Newcastle United owner, as we now know for certain, has taken the Newcastle club off the market and after witnessing yesterday’s display by Newcastle’s injury hit side, he should be very well aware that drastic improvements are needed to the squad.
Mike Ashley – must now know that big improvements needed in squad
In his statement of yesterday one thing Mike said was:
“With the transfer window approaching we will work closely with Joe to see what can be done to strengthen the squad.”
However, Kinnear now believes that only established stars will fit the bill if Newcastle United are indeed to climb to safety this season, which has to be the number one priority.
With new injuries to established players such as Habib Beye, Nicky Butt, Oba Martins and Mark Viduka, and with players like Joey Barton and Alan Smith still on the long-term injury list, Kinnear has admitted, after the Liverpool game, that his list of wanted players may well need to be revised.
Joe told the Evening Chronicle today:
“January will be hectic on and off the field. We need to address that situation immediately.” “And that’s the message I am getting across to Mike Ashley and the board of directors.”
“If we are looking for a team for the future and want to go forward and make a statement against teams like Liverpool, we must strengthen.”
“Against Liverpool you could see how big the gap is.” “The players I am looking at bringing in, are players who can come straight into the team.” “But I will have to make some changes.”
“I was looking at certain areas, assuming that everybody was fit and well. But due to the length of time people are out injured it could change.”
“Now it is a case of finding out exactly how long people are going to be out for.” “Beye’s on crutches and you’d think he’s going to be out at least three weeks.”
“Viduka’s got a torn groin muscle, and I’d think he would be at least three weeks as well.” “Oba Martins will be at least two weeks minimum.”
“We already know Joey Barton is down, and with Nicky Butt going down against Liverpool, who knows what the team will be at Hull?”
“I can’t see any of the injured players coming back.” “If we get our best team out we are fine, but the strength of the squad needs to be much better.”
What we’d like to see is a couple of players arrive at the club quickly, since it is possible the club have already done some work with the pending transfers.
But it seems to take a lot longer these days to tie up transfer moves so we’ll just have to keep a close watch on things, once the window opens on Thursday – in 3 days time.
But Joe is right in that what Newcastle fans want to see now is this situation addressed with the required urgency that will tell the fabulous Newcastle faithful that owner Ashley is indeed serious about improving the squad – and it’s not just talk, which we all know is very cheap.
We already know Joe Kinnear is serious about improving the squad, but he needs Mike’s help.