As we’ve mentioned before the squad Newcastle have in place this summer is already much improved on the one we had in place last July.
Chris Hughton – give us a wave
A number of our younger players, like Andy Carroll and Danny Guthrie have improved, some of our older players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith have come through, and Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge look like bargain buys made in January.
Of course the Championship is a lower standard than the tough English Premier League, so we need to take that into account when we look at any improvement of our players, but there are also many players in the Newcastle squad who know all about the Premiership.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton feels the squad will gain from the successful season they have just completed, as he told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I genuinely feel we will be better for the season just gone, albeit at a lower level,” “I think the confidence generated from this season will stand us in good stead.”
“What we have had this season is a team playing with a lot of confidence. We know we’ve been doing it at a different level but you would rather have that bit of confidence and momentum than not.”
“Now we want to build on it. We’re aware it’s a tough league we’re going into and we’ll have to strengthen in some areas.”
Chris seems confident he will be strengthening the side this summer, whether it’s with free agents, loan players and/or players he brings in on transfer – assuming some transfer funds will be made available by the club.
But Hughotn also knows he already has some good experience in the squad with players like Harper, Enrique, Coloccini, Taylor (S), Smith, Barton, Gutierrez and Lovenkrands -to name but a few.
“I think the fact we have plenty of Premier League experience in that dressing room is something in our favor,” “They know how tough it is going to be next season.”
We’re hoping for at least four new players coming in this summer – probably in the positions of full-back, central midfield, winger and striker.
And we don’t much care if they are on loan or free agents – just as long as they are quality players, who want to come to Newcastle.