Now’s a good time to look and see just how good our squad is (or isn’t), following the closing of the January transfer window.
Colin and Chris have made a difference at Newcastle this season
Most Newcastle fans, from what we can tell, seem quite satisfied with the dealings we made last month.
And while we haven’t seen too much of the new signings, they’ve impressed so far.
It looks like we signed four players, Williamson, Simpson, Routledge and Best for about £3M total.
That’s good business, but the question will be if these players can step up to Premiership for next season, if we indeed get promoted.
Right now, we just don’t know, but it seems the club’s strategy is to sign the best available in the Championship, and maybe hope that some will come through next season.
Our squad is a lot stronger than it was before January came along, that’s for sure.
We signed Fitz Hall on loan through the end of the season, and 19 year-old Dutch U-19 International Patrick van Aanhold from Chelsea, on a month’s loan to step in until Enrique recovers from his hamstring injury.
We wonder aloud if a 2M bid from Newcastle for this player would be accepted by the London club – would they be that daft?
If Fitz Hall looks good at Newcastle through the summer, it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle try to sign the QPR center-back as a squad player. We could get him for a small fee.
Newcastle must get a specialized left-back in to give Jose Enrique some competition (how long have we been saying that?), and he himself has said he would welcome some competition at the club.
Here’s the squad we have right now
Goalkeepers: Harper, Krul, Fraser Forster (on loan at Norwich for the season)
Central defenders: Coloccini Taylor (S) Williamson Hall (loan) Kadar
Full backs: Simpson Taylor (R) Enrique van Aanholt (loan)
Central midfielders: Nolan Smith Barton Guthrie Butt
Wingers: Gutierrez Pancrate Routledge
Strikers: Best Carroll Ameobi Lovenkrands Ranger
We’ve left a lot of our up-and-coming youngsters out of the squad, so we can concentrate on the experienced players, which we’ll need if we make it to the Premier League next year.
The squad looks strong, but we are short at full-back and must bring in a specialized left-back at least, as we’ve already mentioned
If Mike Williamson proves to be as good as he looks initially, it may be Newcastle will play Steven Taylor at right back.
Taylor (S) Coloccini Williamson and Enrique looks quite strong as a Premier League back four.
We expect Nicky Butty to retire in the summer, and we don’t expect Newcastle to give Fabrice Pancrate a new contract.
We also think that 5 strikers is too many, and Newcastle may try to sell one and bring in a new striker.
Ameobi would be the likely one to depart.
With Pancate’s contract not expected to be renewed, we’d need to bring in at least one new winger.
And since we really lack creativity in central midfield, we will need to bring in a good central mid-field play-maker.
So it would appear we need to bring in the following new players:
That’s the very least in signings we would need to make this summer, if we are promoted, and they must be very good players.
Let us know what you think the club should be doing in the summer – and assume we will get promoted – just an assumption at this point.
Comments very welcome.