Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems to have great confidence in his current bunch of players.
Ryan Taylor – fringe player will fight for starting position
And that’s hardly surprising after the way the squad has performed this last season in the Championship where they did all the Newcastle manager asked them for.
As in any good club, there are players who are on the fringes of the first team, and with squads now the name of the game in football, with only only Martin O’Neil still back in the 1960s and playing his best side week in week out, it’s important Newcastle have players fighting for a starting place.
Today Chris has talked about Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi and the returning Steven Taylor and acknowledged they all made a contribution to the team over the season, although they have missed most of this year’s action.
Chris said today:
“We’ve got Ryan Taylor, who has probably not played as much as he wanted in the latter stages.”
“But his tally of games overall is a big part of the season.” “Then Joey Barton is similar too after coming back from injury, but he’s still played a part.”
“Shola Ameobi had a couple of injuries too and Steven Taylor has missed the second part of the season.” “It’s all about contributions.”
With Chris having seemed to make the decision that he will only bring in a few players this summer, he will be relying on last season’s squad to continue to bring Newcastle back to their former greatness – hopefully.
That seems a sensible approach and Hughton will probably not need too much transfer money in the summer, whether he was going to get lots of money or not, and we cannot see Chris being able to spend more than about £15M maximum.
One of the things we really like at Newcastle right now is the common sense that seems pervasive in most things the club does – and we have to applaud Chris Hughton for most of that thinking.
But there already will be significant competition for places at center-back, central midfield and up front with our strikers – and that has to auger well for next season, whoever we manage to bring in during the summer.