After basking in the glory that was Newcastle’s phenomenal win last night, we will allow ourselves just for once, to look forward to the summer.
Tuncay Sanli – can we get this player from Boro in the summer?
We have been very reticent to look at any summer transfers, until we know which league we will be in, and we are still not safe yet – but we really think once the boys get down to earth again after last night’s performance, Alan will have them fully ready for Saturday against Fulham, and hopefully get another win, and reward the ever-loyal Newcastle fans.
Then we can really celebrate especially if Hull lose at Bolton, because we’ll essentially be safe.
So with this in mind, as we look forward to the summer – the club really needs to sort itself out.
Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias looked more than delighted at the end of the game last night, and so they should have been because relegation would be an absolute nightmare for them and the proud Newcastle United club.
If we do survive, we think Alan needs to sit down and tell them what he’s willing to do at Newcastl;e, who he needs, how he wants to run the club, what responsibilities he wants, and hopefully Mike will say yes, yes, yes – anything else Alan?
From what we’ve seen, and of course it’s so very early to really tell, but Shearer has everything it takes to become a top manager in the game, including a burning ambition to be successful at Newcastle.
So the first thing is to hire Shearer, who will then bring in his back-room staff, and maybe clear out a few of those already at the club he doesn’t need. The news is that he will be offered £4M/year over 4 years, but that sounds like a made-up figure to us, but no doubt he will be well paid, especially if he keeps us up this season.
Then Alan will need to do some sorting out of the playing staff. It’s a little like last year when Kevin Keegan took over, and after several games ordinary players started to look good, and last night all of our boys looked so sharp and ready to play.
So maybe the squad under Alan is better than we had thought, but Mike Ashley cannot keep shelling out £74M each year in wages, not with just over £100M in revenues.
The players we think will definitely go are Cacapa, Geremi, Barton and Ameobi, who is now way down the striker order, and will need to make way for Carroll and Ranger, who will be coming through next season. Shola will resist moving, but we think he’ll join some team like Stoke City in the summer, a very well run club, and will probably be a good buy for them.
We just don’t know what to make of Mark Viduka, as we’ve smashed him so many times this season, because of his injury record, and yet the Australian was little short of magnificent last night.
He showed that when he’s fit he can really play, and he looked fitter than he’s looked in a long time last night, so credit to Alan and Iain for working with Mark on his fitness.
If Alan wants to keep him for one more year, that would be fine with us but his wages of £65K/week are hefty for someone who plays so little. But Mark will be great for our young strikers as they learn from one of the masters of hold-up play, and if Shearer wants him Mike Ashley would be foolish not to back his manger on player personnel.
But we have to salute Mark once again today, for a memorable and committed performance last night, it was a performance to savor, and he was a hero when he came off the field last night.
Other players that could be moved out to make way for new blood could be Michael Owen, and some decision on him will need to be taken, again by Alan Shearer, but we wonder if Alan will want to keep him at the club, given his wages of £110K/week.
Other players who could be moved out include Alan Smith, Xisco and maybe even Jonas Gutierrez, who has the ball a lot, but as he showed last night, doesn’t really accomplish much with it. It’s just a thought for the Jonas fans, a possibility.
We don’t think Alan Shearer will want to keep Xisco, the Spanish striker who is already behind Owen, Viduka, Martins, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Carroll and Ranger in the striking order at the Tyneside club, and that’s unlikely to change much.
So why we’d keep him we have no idea, and yes we’ve said this before and been pummeled by readers who think he is worth keeping on, but we’ve heard nothing from Alan about the lad, and have to assume Shearer is not too impressed.
So players leaving could include Cacapa, Geremi, Barton, Ameobi, Xisco and maybe Smith, Gutierrez and even Cololccini who is now 3rd best center-back behind Steven Taylor and the mercurial Sebastien Bassong.
If we stay up we think Sebastien Bassong will get a bumper contract, which he’s more than earned this season, and that he will want to stay at the Tynesdie club, especially if Shearer is the long term boss. He looked absolutely delighted after the game last night, and he’s such a great player and good lad.
Who do we bring in?
Well there is talk of Alan being interested in Javier Saviola from Real Madrid, who is apparently availbale for around £2M, and Kevin Keegan was interested in the player last summer.
And we were thinking last night that if Middlesbrough do go down, maybe we could take David Wheater and Tuncay Sanli off their hands. We were after Tuncay before he signed for Boro a couple of years ago, and David Wheater is an excellent young English center-back, who’s already been part of the full England squad under Fabio Capello.
We could even sell Coloccini if Shearer can bring in another good central defender.
The list of players we were after in January, will still form the basis of who we will pursue in the summer, with Alan having to review that list of course, and maybe adding and subtracting some names.
We’ll leave it at that right now, because we don’t want to tempt fate too much, but we think the lads owe the fantastic Newcastle fans two more top performances in the final two games of the season, to bring this disastrous season to a close, at long last.
If they can give us two more wins it will balance out the season just a little bit.
Then we can all get excited about the summer transfer comings and goings, as long as we are still in the Premier League and Alan Shearer is boss.
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