Chris Hughton seems to think that his current squad of players will be good enough for the Premiership next season.
Chris Hughton – lots of experience in the squad
Newcastle have had just one season in the second division of English football, and still have lots of players who have played in the Premiership and therefore have the experience that other promoted teams usually don’t have.
Chris told the Journal today:
“I know that people will be looking at who we are bringing in and plenty of names will be mentioned but we already have a side with lots of experience of the Premier League,”
“I think that sets us apart from some of the other clubs who come up from the Championship and, of course, it gives us more of a chance that we have players with hundreds of games in the Premier League under their belt.”
“We’re not going into the unknown – what we hope is that those players who have played in the Premier League can be big players for us again next year.”
“I hope that all of the players are better for a year playing together and winning a lot of games in the Championship. I certainly think they will be coming up full of confidence – and that is a big thing in football.”
Hughton makes some good points, and even with no players coming in at all in the summer, if Newcastle play with the spirit they showed last season they could probably survive in England’s top league next season.
But of course the name of the game is continuous improvement, which is why you always try to improve the squad so better things lie ahead.
But Chris still says he will probably not bring in any new players until after the World Cup, which finishes on July 11th, and that’s a bit worrying since free agents’ contracts run out on June 30th, and usually they have new deals already arranged by then.