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.