The Newcastle fan blog sites, and Newcastle fans in general are into their annual sport – which players are Newcastle going to sign this summer?
Chris Hughton – will he bring players in early?
And of course after the tragedies and travails of relegation a year ago, it seems so much sweeter looking at which players we may be able to sign, given that Newcastle are back amongst the big boys.
But there seems also a greater sense of reality with the Newcastle faithful, understanding that the main thing is we’re back in the Premiership, and that Chris Hughton, this season’s hero if ever there was one, needs some time and support to build the team up to PL strength.
But we all know Chris has such a work ethic that we have to think Newcastle,. now that the club is promoted, are already in action and pursuing their targets, where it makes sense.
And what Chris has said today only supports that feeling:
“The fact that we now know which division we’re going to be in does give us a headstart and any headstart is always welcome,”
“It gives us more time to plan for next season. The agents have started already. The first possible chance they will see to push players on you and make you aware their players are available is when you get promotion.”
“I think as per normal you try to make some plans. You have a scouting network that’s continued to look at players and you’re getting recommendations. They are the normal things that happen during a season.”
“So it’s not as if we get promoted on Monday and by Tuesday you’re having to bring everything together. It doesn’t work that way. It will happen over a period of time, but it does help that we can start to look at things straight away.”
The Newcastle scouts seem to have been in all-out action for the last few weeks, and it would not surprise us much, if some new players are tied up very quickly.
Chris has said he doesn’t want the uncertainty that surrounded the club last summer (which was worse than awful), and we think owner Mike Ashley and Chairman Derek Llambias will again work hand-in-hand with Chris to get the players in, like they did so well and effectively in January.
After all we have to remember that Chris has saved Ashley around £100M at least in the value of the Tyneside club, and we hope Mike is thinking what they would be worth if Newcastle could finish in a decent position next season in the Premier League.
So it looks to us like everybody at the club is now pulling in the same direction this transfer season, just like they did in January.
The Newcastle faithful can be quietly confident the club can do well this summer.
We have to hope so anyway, and when we see free agents like Swedish International Seb Larsson and Scottish International Kris Boyd both available for nothing, there are two players that would certainly improve the Magpies squad, and they wouldn’t cost us a penny in transfer fees.
So let’s hope Chris and the scouting network are going all out to bring in new players, because as Chris admits, we are now several weeks ahead of other big clubs, given we have already secured promotion back to the big time.
We have to hope Newcastle will make that distinct advantage count in the transfer market.
And with Chris in control, as we say, we have to remain quietly confident.