Newcastle Start To Weigh Up Transfer Options

We are learning some new things about what the Newcastle manager’s thinking could be, about the upcoming and vital  summer transfer season.

Chris Hughton – continuity important

Hughton talked to Sky Sports News this morning about the summer transfer window:

“Plans, of course, will be worked on over the coming weeks and through the summer,”

“The most important thing at the moment is that we have got real competition in the squad for places.”

“It’s a squad that has been good enough to see us get promotion, good enough to see us through the season with the record we have had, and we have to be mindful of that.”

“There have been sides that have gone down and come back up again and have fared relatively well in the division without too much change.”

“Those are the decisions we will have to make, but what we have got is a side that has got real good momentum at the moment.”

That seems to say that the basis of Chris’ team for next season is already in place and that seems fine.

But Chris will still need to unload some players and bring in better ones to strengthen the squad, and be fully equipped for a much tougher league next season.

Some areas that seem to need strengthening are full back, creative central midfield, winger and striker – that’s at least four areas that could do with some new players coming in.

Hughton continued:

“The discussions will continue. We will have to look at the areas that we feel we need to strengthen, or have cover. They are the normal processes at any club.”

“Like I say, the players we have at the moment are the players in pole position, they are the ones that are playing and they are the ones that are fighting for a position.”

“But talks will continue right through the next few weeks and over the summer.”

There are a number of players who have shown improvement this season from last season’s disaster – and yes we have to remember the Championship isn’t as tough or as skillful a league as the Premiership – the best in the world.

But Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith,Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger and Shola Ameobi all looked better players than last season.

And three of the new players brought in during January, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge all look terrific buys.

So it’s not surprising that Chris is confident about his current squad, but 4 players out and a quality 4 players in, could make the squad very strong for next season’s big challenge.

The questions with Newcastle fans now and through the summer will be who Chris bring into the squad – since there seem to be some good players available out there.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    We really do need a midfield playmaker do we not! We do need another RW and a LW do we not? We do need RB and LB cover too.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I just think we need a utility winger (probably wrong phrase) who can play on the left and right, a quality right back which Simpson can learn from, no need for a left back as I think Kadar is perfect cover for there and CB, another CM who can add a bit of creativity but ONLY if Butt and one of our other CM’s go and finally and most importantly I think we need a striker, who we are prepared to splash a lot of cash on!!!! We need this striker to do the Lovenkrands role i.e. very quick, good finisher and who makes clever runs, and at a good age i.e. 21-23 basically the kind of thing that we where expecting when Owen arrived although it turned out he was a selfish moron who put no effort in, got injured all the time and still took 110k a week out of our club…. Grrr he makes my blood boil!!!

    Though back onto the point, where can we find a player like this? I have no idea! Although our scouting system seems to be fairly effective at the moment but I do think that Albin would be the perfect signing for us and he be for free! 🙂

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Although worth pointing out that Christian Benitez is only on loan at Birmingham and should be available for 6-8m… worth a punt?

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    One new speedy striker for sure and cut our losses on Best. Send out Ranger on loan next season for 6 months and give Ameobi that long too prove he cn stay fit and score some goals. If he cannot sell to someone in the championship or use as a bargaining tool for someone else and give Nile the second half of the season as the second big man.

    I’d love it if Chelsea bought a new left back as cover for Cole as that might open them up to selling Van to us and he would be a treasure of a signing. Left back who could possibly be utilised as a winger from what we saw of his running abilities.

  • NIToon1

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I think a quality striker is a must. Carroll is improving all the time and a proven goalscorer to go beside him would be great.
    I have to disagree with anybody who thinks Robbie Keane would not be ideal. The only fear I have is that the transfer fee and wages would be out of our ball park.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Ericles how bout these players:

    RB’s Adam Matthews or Samuel Inkoom.
    CB/LB Pape Diakhate
    LW/RW Alex Witsel
    AM Alexander Hleb (loan)

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think there is any point in Robbie Keane, yes he would be perfect if he was 3-5 years younger, but he is 29, would need 8-10m! Yes he would score a fair few goals but he doesn’t fit in our new policy and we need to build for the future, I think a Rodellega/Benitez type of younger player is the ‘right’ type of player!

