Chris Hughton Hopeful Of One Or Two Deadline Signings

Chris Hughton has tonight set his sights set on one or two signings by 5:00 pm tomorrow – and does not foresee any more players leaving.

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Chris Hughton – hoping for one or two signings before tomorrow

The Newcastle boss guided his side, selected from a paper-thin squad, to a fourth consecutive league win without conceding a goal, to send Newcastle two points clear at the top of the Coca Cola Championship.

Newcastle beat Leicester City 1-0 at St. James’ Park tonight and Chris said after the game:

“I’m hopeful that we will bring one or two in tomorrow.”

“And I’m even more confident that nobody in this present squad will be leaving.”

Danish international striker Peter Lovenkrands, a free agent, will hopefully be brought back, but that doesn’t have to be completed tomorrow and Chris added:

“Peter is one that we have been very much interested in.”

Newcastle’s thin squad has to be a huge cause for concern, and quite honestly we’re not even sure that Ashley will fix the problem, certainly not by tomorrow night.

Hughton added:

“It’s a stretched squad – but most of the season so far we’ve been able to cope with it.” “We certainly have good enough players, and it’s only right that the young lads are given an opportunity because they’ve deserved that.”

“But we need some players in before 5pm tomorrow, because we realize that the squad is not strong enough to compete for the whole season. The club are aware of that.”

“Once we have injuries, the squad is going to be stretched. (Fabricio) Coloccini was missing against Leicester, Jonás (Gutiérrez) has a hamstring problem and will be out for four weeks.”

“And Shola Ameobi has a stress fracture in his foot which needs to be monitored.”

Newcastle played Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor in central defense tonight and took a bit of a hammering in the air, especially in the first 45 minutes. Both had good games and Steven was his usual rock at the back – he’s such a vital player for us this season.

We thought that Hungarian Tamas Kadar, who came on as a late substitute, may have been a better option with Danny moving to right back.

Tamas has looked cool and class when he’s played for the first team, and he may have done better than Danny in the air, because of his height – Tamas is 5 inches taller than Danny.

But this tells us we need a dominant tall center back brought in soon.

And Collocini was surprisingly missing from the squad tonight, and we were told he was on International duty, but why wasn’t that made clear before the game?

That could simply be a cover story and he could be off and out of Newcastle before 5:00m pm tomorrow, and maybe to Fenebahce in Turkey.

Brazil play Argentina on Saturday, in World Cup qualifiers,  and we’d be surprised if Fabricio starts – so not sure why he couldn’t have traveled to South America tomorrow.  If the story is true then we should have demanded that Fabricio could play tonight.

The Argentine was missed tonight, especially for his aerial skills.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • jonny

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #1

    no way he would be on international duty, looks like hes trying to be shifted by ashley.

  • bill

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    One or two, we need about nine or ten.

  • Eaststander

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Collocini was missed tonight Have you been drinking Ed? As long as they find someone to replace him I wouldn’t shed a tear

  • Joseph

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #4

    darren gibson according to journal. Not exactly what we need

  • jonny

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    by the way, im sure i heard the toon ultras singing nicky butt nicky butt nicky butt f*** off! at the match tonight, and he also wasnt in the sqaud tonight despite playing against huddersfield, is he going somewhere?

  • Joseph

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    jonny, nah just injured

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7

    We need a centre back or two and a striker (lovenkrands). Its obvious and surely even Ashley can realise that.

    Ed….Taylor and Simpson took a bashing in the air but Howard is one of the best around in the lower league for winning the long balls so i wouldnt read much into that. Simpson played well i thought and we dealt with Howards flick ons quite well.

    Smith did a great job in putting off Howard as well by getting in front of him.

    Onohua get a game at city these days? Would be a very very good loan singing.

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #8

    And unless we actually sign Gibson permantely, which we wont, it would be a useless loan signing as he wouldnt get a game next season with our riches in CM

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Ok it ain’t the first time CH has said this and we lost Xisco on loan, I don’t believe that we won’t lose more until five pm this afternoon. CH is doing a sterling job and is winning me over. But sorry he knows as much as us nowt.

  • Waddles mullet

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Watching chris hughton after match it was like his last good bye.

    Got to say well done mate you have done yourself proud.

    Hope Big al keeps you in mind for the future.

  • chuck

    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Hmmm, yeah think we did miss Colo to-night.
    It`s when one realizes the difference between a Collo and the kids filling in.
    Everyone seems to think Ranger had a good game, personally i thought he was fairly innofective and could see he needs to bulk up and put himself about more.
    Sure with the lack of numbers it looks like we have little choice but to employ the kids more in a projected long season, but we desperately need bodies and i have to agree with the addage
    you will win nowt with kids.
    But on saying that, dont expect anything but free agents and loanees.

  • chuck

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Hmm! if we are to lose Colo, what about Killgallon to partner taylor (an U21 CD team)
    could be a decent signing and perhaps a pairing for the future.
    Would`nt mind Gibson but dont think either are going to happen.
    Just the possible loanee or Bosman.

  • montevideomag

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Craig cathcart coming on season loan from man utd – so says the sun , wrong side world gets you early press on line

  • Dragonera

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #14


    As usual you are talkig utter nonsense, just trying to be different. Ranger ineffective? He was obviously advised to win the ball in the air, hold up play and bring midfielders into the game further up the pitch…which he did to great effect. Not to mention he got an assist. His effort was second to none and the only thing he didn’t do was score for Gods sake! He was very impressive. Hopefully now he will be go above Carroll in the pecking order…

  • fergie

    Sep 1, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed – Not sure Coloccini’s aerial skills were missed tonight. I wasn’t aware he possessed any. As for the international call up, we can’t demand that he plays as this is a Monday night game and as such, falls within the international break. Therefore, under FIFA rules, if he is called up to the squad, we are powerless to refuse it. And as for reading anything into his absence, Leo Messi (not injured) was missing from Barcelona’s squad for their game against Gijon and I doubt he’s on his way out of Camp Nou…

  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #16

    So, what was Shearer doing at SJP with Dowie of all people?

    For crying out loud, if that’s not gonna cheese Hughton right off, I can’t think what would. Given that he’s done a superb job under extremely difficult circumstances, he’s proved that he’s got the stamina and the temperament to do the job and has the respect of the players.

    So, does Dowies presence alongside Shearer mean that Shearer, if he’s installed, is going to break up a winning combination and install Dowie as his henchman?

    Results last season showed that that duo were hardly successful and one would like to think that Shearer’d be able to use Hughton’s talents to the advantage of the club and the pleasure of the fans.

    I’m sceptical about appointing the Shearer-Dowie pairng and if they do join the club, I wonder how long before we hit the slippery slope from the top.

    Sorry guys, but I aint convinced about the wisdom of giving Shearer the reins at this stage – it’s players we need not turmoil…… again!

    If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

  • geordie deb

    Sep 1, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with you. Don’t want Shearer and want Dowie even less but no doubt he will be given the reins to placate the masses. Hope it doesn’t cause unrest with the players especially when we have a great team spirit at the minute.


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