Chris Hughton has been interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today, and he seems to add to what he had said yesterday – that he doesn’t see a lot of new players arriving over the summer.
Chris Hughton – only a few new faces this summer
Fabrice Pancrate has left the club and Nicky Butt has announced he will be leaving Newcastle and after these departures Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I don’t see any more departures.” “And I’m not aware that anybody wants to leave at the moment.”
“What we have got is a group of players who have earned the right to play in that league.”
“It is a squad who are keen to stay together.” “If you look through it we’ve got a good mix.”
“There are a few young ones in there who we will look at giving opportunities to go out on loan.” “They have all played a part.”
Do those words mean that Fitz Hall is staying on Tyneside, or was that an oversight by Chris, or was Chris assuming he is already going back to QPR?
As we reported earlier today Hughton does not seem to be planning major changes to his squad and is expected to add up to four new players over the summer, maybe fewer, and hopefully a few top youngsters in addition to that.
“Patience is the key word as far as transfers are concerned.” “There is now a long period over the summer until the new season starts and the window shuts in August.”
“Over that time we’re going to hear a lot of names and see a lot of speculation.” “Any real business won’t start for a few weeks yet and that is the norm in football, not just at Newcastle United.”
“At the moment we aren’t anywhere in confirming names and only at a stage where we are assessing what options we’ve got.” “It’s just the normal process really.” “We wouldn’t want to jump in now because in the coming months other players may be available.”
“At the moment we’re fortunate that we’ve had a very good season.” “The feel-good factor is here and this is a club that a lot of people will want to be at.” “We have to evaluate each case and part of that process includes being patient.”
This season may be even worse (or better – whichever way you look at it), in terms of Newcastle being linked with new players over the summer.
We’ll just have to wait and see, but of course we’ve already been linked with a lot of players.