Hughton Doesn’t Anticipate Many Players Arriving This Summer


It now appears that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is not expecting big changes this summer, and probably will not be adding too many players to his squad, and that’s according to Chris himself.

Chris Hughton – great photo – proudly holding Championship Trophy

Chris is right when he says the players he has now who were here last summer have improved a lot over the last 12 months.

And that is surely true in the case of players like Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands, Jose Enrique, Alan Smith  and Tamas Kadar to mention just six.

In fact rather surprisingly Alan Smith had the highest average of merit marks per game from the Newcastle official site last season – and it’s easily been his best season at Newcastle.

And Chris has already said he wants to bring in quality rather than quantity, so maybe we’ll get say four new players and that could well be enough to make the Newcastle squad strong enough to avoid a relegation tussle next season.

It seems that Chris will have as much as £15M to spend in the summer and that spread across a few players means we should be able to bring some quality in, especially when you consider there are some good free agents out there  this summer.

“I am realistic enough to know that it is also a very tough division.”  “My responsibility will be to assess where we need strengthening and where we need cover.”

“I certainly don’t anticipate a lot of players coming in.”

Most Newcastle fans will be disappointed with that last sentence, but if we bring four players in we have to think that is enough – as long as they are four good players, and give us something we don’t have right now.

We’d also like to see some top youngsters come in – like 17 year-old Connor Whickam at Ipswich – as just one example.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    May 7, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t want Wickham, he seems to be another big striker, and is not proven yet therefore we should keep Carroll as our main big man who looked decent in the Prem last season.

    We need a small and quick striker instead

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  • Ericles

    May 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    No surprise this from CH. No surprise he says this just days after duscussing things with Ashley. The team needs strengthening with the addition of some pace, width and quality. Not a bus load of out of contract journeymen. We do have a good squad. A good squad that needs some valuable additions though. I can see the dictates of the fat man here.

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  • Macas35

    May 7, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Another huge mistake by Ashley if he doesn’t invest enough to keep us up.

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  • peterktoon

    May 7, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I still think we should sell Shola. He has proven before that he can’t cut it in the PL

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  • Davies

    May 7, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Jesus. The transfer window hasn’t even opened and there are already people moaning abut Ashley. Give it a rest will yer. Hughton knows what he needs and I’m sure he’ll get it. He did in January, didn’t he?

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  • toongloom

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #6

    we dont need loads of new players. We need 3 permanent deals, (maybe 1 on loan) to come and challenge for the starting line up. We have enough squad players with the likes of simpson, r.taylor, kadar etc. We need a new right back, someone who will start cause simpson and ryan taylor aint gd enough. I would love to see habib beye back (he can cover at cb too).

    We need a creative midfielder, someone who could play in the middle of or on the wings to give guitterez and routledge competition so someone like o’hara, hunt, jack wilshere, (on loan) etc

    But our biggest worry shud be a quality striker, we need someone with premiership experience and someone whos going to bang them in to keep us up. Xisco and either best or shola out, so thts another 2m maybe.

    With the 15m reportedly CH will get + them 2 going out thts 17m available. Thats 3m on defender, 5m on a midfielder and 9m on a striker.

    Then we shud have a gd enough starting team and squad to challenger and stay up nxt year!

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  • BudroBeardo

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    The team lacks desperately at least 3 incoming bodies. A deputy for Enrique (van Aanholt was great), a leftfooted wideman (to cover and compete with Gutierrez and Routledge) and, a pacey striker.

    And if Tails is to leave, a leading centre half as well.

    Otherwise, I think the current squad (Simpson, Williamson, Smith as a midfielder, Routledge etc.) deserve their chance to prove their worth in the Prem, and there’s always the January transfer window to do the stupid panic buys…

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  • DONALDO

    May 7, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Well said Davies.
    Has no one learnt over the past few years, we need to be patient, i wholly believe the team we have now, without any additions, has the ability, confidence and togetherness to compete with the bottom 10 teams in the prem.

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  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Ya he wants to be the next furguson or something …he needs to spend money cause most of the epl teams will be spending crazy even Westbrom have a budget of 15 mill …but I say insted of buying all this chicken head players we buy one quality player …like villa does d

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  • ginkoh

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    CH said that because he want to low down the fan expectation in this transfer windows.

    You all know we will not spend so much this summer but someone still expect us to sign some world beater player. It’s not right. When transfer windows has come, expectation always too high from Newcastle supporters. We should know we cannot do that anymore but I pretty sure CH can do the right signing for the club. Keep the faith !

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  • MarkO

    May 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #11

    We need more than four players to survive in the prem IMO

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  • Widowmaker

    May 7, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #12

    It might be crazy to criticise MA at this stage, but it is, if not more, as crazy to think this squad does not need big improvements to compete with EPL teams after one good season in Championship.

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  • DrMagpie

    May 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with Toongloom, we don´t need many players BUT we need a proven striker and preferably a creative midfielder though with J.Barton coming back into the team I am not sure C.Hughton will invest in a central midfielder.

    I agree we should not spend to much, I think we can all agree that we would much rather be the next Arsenal (sound financial situation) than the next Liverpool (terrible financial situation).

    Lets for once look 5 or 10 years into the future rather than 5 or 10 months.

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  • marshy

    May 7, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #14

    if he is anticipating not many players coming in then he should also anticipate being back in the championship the season after.

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  • WLtoon

    May 8, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #15

    we def need a right back,Simpson proved when he was on loan with the mackems that he is,nt good enough. I think a pacy striker is our main need in the prem but they cost alot of money.i dont know the situation with DinDan at Portsmouth,someone like him wud be a good addition,but he might cost too much for us,and i also think a good central mid,i think yhat wud be enough to be comfortable.

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