Newcastle Look So Much More Together These Days

Maybe it’s just us, but the Newcastle club seems to have their act together a lot better these days.

Newcastle in good hands with Calderwood and Hughton

Take the news on Sunday that Newcastle may be interested In bringing in Jamie O’Hara on loan from debt stricken Portsmouth, and news in the Sunday Mirror that Newcastle may be targeting Hull City’s Kamil Zayatte.

Both these players would strengthen the current Newcastle squad and could be brought in for not too much in transfer fees.

We have to think that Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood already have their targets identified to Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley  for the summer, should all go well in the final 13 games, and the club indeed gets promotion.

It’s seems a very long way from the disillusionment that impacted the club so profoundly after our terrible relegation last May, when many of the players at that time, didn’t seem to care less about the club or its great history.

That’s hardly true this season, with the squad made up of players who want to be at Newcastle, and who even resisted being transferred so they could get Newcastle back to where they belong.

Local lad Steven Taylor and new captain Alan Smith come to mind as just two players who pleaded with the club not to be sold.

Some  even profess to preferring the weather in Newcastle to that of Spain. 😀

It’s far too early to give out platitudes yet, but if the lads do manage promotion this season, we expect the summer transfer window to be another good one for Newcastle, following January’s successful acquisitions.

Not because we sign mediocre players for huge transfer fees and ridiculous wages, but that we bring in some decent players at decent prices, and players who actually want to come to Tyneside.

That’s a million miles away from what happened during the last few years at the famous Tyneside club, but we think it’s exactly what Newcastle fans want to see right now.

If the 11 players on the field representing Newcastle give their all for the club, then they’ll not get much criticism from the Geordie fans, that’s for sure.

Take players like Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique, Mike Williamson, Kevin Nolan and Wayne Routledge as just five examples.

Not only are these lads good players, but they will give their all in every game for the Magpies – something that’s been missing far too long on Tyneside by players representing the club who were just grossly overpaid.

No, we think that if the lads can indeed get promotion this May, we’ll have another more than decent transfer window this summer, and end up with an improved squad – who should hopefully be able to hold their own next season.

And for next season, that’s all we ask – just to keep away from any relegation fears and hopefully finish around mid-table.

That would be success come next summer – and the club can build from there.

But after the excesses of the last several years at Newcastle, we only want players who want to come to Tyneside, and be part of the great history of Newcastle United.

We think we’ll get more of those players during the summer months.

Comments very welcome.

16 comments so far

  • yorkshire toon

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Here here well said ED totally agree , lets asume where in the 1st year of a 5 year plan would be great to see us competing in 3 to 4 yrs time for europa league with are very own talent that have come through the ranks and abroad that want to wear the toon shirt with pride .

    What a refreshing change from all the over paid wasters we have had here over the last few years glad to see the back of them all and start again


  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Seven more wins and we should stop looking around for cheap and cheerful journeymen and start some serious strategic buying of quality professionals for key positions. An average player in the Fizzy is a liability in the Prem up against Rooney, Asrhavin, Milner et al.

    The cull of the average squad players needs to be ruthless in the summer, regardless of how much they live and breathe NUFC. Butt is supposedly retiring, others need to be helped on their way by other means….

    Remember, we just about beat Watford yesterday with this team, that is not exactly going to strike terror into the hearts of any team above Hull City in the Prem (if they are still there next term).

    We need to be very careful not to confuse convenient club loyalty with Premiership ability, as a lot of the current badge thumping brigade will be found out against more fleet of foot opposition and simply end up as a drain on resources with 3 year contacts playing in the reserves waiting for a free to Notts County.

    Think now! Think quality! It’s a lot cheaper in the long run…. I agree, no more Owens – but likewise no more Pancakes either…

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure i’d trust Hughton to make the signings in the Premiership though.

  • Derek The Bingo Caller Llambias

    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #4

    The club is indeed doing the right thing investing in youth and bringing young talent from Britain and overseas into the pool alongside local youngsters.

    However is it working?

    Two years ago Olle Soderberg, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Fabio Zamblera and Wesley Ngo Baheng were brought in as five exciting teenagers all tipped to have a big impact on Tyneside.

