Keegan Still Looking To Assemble Quality Squad


Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan said that an ankle injury was the reason Alan Smith missed the pre-season friendly 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven last night.

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 Alan Smith – has ankle injury

There have been reports that Everton are interested in the former Manchester United and Leeds striker, but the reports say that Everton would offer only £1.5M, which is a quarter of the price Newcastle paid the Red Devils, exactly a year ago for the player.

Smith was not named in the 17-man squad for the game against PSV last night, and of course is started some rumors that he may be on his way out of Tyneside.

But Newcastle manager Keegan cleared up the situation after the game and explained:

“He’s got a sore ankle.”   I knew when I left him out that it would cause you (the Press) to ask questions but I can’t treat him any differently to anyone else. I haven’t risked anybody.”

“He’s a smashing lad, he’s very very popular at the club and he can play in a lot of different positions, so he’s a valuable player for us.”

Keegan is of course still hoping add some new players to his squad before our season gets under way in 10 days time against Manchester United.

After the game tonight there was a report on the official Deportivo web site, that said Colccini was now a Newcastle player.

Kevin admitted there could be some new developments on the transfer front within the next couple of days.

“”I honestly believe we will probably get two more players in at least – and maybe three – and we’ll work hard with a quality squad,”

“You look at the players we used tonight and look at the players that weren’t there and I think we have a very strong squad.”

Assuming we get Coloccini in, we would need at least another left-back and a central midfield player, at a minimum.

If those are 3 quality signings, there’s no doubt we’ll have a quality squad – no doubt at all.

However, we’ll still be a little short on numbers, especially if we keep getting the number of injuries we’ve experienced in the pre-season so far.

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • smith is a hack

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Anywhere online i can watch highlights of the psv game?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I still think a striker is a necessity, even if takeing a risk and getting Adriano on loan, or something along those lines, because we CANNOT rely on Smith to grab us goals

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #3

    take £1.5mil!

    take 1.5p, just get the waste of limbs off the wage bill.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I heard they will pay 3m tom, so thats even better!

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #5

    how was ur holiday tom lol!?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #6

    good! almost fell off a balcony though, i got too drunk one night not where i wanted to be!

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  • gavilan

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #7

    First to write on the wall woohooo!!!!
    Ok – ummm – hmmmmm – Gan on KK yee are a geordie – aint he? I divent knaa…
    HTL!

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  • Hadji

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Welcome back TT,its good to have you here in one piece 🙂

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #9

    well atleast u r back with good news:
    1) We signed colocinni
    2) Smith might be sold!

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  • chuck

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Yo Kevin, What about goalscorers ?
    Is`nt it obvious we need help up front, who`s gonna score for us ?
    Has`nt that been your approach, you score three we will score four ?
    Listen KK we really need a CF who can link up with the two dwarfs.
    Anelka would be my choice but Bent would also be a great buy.
    Cuellar and Evans would fill out the defence and of course either Veloso or Moutinho as the midfield engine room, viola!

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  • ende

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #11

    So let me get this straight… Keegan is going to assemble a quality squad by injuring Smith’s ankle? Sounds about right to me 😉

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  • Hilly

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #12

    What’s the deal with the injuries? Why can’t our club ever solve this nagging problem? BSA seemed to be the only Manager in recent history to keep our disabled list at least somewhat clean. It’s disheartening to have to field Milner and Duff as forwards. I’d say we need another striker more than a CM and not just because of the game today. With only 3 real options at forward, we’re pretty threadbare. I shouldn’t be greedy as it seems we’re lucky to be signing anyone at all…

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  • GSfan

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #13

    lol no wonder you guys scored in this match. This guy didn’t play =(

    Gz on Coloccini btw! Though it’s a shame he got a hair cut…

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  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Smith play = we lose

    Smith injured = at least we get a draw….

    see the picture?

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  • Optimist

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #15

    anywhere i can watch highlights online of the psv match?

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  • geno toon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #16

    yeah As much as it pains the management to cut their losses there they might have to just do that and then invest in another striker. He has great attitude and work ethic but some people just dont have it. I hope i am wronge and he gets “it” back.

    Good to have you back TomToon. your insight is something i like reading.

    I do not understand why we dont play carrol? Is he injured or on loan?

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  • howaytheladsII

    Aug 7, 2008 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #17

    don’t waste time+money on Alan Smith, it is a rare chance to let hime go

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  • Ian

    Aug 7, 2008 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #18

    if im not mistaken, carroll injured his heel. would love to see zamblera get a half in somewhere though.

