Yes, we know we are jumping the gun a little bit – but if the lads do capture promotion in May, then the summer will be an important period to strengthen the Newcastle squad, so we are not in a relegation battle next season – which is the very last thing we want.
Chris Hughton – who will he go after in the summer?
And we have to think that Chris and Colin already have their targets identified for the summer. They certainly had them well identified in January – to their credit – and the result was we had a very good transfer window.
We don’t think there will be too much money to spend – we’d like to think there would be around £20M made available by owner Mike Ashley, but with some savvy buys maybe we don’t need that much.
One source of players will be whoever the three clubs who are relegated are.
If Sunderland are one of them maybe we could take Matthew Kilgallon off their hands, but we probably don’t need another center-back – unless the club decides to cash in on Fabricio Coloccini to get his massive wage bill off the books – but that would be a big mistake.
Portsmouth seem to be in no better shape than they were and it will probably now take a miracle top save them this season.
With 26 games played and only 12 left to play, Portsmouth are on just 16 points, 8 points behind 4th bottom Hull City.
It was interesting there was a report yesterday that Chris may be interested in out-of-favor midfielder Jason Koumas on a loan move, but Chris denied that yesterday.
However maybe Jason could become a target in the summer, as could Chelsea left full-0back Patrick van Aanholt, who seems to have a great future in the game.
We also believe Newcastle amy still bring in another striker if they get promoted – and maybe they will continue their pursuit of Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford, who will be a free agent this summer.
If that happens look to Newcastle to unload one of their current strikers, and the likely one would be local lad Shola Ameobi.
But if we can keep the current squad together we would need to add at least a full back, a creative midfielder, a winger and a striker to the squad.
But these would also need to be PL class players of course.
If we do get promoted it will be so interesting in the summer to see who Chris brings into the squad – as it will not be as easy as in January, where basically the club appeared to pursue the best Championship players.
And in the nightmare scenario that we don’t get promoted – life will go on (for some) – and Newcastle will still need to strengthen the squad this summer.
What do you think?
Who are some good targets for Newcastle this – assuming we do get promoted.
Comments always welcome.