    We’ve seen hide nor hair of Soderberg or Baheng in the first team with the latter potentially being released this summer. Tozer has had one or two games while Zamblera is back in Italy having been deemed a flop. That leaves Kadar as the only one of the quintet to actually be a regular member of the matchday squad.

    I think we need to loan more players out. OK we’ve loaned Forster, Krul, Carroll and Lua Lua out in the last few years but more need to follow – Tozer, Baheng, Soderberg, Donaldson, Airey, Inman, Lough, Morris to name but a few.

    These kids need experience in the lower leagues. Look at what Manchester United do with their kids.

  • MacToon

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Only 13 more games, yikes first time I got nervous thinking about promotion, suppose it’s cos we’re getting closer.

    4 or 5 of the right players signed this summer (easier said than done) get rid of Butt and Smith (free up even more wages) and anyone else who WANTS to leave and we might be ok.

    It’d be like starting over from afresh in a way, all we have to be is competetive on the pitch and we’re laughing!

    We may need one or two bigger signings, a forward (atleast, maybe our new no.9) and a creative playmaking mf’er come to mind.

  • TheShadow

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree with you Ed and yorkshire toon it would be briliant to see young promising talent takes all the way but we need some others players that will fit into this wage cap and age limit?
    What about:
    Fraser Fyvie-AberdeenFc Great Young Talent: 16
    Freddy Adu-Benfica Promising Star: 20
    Jose Ernesto Sosa-Estudiantes Fab prospect: 24
    Moussa Sissoko-Toulouse Good Prospect: 20
    Michael Johnson-Man City Brilliant player:22
    Miguel Veloso-Sporting L Good All Rounder: 23
    Kevin-Prince Boateng-Portsmouth Fine Player:22
    Giovani Dos Santos-Tottenham Great Prospect:20
    Macauley Chrisantus-Hamburg Good Striker:19
    Adel Taarabt-Tottenham Good Talent:20
    You see there is alot of talent out there to be brought into our club for a nominal fee and they all have great prospects

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #7

    It seems alot of fans are sick of the marquee signings and to a certain extent i agree. But the one area we are still struggling in is the forward area.

    In the PL you need a striker who will score goals or you will find it very difficult.

    Shola is not trustworthy, hes regularly unfit and his past record in the PL is not great.
    Lovenkrands deserves his chance and is fast becoming a favourite of mine, mainly because he offers something different from the others.
    Carroll, is a big, big hope of mine and i would love to seem him succeed. Not a 20 plus goal a season man though.
    Best, big doubts. Was disappointed in the ‘panic’ signing and although i hope i’m wrong, i believe he will become another misfit, like the Kitsons of the past.
    Ranger, still too young and very, very exciting!

    Next season:

    Carroll and a N.o 9
    Subs: Lovenkrands, Shola, Ranger

    P.s Beckford IS worth a punt, proved already when giving the stage he’ll score on it!

  • baro

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #8


    You said bring in players that want to come to Newcastle. Well what about those Norwegians?
    Skjelbred, Headstead, Huseklupp?

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 28, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Baro, I’m Norwegian so I guess I can tell you about the quality of those players.

    Skjelbred, he’s been looked upon as one of the brightest talents in europe since he was about 17. He was great last season, and would be available for around £ 4m. He’s an attacking midfielder, who works really really hard. He probably runs around 9-13k meters every game, which is very good. Most importantly he is a Newcastle fan, and he would bleed for his shirt. He will get champions league football next year. As for weekly payments i’m not completely sure. £ 10 – 30k should be enough. So our wage cap should be fine. 🙂

    Hedenstad: Also a very good prospect. Did really well last year when he got alot of games.
    looks a professional, and should be available at around £ 2m.

    Huseklepp: Had a really good season this year, and was definately his teams best performer. Got bags of goals and assists. But I would like to add that Tippeligaen’s top-scorer was Rade Prica, an ex-sunderland player who barely got a few minutes for the mackems.

    Would cost at least £ 4m.

