Chris Hughotn’s job this summer is not only to bring in some Premier League class players to strengthen the squad, but also keep some of our top players who are getting attention from other PL clubs.
Andy Carroll – on radar screens of a number of clubs
Hughton talked about some of his challenges this summer:
“We are in a strong enough position.” “We have had that this season, and I don’t think it will be any different.”“The players want to be here. We have a group of lads who have wanted to be at this club.”
“Your Coloccinis, your Gutiérrezs… I saw something from (Jonas) Gutiérrez in one of the papers yesterday about whether it would have been better for him to be somewhere else with the World Cup coming up.”
“He made a conscious decision to stay here and that is pleasing.”
José Enrique has been in tremendous form for the club this season, and will only get better next season, and the 24 year-old Spaniard is really starting to fulfill his £6.2M transfer fee from Villareal in 2007, and becoming a top player on Tyneside.
He’s Sam Allardyce’s best signing for Newcastle United.
The other worry we have is that we must keep both Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor. The local lads got into a melee recently which Chris Hughton, in retrospect, handled brilliantly to keep the bad news out of the gossip press, but we have to have these two blossoming young players at the club next season.
Newcastle gaffer Chris Hughton feels the unity and togetherness of the Newcastle players means that anybody who wanted to leave the club would have departed last season.
And don’t expect any of the players who left last season to be brought back, because once they left the club, with it in such dire straights, they just cannot be welcomed back.
Chris said today:
“What we have had are players who wanted to be here. The fact we have now enabled them to get to where they wanted to be (the Premier League) is a big boost.”
“It means I particularly would not anticipate anyone wanting to leave this summer.”
We see no real threat in losing any of our top players this summer, because all of them wanted PL football next year, and they have got it, and also earned it.
They have also tasted something that Newcastle players very rarely experience – success. Yes it’s in the English second division but it’s still success, and we hope we can carry some of that into the PL, so we can get back to the top – eventually.
That has to be the goal of the club, but it will take a few years to bring that to fruition.