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.
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.
“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.