Newcastle Will Not Sign £20M Players – They’ll Make Them

We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves or carried, but Newcastle this season have shown what team spirit  and togetherness can do, when you also have some good skill in the side.

Chris Hughton – terrific job this season – he deserves high credit

Because the lads won a crucial game last night, and are now certain to be promoted, we can now look ahead to strengthening the squad in the summer and playing again in the Premiership, after just one season in the English second tier.

The squad we have right now is very solid, and we still need to get more quality into the side, and we are already hearing of various targets Chris is looking at, with the help of Chief Scout Graham Carr and assistant manager Colin Calderwood.

We have already heard the club be linked with a number of  potential targets like Jamie O’Hara, Charlie Austin, Jimmy Bullard, Juan Albin and Pablo Hernandez among others, and it will be interesting to see who Newcastle will bring in and who will leave during the summer.

But with a solid squad to build on, the likelihood is good that we’ll have a more than decent squad come next season.

We also have to remember that we’ve only had  half a season out of two of our more obvious Premier League class players like Steven Taylor and Joey Barton.

Add to that the January signings of Danny Simpson, Wayne Routledge and Mike Williamson, all signed for around £3.5M, and these are bargain basement buys for Newcastle United, no doubt about it.

But we’re not expecting to be in the top four next season, and in fact if the lads can get into the top 12, which we are capable of, then it will be a very successful first season back in the Premier League.

There’s also a lot of upside promise, because we have now shown this season that we can fight and gut it out in games like the best of them.

The way forward for Newcastle is the Youth Academy and bringing in young players who are already good, but still have significant progress to make.

Charlie Austin, the 20 year-old  Swindon striker we were linked with recently is an excellent example of the type of player that fits into this category.

Sebastien Bassong was a good example of a player in that category that we signed for just £500K from French club  Rennes when he was 22.  Seb  is no longer with us, but the acquisition recently of Mike Williamson  might mean we don’t fret too much about losing Seb, who was great while he was at Newcastle.

The way forward for Newcastle seems a solid one, although we’ll not be making any big £20M type trophy signings.

And quite honestly, when we think of some of our signings in the past of Jean Alain Boumsong (£6.7M), Albert Luque (£9.5M), Michael Owen (£17M) and others, we’re not sure we want trophy signings, because we have never shown we are very good at it.

The £20M players in Newcastle’s team in a couple of years time will have been made at the club.

Two of those in the making are 21 year-old  Andy Carroll and 20 year-old Tamas Kadar as just two examples and maybe 18 year-old Nile Ranger and 17 year-old Haris Vuckic down the road a little.

As we said we’ll be making those £20M players in the next few seasons rather than signing them.

But we think it’s a wise approach, and we’re right behind the strategy, which has already worked quite well over the last couple of years.

Some really good times might be ahead for the Newcastle club – we hope so anyway. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

67 comments so far

  • Tim

    Mar 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Talking of Vukic does Ed or anyone who has any information about his injury status? It would be great if he could get back and have a run around before the season is up!

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Mar 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #2

    i have had to retrieve my password due to the garbage being written in this article.


    Pablo is a regular in the Valencia side which will be playing champions league football next year…I would very much doubt Valencia would accept much less than 20million euros for him as he is a very important prospect to them especially if Villa leaves this summer which he almost certainly will!

    Juan Albin is also far far out of our league! I’d even be suprised at O’Hara, sad to say it but he could do alot better! Same with Bullard tbh!

    rant over!

  • Aza9

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    The summer will be an interesting time indeed, the players we have signed in the last 2 years have all been players not reported in the media. There are some obvious names being thrown around like O’Hara, Bullard and a few players in foreign leagues but in reality the players we sign will probably be complete surprizes.

    To make these 20M players you speak of Ed the club need to do a better job of finding suitable clubs to feed some younger players to to gain valuable first team experience. The likes of Ranger, Kadar, Tozer, Donaldson, LuaLua, Vuckic etc. would benefit greatly from a season or two playing regularly for a CCC side or being blooded by Hughton.

