Kevin Keegan has told the Newcastle Journal today that his squad are still about 4 quality signings away from where they need to be.
Kevin Keegan – wants 4 quality signings in next 6 weeks
Keegan on Saturday decided not to risk Steve Harper, who was injured in training, and Habib Beye and Michael Owen were not risked because of sore calves.
New boy Danny Guthrie was held back until the second half because of sore shins, (he looked great!), and Mark Viduka is still not expected to be back in full training until August.
Also Geremi and Abdoulaye Faye are still recuperating from international commitments, so Newcastle were hard pressed to field a good side, but they did, and the lads played extremely well.
And the substitutes bench had a lot of our young, but very promising youngsters on it, and Forster, Tozer and 18 year-old center-back Callum Morris were all given a runÂ out.
It’s little wonder that Keegan is anxious to ensure that when Newcastleâ€™s season begins on August 17, he will have added more than just Guthrie and Gutierrez to his squad:
Keegan said today:
â€œIdeally we need about four quality players in the right positions,â€
â€œWe only had what Iâ€™d call 12 senior players (only 13 of his squad had played Premier League football) but it was about the strongest team I had available.”
â€œWe havenâ€™t got competition everywhere, we need to address that and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re trying to do.”
â€œWe might not have been so successful in the market but thereâ€™s a long time to go. If the right player comes in and we think heâ€™s right for Newcastle United weâ€™ll be there pitching.”
â€œWeâ€™ll definitely be in (transfer market) by the end of the transfer window because you just cannot go into the Premiership season with this small squad.â€
What is obvious too, is the positions Newcastle are short at are center back, left back, attacking central midfield and striker, and those are the four signings Kevin is probably talking about.
We seem to be very well off with wingers, in Duff, N’Zogbia, Milnber and new boy Gutierrez, so it looks like Turan will not be coming to Newcastle, even if we could get him.Â The fact that Duff played so well, has lifted the fans, because he looked like the Damien of old, and if he continues that form he will be a regular on our left wing next season.
A big difference from thinking Duff would be let go this summer, which we had been advocating on this site, but it looks like we were completely wrong. But that just shows the character and determination of the Irishman, which is just great to see.
We may also have underestimated the tremendous inspiration qualities of Kevin Keegan, which Steven Taylor talked about yesterday.
We think Newcastle will also try to bring in some players around 20 years old, to augment the squad for next season, and these same players will also hopefully push for starting positions too.
The assumption here is that Charles N’Zogbia will be staying on Tyneside, and as Charles showed last season, he can play in all kinds of positions, and that’s just one reason why he can be an important player for Newcastle and Kevin Keegan in the future.
Certainly it appears that Kevin knows how to handle the lad, since we haven’t heard a squeak of discontentment out of him, which is good for both Charles and the club. You’ve got a good future on Tyneside Charles.
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