    I think Robbie Keane would just be making the same old mistakes… again and I think as a club we are on the up!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    * and don’t want to revert to old tactics which are proven to end up in failure!

    (I know that’s very extreme thing to say for just buying one player but once one player breaks the trend and new policies, it could lead the way for more and I am very excited at the prospect of a young team, hungry wanting to be at Newcastle and buying players like Keane will be bad!)

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    New policy* wow I am having a mare today! 😀

  • peterktoon

    Apr 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Shola Ameobi must be sold!

  • GeordieMeerkat

    Apr 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    We should sign Park Chu Young. He’s like a young Robbie Keane. He may not be the greatest scorer in the world but he’s got just about everything else, and being Korean he’d also open the very lucrative Asian market.

    Andy Driver would be our Ashley Young, but he prefers his left foot, which is ideal for us.

    O’Hara or Ledley would provide an extra left midfield option and dynamicism in the centre.

    Mark Reynolds or the free signing of Jose Goncalves would give an additional LB and CB with a bit of pace with Reynolds being the smarter defender and Jose being the taller and more athletic one.

    Al Muhammady is one of the most well rounded fullbacks in world football and with considerable experience for someone of his age. He’d would be almost a mirror image of Enrique bombing down the right and putting in some exquisite crosses. He’s also wanted by the mackems.

  • estechco

    Apr 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know if others agree, but I think this season has shown a significant improvement in the number of serious long term injuries at the club.

    Do people think this is…
    a) A sign of better training methods and/or CH’s tendency not to rush player back too soon
    b) The fact that the pace of footy has been slower and hence less likely to bring about injuries (although you could equally argue the more physical nature of the CC might have the opposite effect)
    c) Simply good fortune…which seems to have eluded us in recent seasons

    Any thoughts?

  • NIToon1

    Apr 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #13


    Ameobi has been injured quite a lot and has also played through injuries. He may not be number 1 choice, but for the PL he is certainly good enough for our bench. If we got rid of Ameobi, we would have to spend a few million on a replacement.

    Regarding Robbie Keane, I did make the proviso that it was based on transfer and wages. I think that it is important to constantly be brininging through the youth, but also need to mix and blend with the experience. As strikers is the most difficult position on the pitch, I think it would be very benificial to have an experienced proven goal scorer in that position.

    Of course it’s only an opinion!

  • Aza9

    Apr 12, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Robbie Keane is a complete journey man and i would be so disappointed if we signed him. He is just an Irish Owen (spurs will want a big fee and he will want big wages). Plus he doesn’t fit in with our new recruitment policy.

    I think we will be looking outside of the PL for a striker.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    NIToon1- apologies, that wasn’t mean to be an attack on you although having re-read what I said, it could be taken that way! I do think if Wigan go down we should try to get Rodellega as he has been good this season and can only improve, otherwise I think we should try for Benitez on loan at Birmingham! What does everyone think about strikers?!

  • Davies

    Apr 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d take Rodellega in a heartbeat, but I do think that we should start giving Ranger more runs in the first team.

    I also think that we should be getting the likes of Vukic involved. There’s no point in having talented youngsters if they’re not making a difference. Sooner or later somebody else will offer these lads a regular first team slot.

    There are a lot of others in our reserve and youth teams that should be pushing for a crack at first team football; Inman, Danquah, Baheng to name three.
    Also, I keep hearing people say we should be selling Lualua. Why?
    I’d be interested to know how the likes of Tozer and Spear are progressing as well.

  • Ezedoesit

    Apr 12, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #17


  • AussieToon

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree we need to start bringing in our youngsters. I have no doubt Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Phil Airey and Bradden Inman can play at the highest level. There is 5 quality squad members to give us extra numbers. Play them all in the league cups etc to get that senior experience. We are really blessed to have these quality kids.

    Then we need to strengthen with some quality straight away.

