If we can have a decent run-in to the season things in the summer may even be looking up for Newcastle.
Mamadou Sakho – just turned 19 years old last week
There’s no doubt that although the club have not brought in enough players in the last two windows, they have certainly improved the squad and when you l0ok at players like Coloccini, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Bassong, Ryan Taylor, Nolan and Lovenkrands, they are all good players.
And those seven cost the club just £21M, so once we get a good clear-out of our overpaid stars in the summer, we could get a quite few through the door, to further strengthen the squad.
We may not get any BIG signings, but when was the last time Newcastle made a big signing that turned out to be worth the money?
Certainly not Michael Owen, and it was a long time ago, and Everton have shown you don’t need a lot of money to form a good team to challenge for the top six.
This summer should also see us have a good clear-out of players on huge wages who have just not produced, for one reason or another, and they will likely include Viduka, Cacapa, Geremi, Smith, Xisco, Owen and young Edgar. Spanish Under-21 International Enrique may also be on his way in the summer. That’s a possible 8 first teamers who will leave the club this summer.
There are also about 6 youngsters whose contracts run out in the summer, and we’ll need to see how many of them get renewed contracts at Newcastle.
We’ve also brought in our fair share of good youngsters too, and one that has been on the radar screen is Mamadou Sakho from Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain.
The lad turned 19 years old just last week, and Newcastle have been tracking him for a while now, but news that Arsenal may beat Newcastle to the player, who is said to be available for around £4M.
If Sakho is as good as people say, he could be a top player in as little as a couple of years, and £4M will look very cheap indeed then.
So we hope Newcastle can do a deal with PSG for the 6’2″ defender, although he’s just signed an extended contract at the French club, and may elect to stay there for another year.
Sakho has come through the youth system at PSG and captained PSG last year and became the youngest player to ever captain a Ligue 1 side last season, when he was just 17 years and 8 months. He so far has been capped 3 times for the French Under-21 side.
Unfortunately Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also been tracking Sakho for some time now, and he may pip Newcastle to the player in the summer.
We’ll have to wait and see because if we do get Sakho, it will not be the first time we’ve beaten Arsenal to a good young player.