News today that Chris Hughton is preparing a list of players after it looks like Newcastle United could finally join the market to sign players next week.
Chris Hughton – needs two or three new players
With even more players going to be lost before August is out, with a £4M bid for Damien Duff, thought to be from Fulham, already being considered by Newcastle, we will need to build the squad back up.
Hughton hinted that Newcastle need two or three additions, but that will hardly be enough for a 46 game season, once we get our usual troubles with injuries.
Newcastle are the only one of 91 clubs not have have brought in any new players, and there’s now just 17 days of the transfer market to go.
If Ashley attends the game tomorrow against Reading, surely he will know that Newcastle are less than happy with his pathetic performance over the summer as owner of Newcastle. After all we’ve also just been relegated.
Chris Hughton said today:
“The position I’m in at the moment hasn’t changed so much since pre-season,” “The nearer we get to the window it will probably become more and more difficult.”
“At this moment, my remit and all my thoughts and efforts have been going very much into training this group of lads and preparing them for games.”
“Some of the issues that might arise over the next few weeks haven’t arisen. But I appreciate that the nearer we get to the window, it will get more difficult.”
Since we were relegated Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, David Edgar, Claudio Caçapa, Peter Lovenkrands, Ignacio González, Mark Donninger, Obafemi Martins, Sebastién Bassong and Habib Beye have all left the club, and we expect Damien Duff to leave shortly also.
Hughton believes that discussions about new signings will not be delayed much longer, but that may be because Ashley has decided to take the club off the market.
“We’ve lost three players (Martins, Bassong and Beye) since the start of pre-season,”
“If I look at the squad we’ve got at the moment, providing we don’t have too many injuries, I’d think we need the additions of two or three to the squad.”
“But that’s keeping all the players we’ve got. At this present moment, we’ve got a squad I think is a very capable squad.
“There’s no doubt if we were to lose players, it would certainly get more difficult and being where we are and what we want to achieve this season, replacements would have to be brought in. I’ve not had a conversation about that yet.”
“All the efforts from the club have been into selling the club and taking it the next step forward. But I certainly do anticipate that possibly, maybe as soon as after this weekend, some talks will have to take place about if any players were to go, the situation that would leave us in.”
Hughton is happy doing what he does best, and that is working on the training ground with the players.
But he needs to prepare for the day when he asked who he wants to sign, but that also suggests there will be no permanent manager for a while too.
“I think you have to,” “You have to prepare yourself but at this moment (yesterday afternoon) I expect us to have the same squad tomorrow.”
“If that was to change, of course the club has got to make decisions on what it would like to do about replacements.”
We would hope to hear something very soon about whether Ashley is keeping the club, and he needs to make that decision, at the latest, over the weekend.
By then hopefully we’ll have beaten Reading.