Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said today that the Newcastle scouting staff will make final checks on players at this summer’s World Cup before finally wrapping up the deals.
Chris Hughton – already done homework on targets
And Chris himself could well take in some games in South Africa, as he checks on the Newcastle targets for the summer.
The good news this morning is that under new Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr, the club have already increased the presence of Newcastle scouts in Europe.
In addition the Tyneside club have expanded their presence in South America, another hot bed of talent, although the club have not been too lucky when they’ve brought in South American players in the past.
It’s really good news the club have expanded their scouting coverage, because good scouting and the emergence of our Youth Academy are the two pillars on which Newcastle will build for the future.
Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We’re assessing our options with regards to the World Cup at the moment,” “There’s every chance that we will be going over there and we will have a presence. I am looking into going over for a couple of games myself.”
“But it will be to look at a player we know already rather to look for potential players that we didn’t know about.” “We have done plenty of work already and we know the sort of players who will be there and available.”
“Generally we would not be looking to buy a player just on the strength of a good World Cup. You have to do your research on overseas players and that is not always the case with someone who comes to your attention solely on the basis of a good World Cup.”
We don’t know of too many Championship players who will be playing in the World Cup this summer, so Newcastle are obviously after real talent, at least that’s what we are hoping.
We’ve heard of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck as potential loan signings, so there are other players Newcastle are after, even perhaps for a fee, that will be playing in this summer’s World Cup.
That’s got to be good news.