Hughton May Not Bring In New Right Back This Summer

We had thought Newcastle will be after a right back, a winger, a central midfielder and a striker this summer.

Ryan Taylor – can start at right back on August 14th

But Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said today the club may not need to bring in a new right-back, since there are players already at the club who can play there.

Bringing in a new right-back is not understood to be a priority for Hughton, but he has not ruled out a transfer market move to replace the injured Danny Simpson.

But it seems that Chris may be swayed into giving Ryan Taylor a good chance to stake his claim for that position in pre-season.

We know Ryan was not too happy last season at not being a starter too many times, and he certainly will be motivated to do well, but we wonder if he has the defensive capabilities to make the right-back position his own on Tyneside.

We doubt he has if we were to be honest about it.

Chris said today:

“My priority is to make sure we are covered in every area by the start of the season.” “That might mean looking for someone else if that gives us the right level of competition.”

“It is not necessarily going to be the case that we bring someone else in.” “We already have players who can play that position, and it is something we will have to look at closely.”

In fact the more we think about this, the more we think Chris will probably give Ryan a chance at right back in pre-season.

If the 25  year-old doesn’t impress, Chris could still go out and bring in another defender – preferably one that can play anywhere across the back four, as a defensive reinforcement to the squad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jun 22, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Remember – we still have Steve Taylor who can play RB if needs be. I am not sure defence really is CH’s priority. Trouble is none of us really seem to know what his priorities are. We do need some pacy wing support though. Surely we call believe in that?

  • Newutd

    Jun 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    “We already have players who can play that position”

    Well of course, Mr Hughton??

    We have players who can play in every position, obviously. But good enough? Dont’t think so…

  • boater

    Jun 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I have no doubt that CH’s priorities are the following –

    1) a support striker to compete with loven in the no.10 role
    2) a left footed utility player
    3) a versatile defender
    4) one more young striker

    Having said that Pancrate was brought in as cover on the right, but he likes routledge for an attacking formation and guthrie on the wing to allow for nolan/barton in the centre.

  • newcastle10

    Jun 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #4

    need tickets for the 1st match any1 help !!

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Well the versatile defender is Samuel apparenty, experienced and knows the PL.

    Martin Petrov has gone to Bolton, its criminal if we didnt go for him.

    But overall i’ve been impressed with Hughtons judgement on players as he has made good loan signings, good permanent signings in the January window.

    Im just going to trust Hughton to get what we needs in one way or another.

  • Wud die for Aberystwyth Town FC

    Jun 22, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    I would still take a punt on Nedum Onuoha. Young, strong and athletic. Can play CB,LB, RB, worth a gamble don’t you think, even though his price tag is around 5m!!

  • Thump

    Jun 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    LB, LW, RW is our main concern. Yes, we have RM who can play LM and the like but the only player we have who can genuinely run at defences from the wings is Routledge. Yeah, RB is a weak spot but we have both Taylors and Simpson to play there.

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I would really like to ask the question that if anyone has seen Shane Ferguson (LW, Northern Ireland International, yet to make any appearance for us), Phil Airey (claimed to be future number 9 with his scoring ratio), Bradden Inman, Stephen Folan, Sam Adjel, Jóan Símun Edmundsson (Faroe Islands international) and James Tavernier played? I am not sure what to say because I don’t know them, but we should be able to get something out from these young guys.

    I personally would like to give Shane Ferguson more playing time. He’s in the senior squad of Northern Ireland for a reason (reminds me of Keith Gillespie).

    Don’t forget Kadar!

  • jimiley

    Jun 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #9

    The current squad will be involved in a relegation battle. To think that taking on loan signings and cast offs for two bob will make us stronger is pure madness. Just what ois the long term strategy of the fat man. To be 4th bottom for nowt spent? then what? 5th bottom for nowt? The guy is an imbecile. The fat man has loads of money but will not spend any on the Toon. He is gambling with our club again. The game is to spend nowt and stay in the premiership. If the club gets relegated they won’t come straight back up again. Why should the players work their socks off to get promoted again when they know the fat man will never support the manager with real cash. The manager is the fat man’s yes man. Spineless. Any manager with any courage would have spoken up by now. Its all a disgrace.

  • boater

    Jun 22, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #10

    jimiley – it’s a balancing act. Gutting the side that won promotion would destroy the player’s morale – which is our greatest asset now.

    I think we could scrape 14th/15th as we are, without huge injuries or further sales. I do think it’s the prefect opportunity for investment – not just in our immediate future but also towards the young – dynamic player model – which makes sense in theory. I’d love to see onuoha come in.

    Still gutted we missed moses – wickham would make up for it after his euro champ exploits – hard to imagine we would put up 10mil but still as an investment – he looks like the next no.9 for england at the moment.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 22, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #11


    The more the fat man spends of his own cash, the more the club is indebted to him in real terms. If the current squad can’t survive in the Prem, they all need there professional licenses revoking. However, I’m sure it will be suitably augmented by August, if nothing else Cashley won’t risk his business equity again.

    No it’s not ideal, no it’s not Roy of the Rovers (or even Billy the Fish), but poor purchases in the past have partly caused this current crisis. We need two years or more of sustainable rebuilding to get the financial monkey off our backs, and CH is the man to do it on loan deals and bargain buys.

    Spineless? Tsch, tsch, Jim, I don’t think so. CH is taking pressure from all sides and unlike KK he won’t cave in, walk out, whinge for more cash or make excuses when results go against him. He’s in it for the long haul – and that takes REAL backbone.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Jun 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Riquelme is without a club. That has to be tempting, he is a fantastic player.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 22, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I thought he’d be a good player too, Monster. He’d surely take average wages too, unless he wants to go to Greece on 60-70K a week and never be seen as anything other than a good player in England

  • Sav

    Jun 23, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Relying on ‘team spirit’ to get us a series of results is crazy. It will last about a s long as it takes us to pick up 3 defeats in a row, when it will evaporate.


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