Kevin Keegan talked to the Sunday Sun after the game last night, after we were well beaten by a superb Arsenal display of attacking, flowing football.
Kevin Keegan – I have seven and a half players
Keegan said he had just seven and a half new players, so now we have to think who we think those are, and whether it would be eight and a half if Milner was still here.
Keegan’s need for additional players was shown yesterday when Newcastle just could match the Arsenal team, and we were hanging on for long portions of the game.
And right now we have no strength in depth, with a number of teenagers on the bench, which didn’t give Kevin many options during the game.
Kevin told the Sunday Sun:
“I’ve said all along we need three players in” “I think I’ve got seven-and-a-half good players at Newcastle now;.”
“Players we can build something around. We will get in two players hopefully. Maybe three.”
And Kevin came to the defense of Joey Barton amid a row over the midfielder’s late appearance as a substitute, and we think Kevin will need to do a lot more defending of Joey, as he plays more games for us this season.
Barton clashed with Samir Nasri, and Keegan was not happy with Nasri or the Arsenal captain – William Gallas – but notice they are both French as is Ousmane Dabo.
“Joey came on and got a very good tackle in on Nasri, then the guy just sliced him down,” “If you write any different to that, you’re deceiving your readers.”
“I was upset at the end. I like Nasri very much — he’s a player we looked at and talked about — but you can’t do that.”
“Joey hasn’t done anything wrong there. I thought it was an excellent tackle. He got the ball he didn’t go in double-footed or anything.”
“Today, I guess we needed the break they got with the penalty or the one that we hit the bar with.” “There’s no denying they’re an excellent side and that they will finish in top four.”
Well how many seasons has it been since Arsenal were not in the top four – a very long time.
The only thing Newcastle fans want now are 3-4 good players signed by Monday at midnight, because what happens in the next 38 hours could well decide how well we do this season – and that’s fact.