:
â€œThereâ€™s definitely got to be more signings in the pipeline and Iâ€™ve told the owner.”
” We only had two players with us on the sidelines that I would call senior players â€“ which takes us to 12,â€
â€œMichael [Owen] had a sore one so we had to pull him, but heâ€™ll return on Monday, and weâ€™re missing Mark Viduka.”
â€œThe Spidermanâ€™s registration still hasnâ€™t come through, but weâ€™re like a lot of clubs, waiting for something to happen in the market.”
â€œWeâ€™ll definitely be in before the end of the window because we just canâ€™t go into the Premier League with this small squad.”
â€œEveryoneâ€™s working hard, weâ€™ll see what happens.â€
If we have two senior players on the sidelines, doesn’t that take us to 13?Â Well Kevin’s maths was never great.Â Â
Even the fact that the registration of Gutierrez is not through, seems a little surprising since he was signed on July 3rd, over 2 weeks ago.
The best thing that can happen is that bring in a couple of players next week, but we will still need more if the squad is really going to challenge for top 6 this season.
However, the lads looked so good yesterday, and that alone seems to have lifted the spirits of the Newcastle fans.
That, in itself was what was needed yesterday, so it was mission accomplished by Kevin and the boys.