With all the doom and gloom again surrounding the Newcastle club right now, things could pick up rather quickly once we have a manager appointed.
Haris Vuckic – expected to show for first team next seaosn
That’s because if you look at the squad we should be left with, after unloading those nine players identified as high priority to move out, and then add in some of our outstanding youngsters coming through at the club, it’s not a bad basis at all of a strong squad.
Here’s the basis of the squad for next season that we have in place right now:
Goalkeepers: Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Fraser Forster
Defenders: Habib Beye, Steven Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer
Midfielders: Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Haris Vuckic, Alan Smith, Ryan Taylor, Brad Inman, Kazenga LuaLua, Shane Ferguson
Strikers: Peter Lovenkrands, Andy Carroll, Nile Ranger, Samuel Adjei
We’re not including the 9 players on the imminent transfer list, or our 4 players out of contract at the end of this month. And we think we’ll lose Seb Bassong, but hopefully will get a good fee for the lad, so we can bring in new players, seemingly across the board to add some experience to that group of 20 players.
Looks like we need some decent defenders more than anything else with Coloccini, Enrique, Cacapa and Edgar on their way. Maybe that’s why we are already linked with defenders Brad Orr (Bristol City), Andy Griffin(Stoke), Chris Gunter (Spurs), Fitz Hall (QPR) and Damien Delaney (QPR).
And there’s always a chance the new owners will be able to fund some of our more expensive players like Oba Martins and Kevin Nolan, so they will stay part of the squad, and help us get back to the Premier League at our first attempt – wouldn’t that be something.
Anyway, there may still be some hope for next season, amidst the chaos the club is in right now.