After having such a great season last season, most people will be a little surprised at the negativity that still seems to exist around the Newcastle club.
Chris Hughton – has built excellent squad so far
That negativity has been caused by the statement from Mike Ashley that no new capital investment will be available for players this summer.
Whether that means no money will be made available we don’t know, and why the Newcastle club hasn’t just come out and clarified that statement – we have no idea.
To have an idea would mean we understand Mike Ashley – and we don’t.
But the Newcastle board have long suffered from their inability to communicate well with the Newcastle fans. If they are willing to make a little money available to Chris Hughton – say as little as £10M – then why on earth will they not come out and say that?
Their inability to clarify that statement, when it would be so easy to do just that, continues to amaze us.
But even if no money at all is made available for incoming transfers, there is always the loan market, where we should be able to get a couple of very good young players on a season-long loan deal – the only question being who will the club bring in on loan.
We’d love to see Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere on Tyneside in August.
And then there are some free agents available – the only problem there is the club have said they’d like to bring players in who are 25 and under, and most of the free agents are older than that – although there are some very good players available.
Players like Bayern Munich’s Hamit Altintop, Cardiff City’s Joe Ledley, Manchester City’s Martin Petrov, Lyon’s Kim Kallstrom to name but four who could do a job at Newcastle.
And then there are players like Youssuf Mulumbu of WBA, whose agent has been talking to Newcastle United, and the Tyneside club is said to be very interested.
It will probably take a few million to sign Mulumbu – if we can get him – so why would the club be very interested if no money was available for transfers?
And the squad we already have is much improved from last year with players like Harper, Enrique, Nolan, Guthrie, Carroll and ranger all improved from last summer, and new players like Williamson and Routledge looking like baragin buys made in January.
We only need 4 good players and we should be well positioned to be able to avoid a finish around mid-table – so why all the negativity?
Remember that with Newcastle’s new investment in youth and their world-wide scouting system, big transfer money shouldn’t be needed to strengthen the Newcastle squad each summer.
That’s also helped by the fact that more and more players are playing out their contracts and being available as free agents.
It’s natural for fans to be concerned that no money may be available this summer for incoming transfers, but things are not half as bad as you would think.
We don’t want to come over as Pollyannas, but the sky is hardly falling in at Newcastle – in fact it looks pretty clear to us – with the club having an actual direction or strategy going forward – for the first time in many years.
Howay The Lads!!