Why Is Hughton Playing Catch-Up In Transfer Market?

We were surprised to hear Chris Hughton talking today about Newcastle being a little behind in the transfer market.

Chris Hughton – playing catch-up in transfer market?

This is what Chris Hughton said this morning:

“Sometimes the difficulty is with your scouting network that until you are sure of what division you are going to be playing in, the markets are different, so in that respect, we are pleased we have secured our Premier League status earlier than the end of the season.”

“But of course, there are lots of teams who would very much have a head start on us because they are the teams who knew they were going to be in the Premier League and for them, it is an ongoing thing all season.”

“We have got a little bit of work to do, but we would certainly rather be doing that work going into the Premier League than perhaps having to go through the play-offs.”

Newcastle have a new head scout in Graham Carr, and from we have seen he’s been very busy, along with our other scouts in looking at a number of players, so we assume Chris has his targets already in place.

We hope he  has in any case.

Indeed, this morning there was news in the press that Newcastle have already bid for one of their longer term targets, Norwegian, Erik Huseklepp.

We hope that Chris will move quickly in this market, and there seem to be some good players available either on free transfers or others that could be picked up fairly cheaply.

Some of these include Birmingham’s 24 year-old Swedish International Sebastian Larsson, who usually plays on the right wing, but can also play in either full-back position.

And we know that within the last couple of weeks Birmingham have exercised their option on Seb’s contract, to extend his contract by a year without negotiation, so he’s not available this summer on a free transfer.

While that protects Birmingham so they will get something for him if he moves this summer, the fact he can still be acquired for nothing in 12 months time will help persuade Birmingham to sell his the player this summer if a decent bid, like £2M comes in for him (from Newcastle).

We also like another long-term target in 22 year-old  Per Ciljan Skjelbred, the Rosenborg attacking midfield player, who has played 12 times for Norway and almost arrived on Tyneside two years ago.

Of course Skjelbred has been a Newcastle United supporter siunce he was a boy, and would walk to Newcastle to get a contract on Tyneside.

So there are a number of players Newcastle have been linked with over the last year or so, and we’d love for them to be arriving at Newcastle, sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • GeordieChris

    Apr 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Hi everyone hav been reading this blog for some time and always enjoyed the banta and views, so thought id join in.Not sure if anyones seen this about the new kit launch
    Great blog Ed glad u came back mate

  • estechco

    Apr 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Perhaps he has already had the knock back from someone who has pre-agreed to move to an existing PL team i.e. one’s who’s status (safety) was assured before our own?

  • Newutd

    Apr 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Larsson and Huseklepp just isn’t good enough. Skjelbred is a good player, but i’m a bit disappointed of his development…and a thing I don’t like is that he neeever scores goals…

  • buddy

    Apr 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #4

    it is pretty clear that hughton is continually trying to dampen expectations…..they are already very low in terms of what we may achieve next season and we might spend so for him to be dampening them even more is massively worrying

    he needs to be more positive about our ability to attract players, as we do retain a lot of relative pulling power whether he believes it or not. we should always have been looking for prem quality players…is he saying that williamson/routledge et all are not???

    we have also have a decent head start on all other teams who will be struggling in the prem next year as we are the one of the few free from pressure and other worries about this season at such an early time. this statement is bizzare and naive in the extreme

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 23, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I take everything Hughton says with a pinch of salt.

    All season he said we are no where yet, we havent secured anything yet….then on Monday night he literally said we knew we were up ages ago, before it was officially secured.

    He has the book of the right things to say and i think he trying to reduce expectations. I think he knows who he wants and where.

  • Dan4Toon

    Apr 23, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    My teaam for tomorow would be;

    Simpson Williamson Kadar Enrique
    Routledge Barton Guthrie Jonas
    Carroll Best.

    Subs; Krul, R.Taylor, Butt, Smith, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Ameobi.

    I would like Vuckic to be on the bench but i think he will get his chance along with Krul and maybe 1 or 2 more.

  • Dan4Toon

    Apr 23, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Vs QPR 🙂

  • richietoon

    Apr 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed…………..the Huselklepp story is from January,for seem reason it came online again yesterday but the date of the story is from jan during the transfer window.

  • Michael

    Apr 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    What’s the point of buying over the top of the young players you already have? Newcastle need to blood some of the youngsters in their early twenties and see if they can make the grade. If not get shot of them to make room for another batch. I for one think that Fat Sam brought in too many mediocre youngsters and filled the Academy with quantity not quality.

    Also these scandinavian kids Husekelp and Skjelbred, has anyone actually seen them play. If so how come Ed hasn’t put up youtube highlights. Samir Nasri has had highlights reels since he was touted at the age of 17-18y, so how come neither of these two vikings has been heard of anywhere bar this blog.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Hughton’s not playing catch up with anything. He’s just stating the blindingly obvious that all the Prem teams above the drop zone have been able to scout at leisure for months, whereas the Toon have had to play percentages until promotion was effectively secured after the Forest game almost 4 weeks ago.

    This is no bad thing, as we haven’t the budget to waste so have to judge a player first hand rather than on youtube clips, agent rhetoric and fantasy football websites. Funny how so many ‘unknown Russian and Scandanavian’ players are brilliant and worth £10m or more, yet their national teams are at best mediocre Fizzy fare and would be hard put to beat any of the top 12 of our erstwhile comrades-in-coke?

    Truth is, nobody is worth more then £5m these days, not even Rooney, and the stupid fees are 80% opportunity cost just to deprive rivals. It’s an idiot’s game in the present financial climate that will inevitably backfire, especially post-Bosman.

  • bjarne

    Apr 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #12

    I´ve seen both Per Ciljan Skjelbreid and Erik Huseklepp playing in the Norwegian league for quite some time and none of them are good enough for Newcastle!

    Forget them and get some quality players in.

    Toon Toon!

  • Ezedoesit

    Apr 23, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #13

    I still think we should go after STEVEN FLETCHER! With the right service he could score alot of goals, and Burnley will need to reduce the wage bill with them going down.

    Anyway read my blog:


  • Newutd

    Apr 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree with my fellow norwegian, Bjarne.

    Had big hopes for Skjelbred, but he’s actually been quite anonymous lately.

    Huseklepp just isn’t stabil enough.


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