Newcastle Squad Strengthening In Summer So Important


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.



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39 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #1

    It will be vital, not only buying some real quality but we’ll need more options too, for example Jonas is our only real choice on the left.

    IF Barton can keep fit and stays and produces in mf then that will be a big position filled however I’m not gonna hold my breath.

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  • Doocey

    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #2

    If he’s manager then I imagine he’ll be in the market very quickly indeed.

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  • themart

    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d go for Kevin Prince-Boateng from Pompey.

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  • Colombus

    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    We need a strong and hyperfast forward to complete our attack. Loic Remy would be absolutely brilliant for this purpose but I think colombian forward Montano also would fit perfectly. Check them out!

    Pick: Either one would be awsome

    At midfield I have 4 names , Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse)! Brilliant young player on the way up, and he also scores a lot of goals from his position. Kevin Prince Boateng has developed a lot during last year and is a player who has the right ability. Stephane Sessegnon is quite similar to Boateng. As a creative midfielder/winger Jose Ernesto Sosa. (Sosa is a Bayern player, but is right now out on loan at estudiantes.) The Argentinian has great versatile ability and can also be used at either wing. Since we already have two great argentinians why not bring in a third!?

    Pick: Sosa and Sissoko

    Defense: Maybe find a new Bassong huh? 😉 Open to suggestions. Zayatte at Hull might be a good aqusition. Etienne Capoue at Toulouse is a star in the making, Mamadou Sakho is also an exciting name!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    A creative midfield player would be my number 1 target, with a premier class forward sell Ameobi & Best. Carol, Ranger & Lovenkrands plus a top forward should be enough to keep us up (if we get promoted)

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  • Darling27

    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Top quality midfielder would be top of the list for me.

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  • Darling27

    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #7

    O’Hara to replace Butt maybe

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  • thud and blunder

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Colombus…you dont happen to play Football Manager do you? they all seem to be players I find when playing that game

    Anyways we defo need a creative attacking midfielder, a small pacey striker and a left back.

    Still not sure about Simpson’s ability in the Premier League or wether Nolan/Smith will be good enough next season.

    Id buy these players:

    Skjelbred £4m
    Carlos Vela – £6m or loan for season(he will need to start playing games which he isnt getting at Arsenal)
    Belhadj – £2m (decent left back, pacey and can play left wing too, get him quite cheap if pompey go down)
    Gary Cahill – £7m (excellent CB in a poor team)
    Jamie O’Hara – £3m or loan (look very good on the ball in CM)

    Get shot of Butt, Ameobi, Pancrate, maybe even Nolan….

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    lets get back to reality. this squad we have are no where good enough to compete in the prem, £20m should be enough to strengthen the squad,? ? not to stay in the prem it wont,are all these great players we are going to get going to accept max£15,ooo a week for playing in the prem,would you if you were a “QUALITY” player playing in the prem? no doubt somebody will come, there are plenty c..p players who would jump at the chance to come here,but are they the ones to keep us up????????

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  • Smithy

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #10

    just to let you know watford game is live on myp2p on saturday

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    There are some really poor teams in the premiership this season and hopefully its the same next season as well.

    We need to strenghten but really we should look to buy established solid prem players and aim for 17th. Players like Matty Taylor for example.

    Look at Birmingham, they have a really crap team on paper, but they are top half and literally safe. Also Villa have never really spend big overseas but brought solid prem players steadily over a number of seasons.

    Our centre midfield area needs strengthening but if Guthrie can kick on to the next level (as hes only 22) and Barton comes back and returns to form then we have got two real options. Michael Johnson wont really be getting many games at city…would be a real option.

    I cant see Ashley being complacent in the summer and i think he will have to put back the repaying of his 25million loan. 5 players worth 4-5 million spent wisely could do it.

    Also the free agents that will be about..Kris Boyd?, Beckford?…theres always some real gems that we always seem to miss out on.

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  • chuck

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    What makes you think Shola will be moved, he`s a much better player than Beckford.
    And if you expect MA to put up 20m. to reinforce the side, you are an optomist.
    Chelsea are not about to sell us Van Aanholt, so you can forget about that.
    Colo. just happens to be one of our most solid CD`s at this time, dont expect to see him leave.
    As for Kilgallon forget it, he`s a S`Land. player now, we had our shot but he did`nt want to come and the big guy from Pompey is filling in o`kay.
    What makes you say we need a winger, we got Jonas and Routledge, not a bad combination
    and both genuine wingers.
    Sure we can use a playmaking (Beardsley type) inside forward and an engine room (Roy Keane type) counterpart .
    But who are we gonna get for nowt ?
    I`m sure there`s going to be speculation, with big names Sissoko, O`Hara, just like when we expected the Turkish kid and the Croatian @ spurs, hey aint gonna happen, unless there`s a fire sale at Portsmouth.

