Newcastle captain Nicky Butt played a big part in the win on Saturday, and in the last two games has linked up extremely well with battling Kevin Nolan, who looks a great buy for the club.
Nicky Butt – one of the leaders at Newcastle United
And Nicky is right when he says today to his Newcastle team-mates today, that it’s time to kick on from here, and who knows we have be safe from relegation sooner than we think. That would be nice.
It was a bit of a dour game on Saturday, and very exciting, but more because of the mistakes both defenses were making, especially in the first half, than anything else.
In fact all 4 goals in the first half came from defensive errors, and with any luck Newcastle could have had even more than 3 goals at the interval.
Newcastle are now a little bit better off in the league in 13th place, and gained 3 points on many teams over the weekend, although our goal difference of -9 is still poor, and could be a lot better.
Nicky Butt talked to the Newcastle Official Site today, after signing a contract last week, to keep him at the club through next season:
“I’ve said many a time, ‘This is where we kick on now’,”
“We’ve got a few games coming up now, against Everton at home and Bolton away, and we’re confident against those teams.”
“Then we’ve got the big boys, so we’ve got to get as many points as we can. I think we’ve got the foundations to be a big club and challenge up there.”
“Personally, I think another three additions to our team, all top players, and we’ll be up there with the top six, seven and eight easily.”
Certainly we have brought in some good players since last summer, with some great bargains.
Guthrie, Gutierrez, Bassong, Nolan, R Taylor and Lovernkrands are six players we have brought to the club for just around £10M, and that’s good business on anybody’s terms.
We look forward to the summer because we think Joe will unload quite a few of our current squad.
It’s more than likely that Viduka, Cacapa, Edgar, Xisco and Geremi will leave, with a likelihood that Smith, Owen and perhaps Enrique could also be on their way.
Apart from Edgar they are all huge wage earners at Newcastle, and Joe has a good chance to make the strong even stronger, and the wage bill a lot lower.
The first five above earn together around £180K/week (£9.3M/year), and the last three are on around £190K/week (£9.9M/year). Are they worth that? We don’t think so.
We think at least 5 players in the current squad will move out in the summer, so look at Joe bringing in up to 8 new players, to complement further the very good squad that will remain.
But we will also need to keep our good players, including Oba Martins and Andy Carroll.