It seems that Chris Hughton’s interview in the Newcastle Journal this morning is used to defend his signings in the transfer window just closed.
Chris Hughton – defends his signings
But we think for a Championship side the 4 permanent players we brought in are some of the best playing at this level – and we got good deals on all of them – in fact very good deals.
And there are a number of players in the Premier League now who started off by starring the in Championship – Manchester City’s Jolean Lescott is just one example.
To get good players into the squad you don’t have to pay ridiculous prices like Chelsea and Manchester City do.
And by the way all these top clubs – expect Arsenal – are under piles of debt – Manchester United are in £700M debt, but news yesterday was that £100M will be given to Alex Ferguson for new players – completely ridiculous.
Where did the guys running these clubs get their financial and business educations? And we will not even mention Portsmouth or Crystal Palace.
A good example of a daft buy is Robinho – who looked out of his depth in the Premier League with Manchester City – and if he’s worth £32M then I’m the man in the moon.
Here’s what Chris said today:
“We have got good value for money and I believe the squad is in better shape now,”“It’s a difficult market to operate in. If you want to bring in established strong Premier League players it is going to cost you a lot of money.”
“But I am delighted with what we have done – I have no complaints about the backing I got from the owner.”
“It was not a case of bringing in players who will only do a job for us in the Championship.”
“Wayne Routledge has Premier League experience but Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Leon Best are players we feel can develop at the club.”
“Can they become regular Premier League players? That is up to the individual and how they develop.”
“But they are all a good age and for me, the most important thing is they all have ability and potential to develop into that kind of player.”
“It is up to us as well, of course. We have to coach them right and make sure we use them in the right way, but the most important thing is they have the ability.”
“For me it is more exciting to bring in players where you can see the potential. And of course they are very excited about being at Newcastle, because it is a fantastic club. The chance to establish themselves here is a big motivation.”
“Of course, the most important thing is to get into the Premier League – we have to get there first and these players know this division.”
They are solid buys for a club in the Championship, and should certainly improve our chances of promotion this season – which is job one.
And we expect most of the new players to be able to hold their own in the Premier League and improve their games at Newcastle.
Certainly Williamson, as one example, could be a top player in the PL, if he keeps playing like he has in his first two games on Tyneside, and Routledge has terrific ability and skills.
We are pleased that we have increased the squad by 6 players in January, and don’t forget we also have Joey Barton coming back in a couple of weeks.
We see the glass half full.