Two players will not be back at Newcastle next season, out of contract players Nicky Butt, the Newcastle captain, and French winger Fabrice Pancrate.
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But it appears that manager Chris Hughton isn’t looking to offload any more players from his squad, and we are assuming that means Chris will keep on loan center-back Fitz Hall from QPR.
Hughton seems adamant that his Championship-winning squad should be given a chance in the Premier League – and they will – since there will not be much money available from Newcastle to bring in new players.
This is what Chris said today:
“I don’t see any more departures, and I’m not aware that anybody wants to leave at the moment,”
“What we’ve got is a group of players that have earned the right to play in that league. It’s a squad that are keen to stay together. If you look through it, we’ve got a good mix.”
“There are a few young ones in there, and we’ll look at giving them opportunities to go out on loan. They’ve all played a part.”
Since Chris will not have a lot of money to spend this summer, he will need to be very careful at bringing in the right players, and we have to think he’ll be looking at the long free agent list this summer.
But the number of players he will bring in seems to be down to two or three players – and Chris will be in no rush to bring anybody in early.
“Patience is the key word as far as transfers are concerned.”
“There’s 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 speculation.”
“Any real business won’t start for a few weeks yet, and that’s the norm in football, not just at Newcastle United.”
“At the moment, we aren’t anywhere near confirming names, and only at the stage where we are assessing what options we’ve got.”
“It’s just the normal process. We wouldn’t want to jump in now because in the coming months over players may be available.”
Of course the squad Newcastle now has is a lot stronger than it was last year in July, because we’ve seen significant improvement in a number of our players like Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll – and others – albeit in England’s second division.
The club have also brought in Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge in January.
So the playing side of things is in good shape, especially when you think that players of the caliber of Steven Taylor and Joey Barton will be back just itching for a first team spot.