We had hoped rather wistfully last week, that all four Newcastle players that had been offered new contracts would sign them by the end of the year, but now we know that will not happen.
Nicky Butt – the more quality players the better
At least one player, captain Michael Owen, as we learned yesterday, will delay any decision on his Newcastle contract until the end of the season, and that gives ample time for clubs to come along and offer him good terms and a fair sized signing-on fee to join them.
While it’s disappointing news, that’s the way these things go sometimes, and Joe will now need to concentrate now on bringing in some good new players in January.
As usual we’ve been linked with multiple players, the most well known being left back Leighton Baines at Everton and West Ham’s center back Matthew Upson, and both would be more than decent acquisitions to our squad. News is that Joe has already put in a bid for a left back in England.
There are rumors that West Ham may have to sell players in January, but we don”t know how true that is, or whether we really need another center half in January.
We will need get a center half during the summer, because we think David Edgar and Claudio Cacapa will both be allowed to leave the club, maybe even next month.
There have been reports that 32 year-old Spanish International defender Juanito of Real Betis interests Kinnear, but we have no idea if there’s any truth to those reports.
We have also been linked with 18 year French whiz kid Mamadouu Sakho of PSG, and we would love it if Joe can bring this 6’2″ youngster to the club, as he will only improve in the Premier League. And he may not have finished growing yet either.
And some players we were linked to in the summer, we will be linked with in January, whether or not there’s any truth to the reports. 😀
Nicky Butt over the weekend called on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to give Joe Kinnear the finds he needs to strengthen the side.
“There definitely needs to be investment in January,” “We need two new players at least. And if we also keep the experienced players we’ve already got, we will be fine.“
“It’s a big club and if we get the right players in and financial backing we will be up there. But you look at what we have got now, and although we have quality, if we get one or two injuries, it gets really difficult.”
“The more quality players the better,”
“You need challenges in training, in games. You need to compete. You get lazy and you think you’re first choice if you don’t have competition.
“If it means buying two midfielders in January, then I’m all for that.”
It seems to be true that players appreciate the competition for places, because presumably they want to be part of a successful side, and that means having a strong squad, which we just don’t have at the moment.
We made a hash of the transfer market in the summer by not bringing in enough players but Guthrie, Bassong, Gutierrez and Coloccini have been great quality signings for us, and that will give Newcastle hope that other good players may be on their way into the club.
22 year-old Spanish Under-21 International Xisco is a bit of an enigma who we haven’t seen play much, and of course Uruguay midfielder Igancio Gonzalez, has hardly played at all, and he’s out with an Achilles injury until March.
Joe may want to bring in some loan signings too, so we don’t know if it’s possible to cancel Gonzalez’ loan with his club Valencia, although there’s probably documentation that we signed, that says we have to keep him, if he gets injured.
We’d like to see 5 good players brought in next month, and we wouldn’t be bothered much if Edgar, Xisco, Cacapa and Smith are moved out.
But Smith will not be fit until late January, so that may prevent him being sold in January, although a loan deal, maybe to Everton, may be a possibility.
That’s if the Merseyside club want to take a striker who has yet to score a goal for Newcastle, but it could be a good move for Alan, nevertheless.
There again, after what Joe has done with most of the players in the Newcastle squad, Kinnear may fancy his chances of getting the best out of Smith, and that is one reason he may elect to keep the England International at least until the summer.
What do you think of all this?
Let’s know your own ideas and opinions – comments very welcome.