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  • Mick G

    Aug 7, 2008 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #19

    I still think NUFC should try and get Heskey.Bruce has been signing strikers all summer and is rumoured to be after another one,and also Camara is back in the fold at Wigan,so why not give it a go?

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  • GM

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Enrique MUST be replaced, yet again his fault lead to their equaliser last night, he was at fault against doncaster and many other times last season, he is a liability almost as much as smith. A decent striker and LB would be my priority

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  • Carlos

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Heskey is a good shout, considering our position.

    He would be cheap, very PL experienced, and has good understanding with Owen. Perfect really, as a short term solution.

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  • Carlos

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #22

    And i agree about Enrique. I think a lot of fans find it hard to accepot that at the moment he is mediocre at best. PErhaps because he cost so much, perhaps because he’s still very young, perhaps because he came with a lot of hype, i don’t know. But for some reason, people seem to think he should be 1st choice and a back up need ot be brought.

    I say make HIM back up, and buy a decent experienced LB.

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  • Ian-first one!!

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree with the other Ian up there, I cannot see why they dont put Fabio on, and or one of the other reserve strikers, we have established that Smith wasnt good in a striker role, Shola didnt improve, we have doubts about Carroll so surely this would have been an opportunity to try him/them, if one of them was better then we could still buy another striker but leave that player as next choice, maybe Keegan didnt want to put him on in case he had a one off spectacular game and the board didnt think they need another striker???

    Anhow much better match, glad to see Guthrie score, the players that score straight away at the club rarely have any problems and Taylor showed his worth again!!

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  • GM

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Totally agree Carlos. See villa linked with shorey now as well as pompy, might be worth a punt

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  • dave v

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #25

    l read on here the other night that Gomez might have been seen at SJP, and Steve MCmahon from the Singapore group was at the match, any more information on these please lads.

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  • GM

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Dave V – I heard that while watching the game on justin tv last night as well (the bit about McMahon) it was on sky news as well apparently not sure about gomez though, the camera also picked up some one with dreadlocks and there were a few comments about him also but no one know who he was

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  • Ericles

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #27

    My only grievance with KK is his support of Smith. Let the Toffees have him – or are we trying to prevent his sale by a medical failing bad ankle? KK says Smith is liked by everyone.
    I think that a million or more Tynesiders might disagree with that.

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  • ROBULON

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #28

    dave v – this is from the Journal this morning:

    Last night’s match was watched by Steve McMahon, a director of the Singapore-based Profitable Group, who were last week linked with a possible takeover of the club. Instead, they are forging a commercial tie-up with the Magpies to promote the club in the lucrative Far East market.

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2008/08/07/owen-to-face-man-utd-without-pre-season-action-61634-21480404/

    So just looks like we’re after some more money!

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  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #29

    There seems to be some sort of striker injury curse, how is it possible to have 6 first team-ready strikers out at once? Still, so long as we’ve got Owen and Martins for the Man Utd game…

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  • Ian-first one!!

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Matt lacey, agree how can we have 6 strikers all off at once!!!

    The trouble is Shola, Smith and Carroll arent really part of our strike force and Viduka is a good but older player on a free transfer who we got on the cheap, but Viduka is added in as if he is a young top of his game striker, so really we only have two prime full time recognised strikers, the others just keep clouding up the issue, it has always been the same we pay a lot for one, then dont get in one or two just to hold the fort if we get injuries, the last time we did was when Keegan himself got in an old player John Barnes and we had to use him a lot more than we would have liked but he did a job for us. So if we arent buying another good proven striker why dont we do the same again?

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Carlos – Heskey is a donkey !! He can’t stay on his feet !!!

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  • arctoa

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #32

    It was Dalglish who brought in the Dad’s Army, and the striker he brought in was Ian Rush…

    Enough said.

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  • Ian-first one!!

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #33

    arctoa, you are right, bad memory, it worked for us anyhow as we got to the FA cup final.

    Rush was a disaster, but he was always a final touch player and that relies on youthful reflexes.

    Dads Army!! a couple of those would do! Jason Roberts and Sibieski to save the day if everyone is on their sick beds!!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #34

    It’s a strategy…Don’t believe they’re all injured!..
    …Just a thought!..

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  • Ian-first one!!

    Aug 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    punk skunk, if we arent buying another I hope you are right!!

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