While Chris Hughton has only made three signings this season, but all three have been very good.
Marlon Harewood – on his way to Newcastle?
Chris has brought in Danny Simpson at right back from Manchester United, to essentially replace Habib Beye, who of course left for Aston Villa, although Danny is supposedly only here until January 1st.
On September 1st, the last day of the transfer window, the club brought in Peter Lovenkrands, who can play striker or winger and therefore fill in somewhat for the departed Owen, Viduka, Martins, Xisco and Duff.
Peter was already well known at Newcastle and would be able to fit in quickly, and he was a free agent who Newcastle fans already know has lots of class and should be really good in the Championship.
And yesterday, another excellent loan signing at center-back where we were short, with the announcement that Blackburn and Geordie defender, 27 year-old Zurab Khizanishvili, will come on a three-month loan deal. Zurab can also play at full-back.
We would have liked at least 3 more signings since the squad is still woefully short in numbers, but the quality seems to be there, and a lot of the youngsters will be that much better by the end of this season as well.
Now we need to bring in another striker to alleviate the absence of Shola Ameobi who is out until December, after some of the best play of his career in the early games, where he scored 5 goals and won CCC Player Of The Month for August.
We had reported yesterday that Newcastle were said to be pursuing James Vaughan, 21 of Everton, but today the Journal is reporting it’s almost a done deal to bring in 30 year-old Marlon Harewood from Aston Villa.
The big striker has only recently returned to full training after a foot injury, and is said to be very keen to come to Tyneside, but he has been told he must be in a physical condition to play before Hughton will give him a three-month contract.
The former Nottingham Forest and West Ham forward has not been able to get games at Villa, but has been a regular goalscorer at Championship level. And he will also add some much-needed pace to the Newcastle side.
20 year-old Andy Carroll is a good developing player, but not fast, as young Nile Ranger showed in the last 8 minutes or so at Blackpool. Nile is so good, this boy could be a starter by season’s end – although the club is unwilling to push him too quickly, and that’s only sensible.
We’ve never thought too much of Marlon, but if he’s to be brought in only to cover for Shola Ameobi,we suppose that’s not too bad a deal, as long as he is f it and puts the games in.
The last thing we want to do this season is a sign a loan player, who’s injured, when he was brought in to cover for one of our regulars, who is long term injured.
That’s one of the many mistakes the club made last season when we paid heaven knows what for Uruguayan Nacho Gonzales over the full season and the player made two short substitute appearances.
Hughton talked today of Marlon’s pending loan deal:
“When there is something confirmed we will announce it but, as yet, there is nothing we can add to that.” “Yes, we are interested and he is one of numerous names we have mentioned, but there is nothing more I can say at this stage.”
“We are still working on things and Marlon is one of the players we have spoken about.” “As with all of these things, it is all about timing and if it happens we’ll make sure people know about it.”
We’ll await more signings, but tomorrow is a vital game and the players can show us what they’re made of against Plymouth. A good win is what the Newcastle fans need, over the bottom placed team.
Too many memories came flooding back after we lost to Blackpool, because we had out fill of humiliation for this club last season.
The lads have to show the pride and passion for the club tomorrow, and send the Newcastle fans away happy, with all 3 points, and anything less will be unacceptable.