Newcastle Must Strengthen Squad Before The End Of August


Even after watching this listless showing, Hughton played down the need for a Chris Hughton was as diplomatic as ever following Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Ibrox yesterday afternoon.

Hughton – some positives came out of the defeat

While Newcastle played some nice looking football yesterday, there was hardly any cutting edge in attack, until Peter Lovenkrands came on after 70 minutes and scored within 60 seconds, with his very first touch of the game –  against his former club.

We thought Newcastle looked better with two up front,  but we doubt that Chris will start two strikers against the Red Devils a week tomorrow, and will probably start the same side that started yesterday,  in a defensive 4-5-1 formation.

There are rumors Newcastle are about to sign Ben Arfa on loan for the  season, but a report this morning says that Liverpool may be after the player in a permanent move.

But Ben Arfa seems the type of player who could definitely provide more creativity to the Newcastle attack – and hopefully we can get him in on loan.

Hughton said after the game:

“We are aware of the rumours. But I’m not going to talk about them. We are always looking for new players.”

“It is not nice to lose, especially so close to the start of the season. But there were more positives than negatives.”

And Rangers manager Walter Smith, who used to manage in the Premier League with Everton from 1998 until 2002, seemed to think Newcastle will survive next season, as he  said:

”Newcastle are a good team. They have had similar financial restrictions to ourselves, but they will be OK.”

Newcastle still have a number of their players unavailable for the Red Devils game in eight days time, and they include central defender Sol Campbell, who is still trying to get fit, and there are also long term injuries to Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson and new signing Dan Gosling.

Newcastle did not play well enough in midfield yesterday with  Wayne Routledge, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan and Jonas Gutierrez largely ineffectual for the majority of the game.

No doubt the game will provide Chris Hughton with lots to think over, but one thing that’s obvious is that Newcastle still need strengthen before the end of August – there’s no doubt about that.

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8 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Aug 8, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Left Back, Winger, Attacking Midfielder and a Striker needed.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 8, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Darling27 – could not gree more. Will try and help out but my state pension is not paid until August 13th. Too late I fear!

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 8, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Ed but having watched the game yesterday, I’ve got to disagree with your statement that we didn’t play well in midfield & our plyers were non-effective…. we actually bossed the midfield, with Routledge having a free run most of the game, the problem we had was in the last third & getting crosses into the box for Carroll too get a head on, yes Barton & Gutherie did make a few stupid passed & Jonas was closed down quickly, but we still had the majority of the possession, we just couldn’t finish the job…

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  • Freddie

    Aug 8, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    @ solaidback

    yeh i agree with you mate, first time in a few years that our midfield looked quite solid, and i thought joey barton looked like the player he used to be (nearly). defensively we looked strong we just lacked a bit of creativity! maybe we need to stop looking at nolan as the play maker because he is better at playin central midfield wouldnt you agree? he was good in the cc but thats cos its an easier level, ben arfa would slot in perfectly here and give us a cutting edge!

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  • repo

    Aug 8, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Arfa will go to liverpool using us as a ploy to get other teams in the prem to bid for him..

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  • marshy

    Aug 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    you will have to have words with fatash about that ed but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Pre-season-friendly-Rangers-2-1-Newcastle-Chris-Hughton-wants-Hatem-Ben-Arfa-to-beef-up-his-squad-before-the-Premier-League-season-starts-article546883.html

    Seems Ed has taken this for the basis of the thread! Spot the first line “Even after watching this listless showing, Hughton played down the need for a ” which isn’t even finished on this article!

    So, their verdict (Mirrors) I cannot agree with, Solaidback’s I can agree with.

    One of the better performances I’ve seen in years and cannot describe it as “listless”. Still some work to do though.

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  • chuck

    Aug 8, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #8

    It cant be easy being in CH`s shoes, like between a rock and a hard place, the ever demanding fans and the frugal owner.
    With the media constantly looking for a story, the most popular one being, who`s comming in.
    Of course the agents would like their cut of any deals and constantly plant stories related to their clients.
    For instance does anyone believe that Ben Arfa really wants to come here, the guy probably could`nt find Newcastle on a map, simply a ruse to attract EPL clubs attention.
    Getting back to CH, gonna be tough to keep this side in the PL without some decent additions, not just my opinion, Shearers, Campbells and a number of ex players have voiced the same mantra for the last few months.
    But the way things are going, nothing coming in but plodders, Williamson, Perch, to join our other plodders, Simpson, R. Taylor, Guthrie etc.
    You buy players that are questionable quality wise, you end up with a mediocre side, which is why we got beat by a crap Rangers side.

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