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.
“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.