  • Mags

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4


    I keep asking the same question about Vuckic. I should imagine he must be ready for games now, as his time out coincided with that of Joey Barton and he has not been rushed back. Having said that, he had two particularly nasty separate injuries. The trouble is, we get no information about him from the club.

    I am still basking in the glory of last night’s game, the torrential rain, the way the players fought and battled, the goals and the sheer joy making my 160mile home journey soaking wet but reliving every precious moment.

    I refuse to look any further forward (like Hughton) than the next match. What a job he is doing, hats off to you Chris.

    Still, I have my dreams which are that we can finish as the last champions of the Coca-Cola championship.

    After all, we are all allowed to dreams!

  • Archie Mag

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Bullard is a crock no way! Waste of money exact type of player we don’t need any more


    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree with archie mag please no bullard.See the press trying to wind ch up take no notice of then idiots mate.Comon mr Ashley extend ch contract now mate, shut the stupid press up and nip the story in the bud mate.Got soaking wet last night but hey ,you think i care about that i think not ha ha.Great result for the club and the supporters, still buzzing from last nights game.HTL

  • ginkoh

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Bullard is good squad player, no doubt. But I don’t think he’s suit for Newcastle right now.

  • geoff777

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Possibly another bid for Forest’s Perch who looked good last night?

    Hopefully there’ll be no leaks and all signings will be announced by the club as done deals and complete surprises to the press & public.

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #9

    agree with perch! he was outstanding, no1 has frustrated Jonas like tht all season. good competition for simpson/ r taylor

  • DJG

    Mar 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Agreed, if Forest slip up in the play-offs, ( it is a lottery) then I think we have to go to Billy Davies with a serious bid for Perch, the lad is 24 and a class RB so fits in perfectly with Ashley’s plan. Im not convinced in Simpson for the prem im afraid, although I acknowledge he is improving.

  • DJG

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Decent player but too old 31, and always crocked exactly what we are avoiding now.

    Will he be back in time for the FA Youth Cup???

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Definitely agree about Perch – he gave a great performance last night and Jonas was getting frustrated with him and not even bothering to take him on towards the end.

    Good little player I thought, definitely would be on my list.

  • The Entertainers

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #13

    The cost of Pearch…….3-4million ????

    Then VA on loan again
    and the free signings of Cleverley and Beckford, would certainly improve our squad without costing a package.

  • DJG

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    The Entertainers

    Im not that fussed about Cleverley and Beckford, both vastly over-rated players.

  • TheShadow

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #15


  • DJG

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #16

    On wiki they recon Perch started off as a striker, then a RB, broke into the team as a Centre Half. Covered the start of a season at LB. Can play in midfield and is good in goal!!!

    And they recon Ryan Taylor is a versatility player!

  • Thump

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Glad to see I’m not the only person who wouldn’t mind seeing Perch in a black and white shirt.

    As far as Beckford goes, I don’t see why everybody is still so interested in him. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t call him a bad player by any means but his ego is what really bothers me. Could potentially be a person who would come in and massively disrupt the dressing room with his ‘shirts’ and ‘bruvs’ and all of that stuff.

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #18

    id rather have maynard than beckford.

  • geordielad880

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Im still loving the fact victor moses moved to wigan, and he is lucky if he gets 5 mins every so often!!

  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Ok before signing new players we should be thinking about who doesn’t fit into our plans for the premiership.

    Pancrate, Ameobi, Butt, Best, Xisco,

    Question marks over:

    R.Taylor, Guthrie, Smith, Routledge, Barton, Nolan, Simpson,

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #21

    question marks over Nolan in prem? best transfer list em all then!!!

  • Thump

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Not a bad list, NewcastleMole.

    Actually, while we’re at it, let’s just put the rest of the first team squad up for sale and maybe half of the reserves? I think that should work out quite nicely.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    take the question marks off all of them except RTaylor who can be transfer listed, keep the rest

  • geordielad880

    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Exactly what i was thinking Thump, I would say get rid of butt, best, xisco, pancrate and maybe alan smith.

    I have also heard that newcastle have enquired about loaning santa cruz, dont know how true that is, but not a bad player


    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Going out i think will be butt to old legs gone , pancrate ,and smith also xisco if we can find some mug to buy him.

