Kevin Keegan is happy enough at the men he has brought in to his Newcastle squad so far this summer.
Danny Guthrie – appears to be great acquisition for Newcastle
Sebastien Bassong was brought in by Kevin, and expected to be on the fringes of the Newcastle first team, at least for this coming season.
But it’s clear Kevin sees both Guthrie and Gutierrez as first team players, who will both probably start against Manchester United.
But the way young Bassong has already performed in pre-season suggests that he’ll still be pushing for a first team place this season, which is a good thing for the squad.
Unbelievably, we are still apparently waiting for Gutierrezâ€™s paperwork to come through,Â to enable him to play and finally complete his transfer from Real Mallorca.
Both Gutierrez and Guthrie have looked good in pre-season, with Guthrie looking like a great midfielder in the making, and it could well be that Kevin has have found another gem with the youngster.
Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe might bring in four or five signings here, but it might be a lesser-known player who makes the biggest impact.”
â€œDanny Guthrieâ€™s got a lot of energy. Heâ€™s got a good eye for a goal, and he can certainly pass the ball.”
â€œHeâ€™ll get better the more games he plays, the more experience he gets, and the more we put ahead of him.”
â€œNo disrespect to the lads that played, because they did terrifically well, but when you get someone like Michael Owen, Oba or Viduka up there, heâ€™ll run off them.”
â€œHeâ€™ll certainly finish if he gets a chance, as people have seen â€“ Iâ€™ve seen that in training.â€
While a number of fans are unhappy with Newcastle’s transfer dealing so far, if we can bring just 3 additional players in after Coloccini, we should be in great shape.
Nicky Shorey has now singed for Aston Villa, but we don’yt think he could have been a target for the club, so we’ll have to wait and see just who the club will get as a left-back.
Then we need a central midfielder and a good striker to replace Alan Smith, if he does go to Everton, which we would expect him to do, for his own good as much as anything.
So we think things could turn out well for Newcastle by the end of the month, but we would need 3 more good signings, and that’s certainly possible.