Kevin Keegan has said today, he is quite confident of adding new players to his Newcastle United squad in the coming weeks.
Kevin Keegan – confident about bringing new players in
Kevin has identified defenders as the primary target through the August transfer window.
Newcastle have only signed Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Guthrie so far this summer – and the manager is keen to add to his defensive options.
And only today he gave a full game to 22 year-old Metz French Under-21 International Sebastien Bassong, who is on trial at the club. Seb played at center-back for the whole game and looked more than useful.
Kevin was speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Doncaster:
“Hopefully over the next week or two there will be one or two new faces in, but it’s just as important to get players back who are missing.”
“We’ve got no cover for right or left-back at the moment and that’s probably the two most important areas.”
“We’ve got plenty in midfield and up front.”
” James Milner, Gutierrez will be fantastic then we’ve got Owen and Viduka to come back and so on.”
“Because we’ve got as many not here today as were here so you’ve got to bear that in mind.”
“We’re looking at two or three players, but we get linked with so many players it’s frightening.”
“Left-back is a specialized position, so is right-back, we went from Christmas to the end of the season with one left-back and we will get another one definitely.”
It would beÂ interesting to hear what Kevin thought of Seb Bassong this afternoon, as he is a left sided defender who can play center-back, as he did today, and he can slot in easily at left back.
On the other hand Argentine International center-back Fabricio Collocini can also play at right back, so perhaps these two would be good signings for the club, because they could also cover at full back.
But we also probably need another central midfielder, however with the good form of Danny Guthrie,Â andÂ Joey Barton almost certain to come back and be given another chance – we could be OK in that part of the field.
It also appears that Kevin is satisfied with his strikers, which tells us he is going to keep Alan Smith at the club, so we have Martins, Owen, Smith, Viduka and young Andy Carroll battling it out up front, with 18 year old Italian Fabio Zamblera also coming through nicely.
We also have other youngsters at the club such as 17 year-old Kazenga Lua Lua, who we think can force his way into the first team squad this coming season, and do a job for us when required.
But it looks like our young defenders such as Ben Tozer and Tamas Kadar will be shipped out on loan, maybe even for a full season to gain the necessary first team experience they now need.
Those are good and positive words from Kevin – but we’d still be happy to see 5 new senior players come into the club before the end of the month, and then some good youngsters, like 15 year-old Aaron Spear, for the future.