So Far So Good With Signings At Newcastle

While Chris Hughton has only made three signings this season, but  all three have been very good.

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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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • najikhin86

    Sep 18, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    why everyone keep saying ‘fooldj’?

  • Dragonera

    Sep 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Will be a good acquisition. Also, I’,m sure everyone would like a pacey, creative midfielder to come in on loan. Carlos Vela of Arsenal?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 18, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    i would love vela of arsenal, but i have heard wenger has said he has to make his impression in the arsenal side or he could be off at the end of the year, so i imagine that basically rules out a move to us. id be v.happy with harewood but would have preferred kamara

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Sep 18, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Michael Ball on a free would cover Jose Enrique and a pacey winger would make me feel a whole load more secure – someone like Scott Sinclair but I think he’s on loan somewhere at the moment

  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Sep 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Or Wayne Routledge

  • G

    Sep 18, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t, nor have I ever rated Harewood. Vela is an interesting name to throw into the mix. Also from what I have seen of Junior Hoilett at B/Burn I think he could be an interesting loan, presuming fat Sam is willing to let him go on loan, given how short of striking options they are. We could really do with somebody in thier mid to late 20’s tho who isnt getting a regular game and can do a job in this division.

  • G

    Sep 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Vaughn has signed for Derby… damn

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 18, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    So far so good?! How come?

    Simpson is a decent defender, of that we can agree. Lovenkrands is far from match fit, and Zura was never a great defender.

    I would say Toon has gotten themselves one good player and some average joe’s. This is not “so far so good” in my book.

  • Mags

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I am trying not to be too judgemental as regards which loan players we get in. However, I am not at all impressed with the thoughts of Harewood (beggars can’t be chosers springs to mind) and I would have much preferred Kamara.

    Why could we not have made Kamara’s loan ‘conditional’ in our sale of Duff, or is that to much of a forward planning process for the abysmal powers that be currently resident at Barrack Road?

    Working on the assumption that we do actually get a striker of some description on loan, we still need someone with pace on the wing and an attacking central midfielder.

    But, I am not holding my breath.


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