Chris Hughton has come out today and said that all his signings last summer and through the season have made the required impact at the Newcastle club this season.
Chris Hughton – all our signings have made an impact
Hughton talked today about all his signings this season, to Newcastle United TV:
“We are lucky that the players who have come in have been able to make an impact.”
“Not just the players we brought here in January but also before that as well with the likes of Marlon Harewood, who scored five goals, Zurab Khizanishvili and Peter Lovenkrands who came in during the summer.”
“They have all made a good contribution and have given us a lift when we’ve needed it – just like we have recently with players coming back from injury.”
“But certainly the lads we brought here in January have done well and have helped to lift us during the second half of the season.”
It’s a measure of the man that Chris wants to thank every player who has come in and helped Newcastle this season, and our three loan signings last year did a good job.
Of course we ended up signing Danny Simpson from Manchester United in January on a permanent basis, and both Marlin Harewood and Zurab Khizanishvili would have loved to have been offered permanent deals at the club.
The only slight disappointment of our 4 signings in the January transfer window has been Leon Best, who looks to now be the 4th striker at the club.
We have to hope it’s a case of Leon settling down at Newcastle, because he’s more than a decent striker, and probably just lacking a little bit of confidence right now.
One of Chris’s jobs through the end of the season is to get Leon back on track at his new club, and that’s what Leon himself must do as well.
And Chris will also need to ensure the lads continue their great play through the end of the season – beginning at Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon, because there there can be no let up this season, until the final game is over.
We’re still making up for the disasters of last season.