The mood on Tyneside is appreciably better than it was last Thursday, or even most of last week, when at best, it was all gloom and doom because of our recent lack of success in the transfer market.
Kevin Keegan – upbeat after Saturday’s game
And if we look back at what happened, it’s that Kevin Keegan started to talk to the press again.
You add to that a throughly goods first outing against Hartlepool United on Saturday, in which new boy Danny Guthrie, and old boy Damien Duff, both looked terrific and that’s some of the reasons the mood has been lifted.
It didn’t hurt either when Keegan let it be known he knew the squad was short on numbers (if not quality) and that he had told the owner Mike Ashley, and today he has told the Newcastle Journal he would like four quality signings completed, before the end of August.
For some reason, over the last 3 weeks, the club has said almost nothing, and it hasn’t worked one little bit, and hopefully will not be repeated. Not sure exactly why that was the case, but Kevin could still have talked to the press, without giving away the names of players we may have been pursuing.
It also seems clear that the positions Kevin is still looking to strengthen, and add competition to, are center-back, left back, attacking midfield, and up front.
So that should help us a little to understand when new names come up in the press, whether they have credibility, and we know that usually they don’t.
If we do get 4 quality signings, and say a couple of very good youngsters to augment the squad, we should be in good shape for next season, if still a little short on numbers.
How about Carlos Cuellar (Jonny Evans), Nicky Shorey (Joe Mattock), Andrei Arshavin (Nigel De Jong, Seb Larsson) and FC Basle’s Eren Derdiyok, for those four players?
Comments always welcome.