We let 11 first team players go and brought 2 in – and that’s the state of rebuilding of our squad since we were relegated – if this weren’t in fact true we’d never believe it.
Chris Hughton – players offered to us were not right
But Newcastle are still hopeful of bringing in new players when the loan window reopens in seven days’ time, even though Chris has surprisingly said he feels the squad is very close to where he wants it to be.
We find that very strange since that’s inconsistent with what Chris was saying, even yesterday.
This is what Hughton told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We were absolutely delighted to bring Peter (Løvenkrands) in but I think everybody is a bit frustrated that there weren’t more (signings),”
“We had looked at bringing another couple of bodies in the right circumstances but they had to be the right players. A lot of names were put to us over the course of the last few days but the players that were offered weren’t right for us.”
“We had to make decisions about whether they were the right players on the right terms. Despite our very best efforts that didn’t really happen, to be honest.”
” What we do know is that in a week’s time we are able to bring in players over a three-month period and that is something I think we will try to do.”
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley did make some cash available to sign players, if that was possible and the reports suggest we did try to sign25 year-old Matthew Kilgallon from the Blades, a good center-back – but we suppose we couldn’t match Sheffield United’s valuation of the player – we were said to be offering £2M.
It seems we’ll need to rely on loan deals now – at least until the January window arrives, but if Ashley is still at the club we will not beholding our breath.
We can bring in a lot of loan players, since the rules say we cannot have more than 5 loan players on the pitch at any one time, and currently we only have Danny Simpson on loan.
“We were mostly looking at loans,” “It was a consideration (to pay a transfer fee) but there was not really anyone that came in our price bracket to be honest.”
“That was frustrating but we didn’t feel that we needed to add too much to the squad, to be honest. We’re very close to having the squad that I want and we have some very good young players who I will not be afraid of giving a chance.”
“We know that we have to add but the most important thing was that they were the right players so as not to upset the balance we have at the moment.”
Sorry, but how can we be close to the squad we want when we’re 9 players short of what we had last year, and that was too small a squad. And this season we play 8 more league games in the Championship.
We think Chris is willing to rely on our talented youngsters to come in and do the job, when they are needed. If they can do that we’ll be in much better shape than we think.