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  • hutchylegend

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    lavezzi from napoli we got linked with “tank” in january class act cf creative scores goals quick have a look on utube had me drooling like .also a would love oba back like he is explosive ,robbie keane cud be available he would be great scoring creating plenty of goals we defo need a bit flair thro the middle as nolan guthrie all very similar so one who cud do the dyer on his day role running the box to box maybe dorrans think is guna be world class like any more ideas

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  • hutchylegend

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #14

    a think leon best was bit panic buy he is really poor like heard we paid between 600k and 2m anyone no how much

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  • BeeGuy

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Here is what mgt. is doing now. They are comparing the NUFC roster position by position to what other teams have, and ranking them all. The question is “how good is our guy compared to his 18 counterparts in the PL?” If someone comes available, can we afford him and upgrade over our current man? If NUFC buys, how long will that lad hold his spot? Will the new guy have the demeanor CH likes? There has to be a good deal of speculation going on as some of the NUFC roster has no PL history. The issue of buying players from relegated teams needs to be done with care so NUFC does not end up with some shell-shocked burnouts, thought there should be some gems out there who will revive and thrive in a better environment. Also, can NUFC get quality scouting in other parts of the world to find talent for next year? No one in the Toon Army wants another South American scouts fiasco. This is a huge task, and there must be lots of midnight oil burning to be prepared for a PL promo.
    I for one, would like to see, NUFC snoop about the USA MLS and find some off-season help like Everton has with Landon Donovan. And if it works out, sign the lad.
    My other hope is that anyone who comes in plays with confidence. I’m sick of seeing players tiptoeing around afraid to challenge anyone on a big 4 roster. And that goes for coaching, too. That “sit back & hope for a tie” mentality always backfires, get the lads into the game and earn some respect!

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  • G

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Have to agree with Chuck here, but from what I have seen of Beckford, we may as well stick with Shola. In terms of who we should sign I think that a 20M budget may be out of reach, and that we should deffo be looking at a squad for consolidating our position in the top flight, rather than competing directly. We need a squad of grafters rather than primadonnas and we should be looking at the ‘famous 5 year plan’ approach to football, and not looking for instant success. Lets go at this slowly and not end up the financial cack!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Chuk- Turkish kid= Arda Turan 😉

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  • pearceet

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #18

    I hate to say it but I think that you are al going to be very disappointed at how much money Ashley pumps into the club for transfers. I feel we will be incredibly lucky to get £20m, I think it will be more like £10m. Last year we were struggling in January and relegation was a distinct possibility. What does Ashley do? Buy players to keep us up? No he sells arguably our best player and buys people with the money from the Given sale. I unfortunately feel that this summer will be the same as usual, limited money and also Coloccini will leave to look for international football as it looks like he will not be going to SA.

    P.S Does anyone know how Xisco is doing on loan???

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Columbus spot on mate, have you been researching your youth prodigys or something.
    Another few for you.
    Creative Midfielder:
    Mesut Ozil- 21 – 6-10million – can be used as a winger or striker.
    Yoann Gourcuff- 20 – played at AC Milan – 6-10 million.
    Those are two quite pricy options. We could go for some experience and someone that has performed in the Premiership before, say:
    Jamie O’Hara – replace Butt – 6million
    Gary Oneil – he wont want to stay at Borough surely – 5 million

    We should be able to get one of those players, and i can also see us possibly getting Beckford, as he is out of contract in the summer. I think we need one more Premiership standard striker in the team. Here are my few:
    Carlton Cole – Depending on Hammers situation – 5-8 million.
    Benjani- although quite old – no more than 1million, possibly free.
    Bellamy- 8 million – If he will come.

    Finally I think we need one more solid centre back. To play alongside Colo.
    Jody Craddock – performs week in week out – 5 million max.
    Gary Cahill – Top possibility – 8 million.
    Christopher Samba – 8 million max
    Michael Dawson – Look how many defenders Spurs have got surely we can nip in and have one – 5 million.

    Hopefully we will get one of these players or players similar. Sissoko and Sessegnon are a good call as is Skjelbred. Also we should pick up some relegation scraps and possibly take Ebanks-Blake of Wolves’ hands. Pompey haven’t got much aside from Belhadj. Hopefully Westham will go down but thats highly unlikely. Then again Newcastle relegation was highly unlikey lets just hope eh.

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  • nightfa11

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #20

    van anhot, cahill, johnson, skjalebred and as for striker…derbyshire? lavezzi? adriano?

    out: butt, smith, xisco (i’d like to see him given a chance but i dont think it will happen) barton, best, shola, perhaps even harper.