  • Sav

    Mar 1, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Have to agree with Cap’n Beefheart here. We need to be scouting better quality now. Those we buy from here on need to be BETTER than what most of the lower half of the Prem have got, because in some other areas, we are going to be making do with middle-of-the-road players. New signings will have to want to play AND be a bit special to bring us up, overall, to decent Prem ability. It won’t be easy to get them at a price Ashley will afford. But the prospect of a regular first-team spot has to be our carrot to attract ambitious young players choosing between us and the likes of Villa and Spurs.

    Q. If Steven Taylor is fit and Williamson still playing well, should Taylor take over at RB and move Simpson to Right midfield?

  • baro

    Mar 1, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #11


    Never ever. Simpson can’t play the right mid at all.But S.Taylor can take right back as he did some premier league games.

    Take a look at Ramseys injury by Ryan Shawcross, wasn’t really Shawcrosses fault. Went for ball but i don’t know.

  • BruneiToooN

    Mar 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #12

    in less than 2 mths time, we will be gain automatic promotion to the BPL.

    we been through high and lows, last season was the lowest of all when we all get relegate. but the good thing about championship football is:

    1) get rid of high earners which play only for the money

    2) get players who really want to play football e.g simpson

    3) Starting from scratch. good example man utd before being relegated and then from that onwards go up and up.

    4) As a lesson for us (next season onwards)

    5) Other than that, enjoy the last remaining 13 games, maybe this is the last time we will play in the championship. Howay the Lads!!!

  • tdt

    Mar 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Current squad when fully fit:


    Subs: Krul, Kadar, R.Taylor, (2 of the above central midfielders), Best and Ranger.

    That doesnt include all the other youngsters that we have, and any good new signing we’ll hopefully make in the summer. Decent squad like, once everyones fit.

  • Archie Mag

    Mar 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Its going to be a tough one when Taylor is fit again, Williamson has been playing well and Stevie may not even get much of a pre-season.

    Do we start him over Mike as hes a bigger name here? Or do we bench Simpson and play Taylor essentially out of position to accomodate him?

    All decisions Hughton is going to face but i’d like to think he’ll do whats best for the team and not feel pressured into playing players for the sake of it.

  • boater

    Mar 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Archie Mag – you rotate, something which CH has done very well this season, not just in terms of performances but also keeping the squad together and happy. Bearing in mind S Taylor may yet establish himself in the RB position anyway.

    Good call – singapore Mag – chung yong lee from Bolton would be a decent addition – young, creative and full of running.

    I agree that future success (in this league or wherever) should be based on a strong, organised team ethic – and that requires having players like nolan and smith to galvanise everyone – take them out and you have individual performers again with no leadership.
    Yes a top goalscorer would be nice but then Everton’s top scorer is on 5 this season so there is something to be said for spreading the goals around – actually more realistic given the way CH has the team playing anyway. someone like Bellamy would be the perfect foil for Carroll/shola/best next season – damn and blast Moses didn’t join us.. let’s hope wigan get relegated too.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 1, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Jeeezzzz there are a load of mugs that comment on this blog, maybe I am one of them but I like to think not. What is this obsession with signing “quality professionals” in other words big names, which invariably come with big wage demands?

    Why must we have a ruthless cull in the summer?

    The players we have may handle themselves very well in the prem and give us something sound to build on, I agree we do need to strengthen some areas of the team but I think the idea of a serious cull as you suggest means a whole load of new faces and then the battle to get them playing together like the team we currently have.

    The team we currently have needs tweaks and a bit of tuning not wholesale changes as some of you suggest. Look at Villa and you will see just what can be done without huge spending as you are suggesting, look at their squad and there are very few big names, and there are a few that have become names for Villa this season.

    We have been down the road of buying “quality players” with big wages and little desire and look where that got us, now is the time for looking for players with a hunger to play the game and give them the chance at playing on the big stage, this is the time for slow building NOT serious culling.

    By the way beefheart to quote you “Remember, we just about beat Watford yesterday with this team” just about means did not succeed, whereas we did beat Watford and by all accounts it was quite a comfortable win, the general consensus was we were never really pushed and took the foot of the accelerator, so what do you mean by just about???


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