If Michael Owen signs along the dotted line for Newcastle United this week, it will only help Joe Kinnear in his quest to bring quality player to Newcastle United in January.
Joe Kinnear – praying that Michael will sign
If Michael signs, you can be assured the news will be all over the world, and that can only help the image of our football club, and could entice new players to Newcastle United to play their football.
Most players already know Newcastle is a big club, and have the best fans around, and having a world class player as captain cannot hurt, that’s for sure.
Joe Kinnear said today:
“If he signs it will help me in everything else I’m trying to do,” “The more top-class players you have, the more players are prepared to join. It makes it easier.“He (Ashley) wants us to get the best we can, finish in the highest position we possibly can.”
“But I’ve explained we’ll need finance to make the squad stronger. He’s said, ‘Go and identify the players you want, and I’ll answer when I find out what their prices are.”
“I wouldn’t have thought I’d be going for players who are £10m-plus but I might get away with four, five, or six million.”
“There are players in the Championship I would not be frightened to buy, I have already identified them. But not only the Championship, there are two that are on-going, who are playing abroad.”
Joe was very good in the transfer market while he was at Wimbledon, and he still has lots of contacts in the game, who seem only too happy to point out good up and coming players, now that Joe is at Newcastle.
And even Dennis Wise, who is not particularly well liked at Newcastle seems to be doing a better job than most of us thought, with the signing of Bassong, Coloccini, Gutierrez and 15 year old Aaron Spear in the summer, though exactly who was specifically responsible for singing some of them is still up in the air.
Joe has identified a number of players, some of which are in the Championship, and quite honestly if we can get five good players in during January, and even if a couple are youngsters who will be in the first team squad, that would be terrific. We could also unload a few fringe players to help with the wage bill.
We’ve already seen what youngsters like Bassong and Guthrie can do, and another round of transfers like we did in the summer would make our squad even stronger.
Then is the summer two or three additional top players, and we’ll be ready to rock and roll next season.
And of course Mike thinks we’ll be in Europe next season, so he will hopefully be willing to fund some new players in the summer, if he is still at the club at that time.