    GK: krull, foster
    LB: enrique, van anholt
    RB: Taylors
    CB: colo, williams, cahill, kadar
    RM: routlidge, lualua, (taylor)
    LM: jonas, vuckic, (lualua)
    CM: guthrie, nolan, skjaelbred, johnson
    ST: carroll, ranger, loven, 1 proven striker (derbyshire, lavezzi, adriano, etc.)

    at the moment that’s what i’d do…but we wont know till summer who else might get avalible..so…let’s just wait & see 🙂

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  • nightfa11

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    BASSKING-FUSE – i’d love to see gourcuff here…he’s already is one of the best AM..& will only get better….but every team will want him this summer…last year he was the best player in FL…he’s the engine of bordeaux…& if they decide to sell him they’ll want at least 20 mio for him.. so i dont think we have a chance..:)

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  • ozzie mag

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #22

    I liked the look of Darren Pratley of Swansea he is a big lad makes great runs in to the box & gets on the end of most things, might struggle early on in the premier league but would turn out to be a good goalscoring midfield player & much more mobile than Nolan

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d love to see Van Aanholt here but I doubt it will happen. Hes a star

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Nightfall
    He is valued at 8-12 million, but i understand your point. Many clubs will be after him and hardly any players will be wanting to join a newly promoted side with a dodgy chairman. What im saying is we really need some prem quality.

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  • BECKS

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #25

    top priority in summer is a new owner then we’ll think of getting players in.

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  • BECKS

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #26

    i would really be happy if we signed van aanholt. cant see it tho because chelsea really rate him

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  • nightfa11

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #27

    van aanholt would be a great buy..but priority is improving starting XI..

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  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 25, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #28

    @themart

    Kevin Prince-Boateng?

    Didnt you read the article about him today. Split up with his partner and consoled himself by buying 5 top of the range cars 130 baseball caps and loads of shoes.

    Last thing we need is playboy footballers again.

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  • baro

    Feb 25, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Bassking-Fuse

    U really are funny. Mesut Ozil and Yoann Gorcuff 6-10 million each???? U wished. They are way more than that. World class players. They are good players, wouldn’t be let go for that cheap.

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  • Ericles

    Feb 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Dreamtime is it again? None of this will happen if Ashley does not sell. We need some promising quality players with skill, craft and intelligence to keep the ball on the ground and pass the thing anyway! Trouble is the likes of Beardsley etc are not around for the stale peanuts at the bottom of Ashley’s jean pockets. I reckon Skjelbred and we really do need someone worthy of the number 9 shirt. Anholt will see his future with Chelsea obviously. Apart from that – despite his qualities has Hughton got the imagination for the Premiership and the balls to go up against the man without a birth certificate? Oh for some more Rob Lee’s, Beresford’s, etc etc.

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  • Trent Toon

    Feb 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #31

    I agree with ed.

    We need 3-4 PL qualtiy players

    I have some suggestions to what player should come and depart.

    Departures:

    -Nicky Butt
    (too old, slow, no future at the club)

    -Shola Ameobi
    (We now know at what level he is best at, and thats not PL)

    -Fabrice Pancrate
    (Well good goal but i can’t see him scoring any of those against top qualtiy defences)

    -Joey Barton
    (Never plays, always injured or banned, wages are way too big)

    -Kazenga Lua Lua
    (He needs first team chances and he is not getting that, let the kid go into his futre)

    -Xisco
    (Well personally i believe he can do the job and become a quality player, however he is not getting first team chances which is bad for his career, also paid a bit too much.)

    Incomings:

    -Lucas Biglia (Midfielder, Anderlect)(Argentina)
    He is a player often compared to Andrea Pirlo due to the way he plays the game. Biglia has a good passing range, high positional sense and a calm head.[3] The reason he chose Anderlecht instead of one of the bigger European teams is that he wanted a team that guarantees him first team football. He could also feel like home with such players like Colo and jonas who are both argentines just like biglia.

    -Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Attacking Mid, Rosenburg)(Norway)
    A newcastle fan, would be a fairly cheap buy too. The guys got heart. Why not?

    -Craig Bellamy (Winger, Man city)(Welsh)
    Although not a cheap buy, Bellamy has much premier league experience and is quick and well proven at this level, hence the reason why man city signed him.

    OR

    Angel Di maria (Winger, Benfica)(Argentina)
    Tipped as the next Argentine superstar, he will fit in well with jonas and colo. He will not be cheap and would require a big fee of 15 million pounds. If we did sign him he would be the super star signing of the summer. A great thought but i feel he is a little of our range.

    -Grafite (Striker Wolfsburg)(Brazilian)
    He can score goals thats for sure, him and Edin Dzeko up front are deadly. He is now 30 years old which brings good experience. Probably a touch expensive but i feel a decent signing. his goal record is 44 goals in 67 games for wolfsburg.

    Other possibles

    -Johan Elmander (Bolton, Striker)

    -Kenwyne jones (Sunderland, striker) only if relegated

    -Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham, Midfielder) Would be a great signing!

