Chris Hughton has drawn up his January targets, having them all continually scouted , and hopes to bring them in during the January window.
Chris Hughton – will not discuss transfer targets – good
But try to get who they may be – and he will not tell you – a very wise approach by Chris.
We remember almost the opposite mode of operation in the transfer market was taken by former boss Graeme Souness, who seemed to do his bidding in the press, and really cheesed off (that’s the polite way of saying it) the other clubs.
This morning Chris was reluctant to reveal even the areas of the team he wants to improve in January – but our guess would be center-back, full-back, creative midfield, wingers and maybe striker.
Chris talked about what he wanted to talk aboutto the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this morning, and why not :
“There is nothing more to say this week about what is happening off the field.” “We are delighted with back-to-back wins.”
“The fashion of the performances has been pleasing.” “It was not our best performance against Doncaster or at Sheffield United, but the manner in which we won gives us a lift.”
“We were down to 10 men against Doncaster and getting a result at Sheffield United will be difficult for most teams in this division, as it has proven to be over the last few years.”
“We are now back at home and we must make sure we put on a performance that wins us the game.”
Hughton is also boosted by the return of center-back Steven Taylor, who is becoming a big leader at the club and early in the season formed an excellent central defensive partnership with Fabricio Coloccini.
Chris talked about Taylor:
“I am delighted Taylor is back and available. He is important to us.” “We have decisions you want to have to make.”
Taylor and Coloccini looked great early in the season, which is one reason we had 6 clean sheets in our first 9 league games, and why we had another clean sheet on Monday night when Fabricio returned.
Fabricio has played well for Newcastle this season so far, and seems 100% committed to the club.
Maybe that’s because he has a 5 year deal with the club worth about £65K/week – but we are being facetious, and we sincerely hope Fabricio keeps playing well for the Magpies and comes through big time once we get back to the Premiership again.