Chris Hughton has today admitted that without new players arriving in the summer transfer window, Newcastle could be too stretched with their current squad.
Chris Hughton – needs more players coming in
And Chris could still be looking to strengthen the back four, and after watching Manchester United score three goals against Chelsea yesterday, that may be a good thing.
This is what Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I think we would be stretched if nobody was to come in before the end of the month,”
“At the moment, we must remember that, in terms of the defence, we have Danny Simpson who’ll be missing for seven or eight games and Steven Taylor who will be out for even longer. That’s two of our biggest players missing.”
“I think we would be stretched if we don’t add. That doesn’t mean that we can’t get through, and it doesn’t mean that if we’re fortunate with injuries, we couldn’t cope. But we could be stretched and we’re aware of that.”
“It’s about doing the right deal. We’re having a lot of players offered to us on a daily basis. There are players being offered all the time – some you know better than others, some you don’t know at all.”
“That’s what this market is like; that’s what the transfer window does.”
If we can get Hatem Ben Arfa through the door on loan this week , and that now looks like a good possibility, and say two other good players we should be in good shape, but of course we need those players to be more than decent.
The good news is that Chris knows now that Newcastle don’t have enough players through the door, and before the end of August rolls around we could have 6 new players added to the squad.
One thing we like a lot about Chris is he shows a lot of common sense and so far in January and this summer he’s made some very decent signings for the Newcastle club.