  • geordielad880

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #26

    I have gone a feeling we will be targeting players from germany and scotland more than elsewhere in europe, as these players settle in england easier, and the game is very similar, its too much of a risk with spanish and south american players, also there are alot of good players in scandinavia.

  • costello91

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #27

    newcastle mole:
    ur an idiot!! simple as!!

  • geordielad880

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #28

    This would be my line-up for peterborough game, to freshen things up a little before we play sheff utd:-





    I dont rate best when he plays as a striker, doesnt have the positional sense, but has played on the left quite alot in his career, and is worth a try there

  • jimiley

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed, you are right not to get carried away.I am not expecting very much from this team or manager. Remember that most of this team got us relegated last season, so why should we be so good this season. Oh yes, now I get it. The manager? The same manager who hardly got us a point last season in about ten games. Or maybe the owner? The same arrogant owner who will not deign to talk to the fans who has the longest pockets and the shortest arms in the league. I knew there was a reason to be cheerful!!!

  • boater

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #30

    newcastlemole – !?

    shola’s staying – CH has said he’s his no.1 man up front- he turns and strikes the ball early which you need at the top level. good experienced character – even as cover,, 1 in 3 in the prem when fit over past 5 years.

    routledge, simpson, guthrie? surely we need more signings like them yee daft sod.

    nolan will be captain next year so you can forget about him moving on.

    People on here make us laugh. Hughton has achieved success by instilling buzzing squad unity, do you think he’s gonna just undo all that in the summer by selling the dressing room leaders?

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #31

    The current team – even without strengthening – could stay up no bother. In fact the current team would probably put five past last year’s team that capitulated to Fulham. So it would be mixed emotions for those players appearing for both sides….

    Jimiley, have you looked at the table recently? (What would this guy’s mood be like if we had been relegated instead?)

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #32

    roon yet again scoring.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #33

    i seen someone up there say most our signings will come from germany and scotland, i think your right along with also france

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Guys I believe in this team and I know it can do well in the EPL. The players we have at NUFC are players other teams wld have loved to have in their teams.
    Our team is a EPL team.

    I recon Nolan will be the captain next season and Smith wont play many games but he will stay.

    Team for Peterbrough:

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 30, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Disapponted not to see Ranger on the subs bench last night. All Best has done is halt Ranger’s progress.

    Ones need to get rid of are Butt and Best.

    One to avoid buying is :- Bullard – too old, injured and high wages.

    Some people say Hernadez and Albin are out of reach, but with our Spanish connections, we did get Colo, Spidey & Enrique from la liga and if we are back in the big time you just never know.

    However, it would be great if some of our talented youngsters broke through.

  • SuperJoeyBarton

    Mar 30, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #36

    jesus christ.

    colo, we paid top dollar to an average team.
    Spidey, contract was up at a poor side
    enrique, not playing in villareal and we paid 6mil! which until this season we have all been cursing!

    Ranger is on the lash every night and acting like a prick that is why hes out.

    if pablo turns up at toon even so much as on loan i will eat every scrap of turf at SJP…and my hat.

  • boater

    Mar 30, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Butt will retire in the summer, so yees are all trying to hang a guy who’s about to fall on his sword anyway.

    (If we go up) it’s going to be a long summer listening to people say ‘same team that got us relegated, blah blah’.

    We’ve made big strides with CH restoring club morale, we play as a unit, fight for each other and can look forward to a solid mid-table season in the premiership. We need 3 or 4 players sure, with an emphasis on pace and mobility.

    JMiley – no disrespect, but I can only assume you are 12. This is Hughton’s first season in management. He has improved in every sense tactically over the course of the past 9 months. What the hell more could you want out of someone in the situation we were in? They should make a statue of him in the city centre if y’ask me.


    Mar 30, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Newcastle mole you cant get rid of that many players in 1 go,never see man utd clear out that many of there squad in 1 go mate.Think thats cause it will disrupt the morale of the team mate.I do agree though with butt,xisco,pancrate and smith though.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #39

    were signing ribery

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #40

    omg!! i really hope rooney is alright. thats all england need is fooking rooney injured


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