Chris Hughton has again talked to the local press regarding the transfer market, this time the Newcastle Journal, and said again he will take things slowly but surely during the summer.
Chris Hughton with assistant Colin Calderwood
Chris talked about the transfer market and that he would not be making any early buys:
“Now the season’s finished it’s a time for evaluating where we are and what direction we want to go in,”
“We have a scouting network in place and it’s just a case of formulating all that. The most important thing is to get the decisions right.”
“The season’s literally just finished but we continue to gather new information every week. It’s an ongoing process right throughout the summer.”
Chris will need to come together with Colin Calderwood and chief scout Graham Carr to put together a list their targets, and it seems like they haven’t officially done that piece of the puzzle yet.
But we know Chris to be very cagey about things in general, so we’d be surprised if he hasn’t already got a good idea, in his own mind, about who he wants to bring in.
Chris still thinks, rather surprisingly to us, that Newcastle have been at a disadvantage compared to many of the other clubs they will be competing with next season, when it comes to recruitment during the summer.
And that’s because of the uncertainty until early April of which division the club would be playing in next season.
“We’ve seen a lot of players this season and you have to try and cover as many bases as you can because you’re not 100% sure what division you’re going to be in,” “It leaves you a little bit behind.”
It does seem that the number of new players we will see this summer will be no more than four at the most.
And as we said yesterday, as long as those players are quality then that should be OK, because we’re also sure Chris will go into the loan market for a couple of top youngsters from the big clubs – and probably try to get them on season-long loan deals.
We see that Bolton’s Owen Coyle has already said he’s like to take Arsenal’s 17 year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere for another season – if that’s OK with Arsene Wenger.
But if Arsenal manager Wenger decides that Jack can go out on loan again, we hope Newcastle are in there trying to get Jack on Tyneside for a season.
And there are quite a few other top youngsters the club can also target for loan deals. Of course any loan players Chris brings in will have to be given sufficient playing time, otherwise it’s not good for either Newcastle or the parent club.