    James Perch for Right back. Very versatile, good defender, a touch better than Danny Simpson who will be great cover to have and also used for FA cup games. Perch can also play anywhere along the back four and in midfield.

    Jamie O’Hara, I have no doubt Nicky Butt will retire, therefor we need to strengthen in this area and for mine, O’Hara makes perfect sense. Young, creative, great at set pieces, will complement us no doubt.

    Andrew Driver, talented wide player that can take on a few and drive at defenders. Routledge, Driver and Jonas would be very good to have on the same team to test defenders yes even in the Premier League.

    Kevin Kuranyi is a tad older than our recruiting philosophies, but he is a bonafide scorer and would ensure we have the weaponry to stay in the Premier League. He is a free agent and maybe, just maybe we could attract him to this wonderful club. Would make us a different unit from the start.

    Plus a couple more, what do people think?

  • alan shearer

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #19

    i will TRY to avoid buying ccc players if i can..cos afterall we are in pl now..

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    The last thing we need are whole sale changes to a settled squad……after we are now UNITED!

    Yes we need to purchase new improved players, but i would be careful about getting rid of players from the squad.
    Pancrate, Hall and Butt mat well be leaving and i would like to see some of the youger players loaned, Ranger, Forster, Donaldson.

    RB: Perch
    CB: Williams
    AM/W: Clerverly
    CM: Pratley
    ST: Maynard / Boyd.

    There almost exclusively from the CCC but are some of the stand out players from that league and we have seen in the past players like Walcott, Cahill and Lescott make huge waves in the top flight.
    Oh and there all British, something which may be necessary in the future

  • pubcat

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #21

    I would say:

    OUT – definitely Butt and Pancrate….after that, I’m not sure if we should move out anyone else! Some players will have to understand that they won’t get as many games as they did in the championship though. Fitz Hall probably not good enough, but okay for a squad back-up if no more than 500,000?


    3 defenders, ideally. Cover for lb (Van Artnolt on a season’s long loan would be great), 1 experienced utility defender – maybe even Beye back (?) – and another youngster, but mature enough to provide immediate cover as well as potential?

    2 midfielders – one experienced, creative player (maybe from abroad), though maybe only ONE mf needed if we’re bold enough to bring Vuckic into the first team squad set up now

    1 striker, probably our biggest buy but not necessarily an obvious buy. Again, maybe from abroad.

    I’d be slightly disappointed if we don’t give a coupple more of the “kids” a bit of experience in our remaining championship games. Maybe a 15 or 20 minute sub appearance for the likes of Tavernier, Inman and Baheng? And at least another full game for Ranger.

  • Ericles

    Apr 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #22

    I still think that Skeljbred and Kris Boyd would be useful additions. I still reckon Ameobi has much to offer too. Some craft has to be added to the squad – after all, now we are back in the Premier expectations will be raised. Not just by us the fans and supporters but also by other fans home and away. I am convinced many others are hoping that the “entertainers” will be back in town. I still think that NUFC is the team that many other club fans, especially the neutrals, want to see give the so-called big boys a run for their money.


    Apr 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom4Nufc agree with you there buying players like keane is not the way forward for newcastle.peterktoon dont agree with you there you not see that bit of show boating from ameobi that put wayne in for his goal saturday,more worried about loverboy myself mate, hes wasting a lot of chances that you wont be able to waste in the prem.estechco i thought we had something wrong with our training ground with the injures we were picking up in prevous season,maybe chris could take a survey of the players and see if the training ground could be improved in any way.AussieToon i know Kevin Kuranyi is a free agent this summer but i hear his wage demands are sky high mate so i think hes a non starter myself.The Entertainers ya right there to many changes will be bad for team morale i think,we need to get in a position were we need to change just 1 or 2 players per season but we not there yet mate like man utd do they never make wholesale changes.Myself i would like to see us use the free market a bit more, there are some very good players out of contrack this summer who im sure could do a good job for us, and splash our cash on some like agbonlahor from villa.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #24


    I Highly Agree ! about agbonlahor

    But I doubt Mike Cashley will spend that much and chris hughton wont either

    But :

    Nathan Delfounso On Loan From Villa Would be good


    Apr 12, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #25

    The-Ciaran 8 not seen that Nathan Delfouneso myself whats his pace like mate cause we need some1 with pace to burn.Also think us Newcastle supporters might be in for a few nice surprises this summer.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Charlie Austin , 1 Millon would get him

    Even If he isnt good enough its still a Likley profit

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #27


    Hes Fast Realyl Fast He would play very well with carrol in my opinion .

