Kevin Keegan – New Players Will Arrive

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 be  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,  and  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.

Comments welcome.

57 comments so far

  • Dips

    Jul 26, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m thinking today’s result was probably an eye opener, maybe it will shock MA into etc into action. I think we will get some signings in next week.

  • smithy

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #2

    we need anouther striker aswell as a left and right back

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Bloody hell Ed, you’ve got as many advertisements as an F1 driver’s suit on the site now, it’s a bit distracting to be honest.

    Hopefully Keegan will be right, and we’ll get some players in. Although I would prefer us to get in a striker and a creative midfielder at least, along with a couple of defenders as well.

  • The Second Coming

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t be so sure Dips. Reading that article, we’ll probably offer Bassong a contract and go for a LB. Other than that, I think we’ll go with what we have.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Rumours are we are close to Diouf, i really hope so too.

    Creative, can play on the wing, upfront (4th choice striker, he is better than Smith and can score goals) and in the centre behind the front 2.

  • pak (* toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    i cant believe that we lost to them if we cant beat them then what bwt the teams in epl
    we need some class signingz coming through or else wer screwed!!!!!

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    El-Hadj Diouf? He’s a decent player but I’ve always hated him…

  • Mad_Magpie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree on Diouf, hopefully he has changed from his spitting days. If he just sticks to his football he is a good player.

  • xfer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #9

    How doesnt? =p But hes a good player, and one of Bolton’s asset. Whats his age though? 27?

    Not a priority signing imo.

  • dougnufc

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Hell no, not Diouf, he is a not bothered type of striker and has a poor scoring record

  • sean667

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #11

    why are we excited about diouf the spitter?
    Apart from wot tom toon said.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Ben -BBK – got to pay the bills somehow.

  • simon P

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Diouf…… someone having a foofin laugh.

    Why are we being linked to troublemakers and below average chaff.

    If there is no investment in quality, we will struggle.

    At the moment, we haven’t a snowball in Hell chance of getting into Europe.

  • domtoon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think you can really criticise Ed for putting ads onto his blog unless you’re donating to the site regularly. Sheesh.

  • Boater

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15

    I hope we don’t get diouf.
    For me the absence of an intelligent ball playing attacking midfielder is STILL the top priority… cover for full backs would be a good idea… but to go into next season with jail bird barton as our no. 1 central attacking midfielder tells us everything we need to know about our summer with Ashley and Wise, etc…
    Aimar was gutting, are we getting to the stage where a big punt on Arshavin would be worth another go?
    It’s all very well having top wingers and strikers but we will fail to progress without a TOP attacking midfielder brought in NOO!

  • toonfan1

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    does anyone remember that game back in the 05/06 season when we lost 2-1 to Bolton at st james. diouf really wound up the fans by doin silly celebrations etc. good player crap attitude

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Has anyone got a link to this diouf story. I am not sure if i am totally happy with this kid coming to NUFC after all we have had our fair share of thugs. An does anyone know how close we are to getting him?

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #18

    I know, I’m just messing about the adverts 😛 Although there seem to be a lot more on now then there were before….

    And yes toonfan1 I remember that game, and that’s the reason I hate him the most.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #19

    One of our regular readers ad a text from his uncle that word in Bolton is that it is almost a done deal, hes a reulgar poster and hasnt posted any rumours before so now reasons not to think any of it. + there was a rumours of vitalfootball.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Good shout on Diouf TT, would have him any day over Smith. IMO we NEED 5 more players, but NOT a left back, I thought Enrique did ok last season… Although he isn’t helping himself with today’s error! Get Collocini, an attacking midfielder (Fernandez?) Defensive midfielder, and a striker. Maybe another RB and sign up Bassong.

  • beye the great

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #21

    dont want diouf not because of his spitting or lack of quality but because we have plenty of players in his positions such as milner zog spidey duff owen martins viduka carroll ameobi smith and maybe others i cant think of but i think we need 1 player in cm who can crwate something and a few defs then we aare covered

  • Ross

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #22

    diouf is an average striker with disgusting habits.
    remember his celebrations at sjp? i dont think many people would exactly be over the moon if he appeared here this summer.

  • KKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #23

    I would prefer Diouf to Ameobi/Smith any day. What u guys think about Mark Bresciano from Palermo? Rumor has it he’s up for sale. Although he is 28 so doesn’t quite fit in with the current policy.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Bresciano has been very good when i have seen him.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #25

    beye the great, I’d certainly say that Diouf is better than both Ameobi and Smith, mainly cause he actually score goals. And also as Tom_Toon said, he can play in quite a few positions.

  • KKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Viduka could possibly attract Bresciano from playing together for Australia. Also i think his wage demands are rather low compared to the likes of Diouf.


    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #27

    come on lets face it most if not all players are better than smith and ameobi would carry smith on my back to rangers!!

  • Chris

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree Diouf is better than Smith and Ameobi, but the problem is we can’t get rid of them. So unless one of them goes then I can’t see Diouf coming here.

    I’d love to see the back of Smith, He’s on stupid wages and as long as he’s here, I fear him getting games for us and doing nowt. Can’t see anyone wanting him though and even if they were interested they’d sharp be put of by his wage demands.

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #29

    hi, guys it was me that posted about diouf, like I said in my origional post, i’ve not posted any rumours before and and have no reason to lie. Only time will tell I suppose. I think he could do a job and KK could get the best out of him.

    My uncle was attending a business meeting at the reebok. Like I said i’m not saying it’s gonna happen especially with the summer we’re having but thought i’d pass it on.

    On today’s game, who care’s about the result ??? Fitness is the key, and was anyone really expecting goals form smith and shola? I wasn’t lol

  • toonarmy08

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #30

    where has the diouf rumour come from guys??

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #31

    apart from the text I recieved (see earlier post) a couple of sites have mentioned it, although only rumours by the look nothing concrete

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #32

    and it is on vitalfootball.

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah 2 or 3 sites since this morning, maybe there is something in it ?

  • SingaporeToon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #34

    You guys think he is creative enough to be a playmaker or strong enough as a holding striker? If not why are we signing him?

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Right wing or just off the striker I think. He’d be a good signing and above all he’d be a pain in the ass of whoever we’re playing. That’s gotta be good !

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Diouf plays the Owen role for Senegal and he is awesome at it, Bolton missuse him on the wing IMO.

    Just let him drift and he will create.

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #37

    I would be content with a creative midfielder, that’s where our problems occur in my opinion – not enough chances are created!

    From reading that brief extract, I got the distinct feeling Keegan was trying to sound pretty upbeat, a subtle attempt to inform fans that he’s not going to be able to attract the number of, or type of players fans were hoping for…….

    “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.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the few who actually believe what MA is doing to be the correct thing. Nevertheless, if Keegan feels he requires extra funds for players or staff, I would be bitterly disappointed if MA didn’t support him.

  • toonfan1

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #38

    diouf probably wont come as keegan has already said that he is after a right back and left back first.

  • Macas

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #39

    If we sign him it will be because we can get him on the cheap

  • Dondatta13

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Just shows the state of this club. To think, that class A PRAT Shola Bambi-obi will still be a footballer, sorry, premier league footballer with NUFC in the comming season erk’s me big time! This guy should be up for fraud or get done for false advertising at least. A footballer you most deffinately are NOT!

    We have Smudge …. another stain on Newcastle, horrendous, hopeless and hapless! I mean, a striker who doesnt score? PLEASE…

    We still have an idiot sitting in jail in the form of Mr Barton.

    Owen, supposedly ready to hold us to ransom. He’s 28, very injury prone and wants well over £100,000 a week or he will take his ball and walk away for FREE (Cheers you gready little pleb).

    We have Jonas Gutierrez at the club BUT NO REGISTRATION? (is this mushroom season? am I tripping? has someone served up some freaky fungus or something?)

    We have a “team” of recruiters, jetting all over the world, Yes THE WORLD (which I hear is a canny big place) trying to find players? Jason and the Argonauts found the golden fleece, in the middle of know where hanging on a small tree after going through hell to get there. These tools cant find players OF THE MOST POPULAR SPORT ON THE PLANET.

    Then we have our owner, yup, a BILLIONAIRE. Only NUFC could go out and sell up to the worlds tightest billionaire. A billionaire who wants his players to purchase there own club suits. A billionaire who wants to slash the wage bill (even though TV rights bring in around £35Million revenue) as well as a stadium full to the brim with 52k people, most of who are wearing expensive NUFC replica shirts! He puts up season ticket prices and has only spent around 5 or 6 million (im being kind here) Pounds on new players. ALL TWO OF THEM (Well as we dont have the Jonas registration, so really id say ONE signing). I cant flippin believe it. Seriously Hollywood couldnt make this crap up.

    We have the smallest squad in the whole league both in height (probably) and number (deffinately) ………

    Then reports suggest we are in for a lazy, foul person who thinks its all in a days work to SPIT in the face of another professional!

    yes, My club is a joke and I HATE THAT FACT


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