Hughton Keen To Strengthen Squad In January

Chris is likely to be appointed permanent manager at Newcastle some time today, and he has come out today and said he is very keen to strengthen the squad in January.

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Chris Hughton – very keen to strenghten Newcastle squad

Chris explained this morning:

“I don’t think we can allow ourselves to go past January and miss out on opportunities to make this squad as strong as we can for the second half of the season.”

“Whether it will just be loan signings I don’t know. That’s something we’ll look at as we go along. At this moment we’re looking at loan signings.”

“But what I will find out is if there’s money to spend in that January window. That will be dictated by the circumstances over the next few weeks.”

The size and quality  of  the Newcastle squad has been brutally exposed with the loss of both first-choice center-backs Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor, which meant Danny Simpson had to switch to the middle of the defence rather than at right-back.

That unsettled the defense and we’d much rather have seen 19 year-old Tamas Kadar just slot in at center-back – after all the lads looks a more than decent player, and played well in pre-season – and he’s just waiting for his chance.

Coloccini will return from a groin strain against Doncaster Rovers today, and we’re hoping the Argentine International will slot right back in and maybe we can keep a clean sheet this afternoon.

Steven Taylor could hopefully be back in time for the trip to Sheffield United, and this lad has been a big miss, there’s no doubt about that.

Hughton continued:

“Up until now we’ve coped well with the squad. We had a problem at center-half and I think the options were always, once you have a problem, do you address that bringing by in a loan signing. You don’t want to bring in a loan unless you can guarantee them a good number of games.”

“Sometimes you don’t want too many players in one position because you can only play one at a time. It’s always something you’re evaluating and it’s something you might get wrong because an injury gets thrown in when you’re least expecting it.”

“Center-back is an area we’ve been short in the last couple of games, but when I’m asked if we need to strengthen there the answer is probably no because we’ve got Coloccini back on Saturday and Steven Taylor looking at the next game after that against Sheffield United.”

If we can hang onto Khizanishvili and Simpson through the end of the season, and bring in say four new players, we should have a big enough squad to go all out for promotion in the second half of the season.

We just have to hope that by the time January rolls around, we are still in one of the automatic promotion spots.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    1st…yh so apparently Ashley is a decent guy!! :S

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    This whole situation is doing my head in, a couple of loan signings in January?
    The plan as i see it is to gain promotion with a cobbled together team, but then what?
    The pain of going back up and then relegation in the same season would be unbearable but thats what will happen with this squad under the current regime so what is the point?
    I am at the stage now where i can see no benefit in promotion and would accept administration if it meant getting rid of Ashley as there is nothing at all to look forward to except grief under his ownership.
    Enough is enough, the whole club is a sham, from top to bottom, i had a ticket for today but have given it away, we are back to the Ardiles/McGarry days and i cant go through that again.

  • chuck

    Oct 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Missed opportunities, could have got Kilgallon earlier for probably less than 3m.
    Being chased by some big clubs now ,with an asking price of over 4m.
    Dont expect Ashley to spend, would be nice to find another Bassong or N`Zogbia though.
    Probanly end up with more loans.

  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Amen, Bigbadbob. I think exactly the same. Alright, we have little spare cash and we need to do whatever you have to do to get out of this godforsaken division. But if we aren’t also looking to make some kind if preparations for IF we gat promoted – if we aren’t trying to play some decent football and bring through and acquire some youngsters with talent in ayear when we can offer great first team experience – if we are just going to give rehab to the likes of Harewood, then what is the point?

    We aren’t going to buy and integrate a whole new team between June and August. Promotion followed by a season of embarrassment would be too much.


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