    I Think we should get alot of frees even if just on a year contract

    People like gamst pederson

    I Know Hes too Old But We Hva enothing to loose if hes free

    I Agree We Couldbe in for suprises


    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #28

    The-Ciaran8 for pace is he in agbonlors league? i will have a look at that fella you were on about when there on the tele next.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #29


    Yes they rate him very highly , i would prefer agbonlahor But I doubt wed get him.

    Ameobi Isnt good enough im afraid. Hes Had many chances int he prem and time and time again hes let us down yes hes doing ok at this level but prem is a diffrent league.


    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #30

    The-Ciaran8 disagree with ya on ameobi and dont feel ameobi has let the club down myself.Do agree though we should be using the free transfer market more, but think we should be giving them 2 year contracts, then if they dont work out we can sell them to get chris some more spending money.With a 1 year contract they can just sit out the contract and leave for nothing the next summer.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #31


    hmm I Dunno About ameobi He Cant start for us next season , Squad player.

    Yeh 2 years Sounds good

    Morton gamst Pederson Would be a good buy

    I hope chris gets him


    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Whoever chris decides to bring in i will get behind and support, as i have every conferdence after what chris and the team has done for the club this season.Going to be a good summer for us i think.Seen some of the fellas talking about that Morton gamst Pederson and a few from his own neck of the woods that say the fella is a bit lazy,but if chris dos go for him i will be right behind the signing.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes well said

    chris Has made good signings this year ( apart from harewood ) and has done very well,

    Everyone has to be behind him and the team next season


    Apr 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #34

    The-Ciaran 8 my dream summer would be Newcastle finishing champs,England to lift the world cup,and Agbonlahor signing for the magpies.But I’m expecting the blogs to be buzzing with a lot of banter on who we might get this summer.And ya spot on there mate every 1 at the club needs to get behind the manager, the team and the owner.

  • watson52

    Apr 12, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #35

    What about Martin Petrov at Man City? Hasn’t had a look in recently, reckon we could get him on loan at least, he’s got pace, can whip in a decent cross and has a good shot on him.

  • henok

    Apr 12, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #36

    First we don’t want simpson,hall,butt,pankrant, and Shola ..all of them can’t handle the epl routledge and williamson doubtful ..Inman and donaldson must be given a chance ..ranger and Kadar must go out on loan…we can bring Eden hazard 8 mill and miccoli 5 mill and one young right back …I honstly say I don’t like Cris”s sinigs upto now hope he brings quality players than quantity like sunderland and Bolton

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 12, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #37

    :L i think thats everyones dream summer but it wont finish like that the first Target is 40 Points – and we move on from there

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 12, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Agbon has only scored about six goals in the premiership this season. Is that worth the 10 millit would cost us??

  • willyeoh

    Apr 13, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #39

    I always think we had a competent group of players to be in the premier league, I thought the last time we were sent down could well be the players wanting to sent the team down to spite the owner!

    However I do feel that CH might just struggle at the premierleague level, especially against so many seasoned managers!

  • Szarka

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    dont think NUFC will have a lot to spend: I dont think we can spend more then 10m for the summer. 8 or 5 million signings are out, maybe for 1 men.
    And if Newcastle need one good men, thats a striker. Ameobi played a lot in PL, its not hes class, hes only good for CCC. Lovenkrands the same, in PL he wasnt a big deal, Best has shown nothing yet, only Caroll can be a desent factor, but with these kind of strikers, it will be hard to avoid relegetion.

    We need a quality striker, other places only need bench players .


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