    -Yoaan Gorcouff (Bordeaux, Striker/Attacking Mid) Fantastic Signing

    -Stephane Sessesgon (PSG, Winger, Benin)

    -Florent Malounda (Chelsea, Winger)
    Scoring lots

    -Darren Bent (sunderland, strikers) Only if relegated

    -Robbie Keane (Tottenham, striker) but highliy doubt it

    -Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria, Striker) Simple Amazing!!

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  • Trent Toon

    Feb 25, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Oh and one more thing, is it true that oba is 32 and lied about his age?

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  • NOVA2967

    Feb 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Hunt was said to be availiable and would bring loads of intensity and another option on the left or behind the strikers.

    Boatang Or O’hara I have been hearing but they cant be that good considering what is happening at the club. Maybe a consideration tho.

    Carlton Cole would be more than welcome. We are going to need a quality striker for the premiership and maybe even two.

    David Dunn I think is a free agent and would be a great addition.

    Sturridge on-loan to start the season as I dont think Loven and Carroll are good enough

    Scharner

    Figueroa

    for starters

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  • Ericles

    Feb 25, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #34

    I think a good look across the water at players in the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish leagues may be worth a go. Any suggestions? How about looking north? We could demand the return of Lothian to Northumberland and scout talent up and coming in the Scottish leagues – there must be some. Always used to be. Anybody know of any quality in Wales – there must be an Ivor Allchurch or two down there somewere?. We will have too many tired legs in the Premier with the present squad lads.

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  • chuck

    Feb 25, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Trent toon
    Surely you cant be serious, after all each of the players you mentioned would exceed our entire transfer budget, get real and that goes for all you fantasy football kids.
    We heard this garbage before and it only results in dissapointment for those foolish enough to take it serious.
    Suggest most of you stick to fantasy football.

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Feb 25, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Trent Toon
    Cassano Grafite… Out of the question, Cassano could be at a big four club or at least in the top 6. At Newcastle we cant guarantee that. As for Grafite. Have you seen his form at Wolfsburg and his scoring record. Why would he want to join an uncertain club with a dodgy chairman. I would settle for Carlton Cole depending on what happens to West Ham. If Sunderland go down Jones would be perfect, he is strong and has performed at the top level. Only problem is hes a Mackem

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  • Trent Toon

    Feb 25, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #37

    chuck // Feb 25, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Well yes i do agree i am way too optimistic, as it is newcastle. but i dont even play fantasy league haha,

    however

    i beilieve per ciljan skjelbred, kenwyne jones, craig bellamy, john elmander, darren bent, tom huddlestone, and even robbie keane realistic targets.

    listen mate if we never dreamed big we would never get anyone big. We signed alan shearer big, same with owen. (one was amazing and one wasn’t) but nonetheless they both put newcastle on the map worldwide, thats why we had a big fat millionaire buy us anyway. We need a player to put us back on the map!

    So my question to you chuck is, who do you want to sign in the premier league if we get back in?

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  • Sewelly

    Feb 26, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #38

    Are people seriously suggesting the likes of Gourcuff and Cassano here? I’m sorry but that is frankly delusions of the highest order, they’re world class players who would probably laugh at the very notion of signing for us. Not only would they not join a newly promoted Premier League side in a million years but where the hell are we gonna get the £20 million or so it would take to buy a Gourcuff in this market? Utter madness, get real people.

    We need realistic signings here.

    The most important area of the team that needs improving for me is undoubtedly the centre of midfield. It has been our achilles heel for the last 5 years and is the very reason we got relegated. We don’t particularly need a ‘creative’ midfielder or playmaker type – we just need young, mobile midfielders with the ability to pass the ball economically and effectively. Skjelbred would be a very good signing for one, other midfield suggestions from the continent could be Miguel de las Cuevas (Gijon), Mario Suarez (Mallorca) or Blerim Dzemailli (Parma). However it may be more sensible to go for somebody British based eg O’Hara, Ledley, Milijas.

    Obviously I think we’re going to need improvements all over the pitch; we need extra depth in terms of wide players (Huseklepp, Belhadj, Piatti, CY Lee, Moses?) and a striker who is a class above what we have (Keane, Derbyshire, Aduriz ?)

    I don’t think we need to spend too big because there is some real dross in the Premier League, but we’d need to buy wisely and astutely in a few key areas and we should have enough to stay up.

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  • chuck

    Feb 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #39

    You guys been watching too much you tube.
    You can mention like Mickey Toon every up and coming young player in every league known to man and some the ar`nt.
    And give your estimated prices, etc. but it dont mean diddly squat, cause it aint gonna happen.
    So stop wasting your time, there`s not going to be the available funds, probably bring in some more cheapo`s and if things dont look good by next christmas, there will be panick spending , just like this last window.
    Thats how the guy works !

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