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Three Players Needed And Only Twenty Days Left

9:38 am, Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 133 Comments

Newcastle have so far brought in James Perch, Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell to strengthen the ranks for our return to the Premier League next season.

James Perch – Newcastle’s first signing this summer

But we still need at least three more players and we have only until the end of the month.

The deal with Ben Arfa seems to have hit a snag, with Marseilles intentional putting the deal in abeyance, but that deal could still go through in a few days time, and would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, giving us some much needed attacking flair.

With the lack of penetration shown by our strikers last Saturday,  Chris may be wanting to bring in another striker, and another winger would also be good to cha;llenge Routledge and Gutierrez.

We would expect one more loan signing – in addition to Ben Arfa, and maybe one player transferred in, but it appears that Chris has very little to spend, and maybe no more than around £6M this summer.

We think the three players he has brought in are good ones, and all three seem to be good deals, and Newcastle are waiting to see what French club Marseilles will now do,  after they supposedly verbally agreed the loan amount for the French International, but then reneged on that.

If nothing happens in the next couple of days that deal could proceed forward and Newcastle could get the player.

But we really have little idea who the other two players Chris is after will be – as he does very well in keeping his targets secret, which of course gives Newcastle a decided advantage, and Chris and the Newcastle club have already done several good deals last January and during the summer.

Twenty days is time enough to get the players in, especially when most deals get done during the last couple of weeks of the transfer market.

Who do you think Newcastle should bring in – either on loan or in a permanent deal?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Dan Gosling · James Perch · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Sol Campbell · Transfer News and Rumours


133 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Darling27 // Aug 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Left Back, Winger and a Striker needed.

  • 2 curmon // Aug 11, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    It is blindingly obvious that at least one proven striker needs to be brought in ASAP. unfortunately Hughton and Co have been proven to be totally myopic in this regard. Why do I say that, well, anyone who relies on Ameobi as a Premiership striker should be certified insane. Young Nile Ranger is miles ahead of Shola yet they are talking about sending him out on loan. Get the Striker problem sorted or there will be tears this season. By the way I have been a supporter for more than 50 years.

  • 3 RichK // Aug 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    I agree with Darling @1 in terms of the positions needed, also think we need an AM (which I still hope will be Ben Arfa)

    There are plently of good players with PL experience that could well be available. In terms of Strikers I would try and snap up Jo from Man City, he’s still young and could well bang in 15-20 goals given a full PL season. Wouldn’t mind seeing a bid for Kris Commons too, his attacking flair would be good, could pick him up for £2-3m too. As for a LB would still speak to Chelski about Van Aanholt on loan for season.

  • 4 sweendog // Aug 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    curmon .. bit harsh .. ameobi has his moments but he’s got to have on the squad … but yes we need a speedy finisher .. somebody in the bellamy mould without the attitude .. we still need LB cover but what about RB.. also a fast DM wouldn’t go amiss .. I reckon we’ll get the players just teams aren’t willing to sell or loan until the last minute .. ie after monday..

  • 5 sweendog // Aug 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    meant to say..

    ameobi has his moments but he’s got to be at least a good squad player, but yes we need a speedy finisher .. somebody in the bellamy mould without the attitude .. we still need LB cover but what about RB.. also a fast DM wouldn’t go amiss .. I reckon we’ll get the players just teams aren’t willing to sell or loan until the last minute .. ie after monday..

  • 6 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Totally agree Curmon, we should get rid of Shola once & for all, he’s not PL quality & never has been, he’s just taling up wages & air space & should either be sold or loaned out instead of Ranger, who between him & Best have been out better strikers so far in pre-season…

    I’m just hoping that giving Andy Carroll the No9 shirt hasn’t put too much pressure on the lad so that he can’t proform on the field or we’re well & truely screwed…

    Imo I think Loverboy will do what he’s paid to do, he’s still pretty nimble & can slow in a few goals for us but it seems CH wants Nolan to play behind Carroll & not Loverboy, don’t understand that one!!!

  • 7 freddie // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    The 3 players brought in hardly strenghen the first team. I think we are in big trouble.

  • 8 FalseFlag // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    .org are saying we have got a lad from chelski on trial,billy knot hes a LB

  • 9 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Still a pile of moaning pessimists on here, then eh?

    Shola has the best stats of any of our strikers. Deal with it.

    Ranger has looked seriously out of his depth, even in the CCC; he’s just not there yet and CH knows it.

    It’s obvious that other clubs (and the Scottish national team) want the likes of Carroll, so what is it they know about our strikers that you don’t?

    Yes, I’d love to see a Bellend-without-the-personality striker in. But in the real world, we just don’t need one to hit our target of staying up when we have so many players capable of 10+ goals a season.

    By the way – just when I was starting to think I’d have Bellend back, he comes out with a classic, petulent “use me or lose me” statement to demonstrate that he’s still a little tit when he doesn’t get his way. Nowt changes, eh?

  • 10 howay man // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I want to see Robet Koren he was good in the world up and he is free.

  • 11 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Rightly enough, Gosling can’t be seen as a summer recruit considerin he’s not going to play until January, so he’s more of a Jan transfer window recruit :) lol

    With 20 days to go, I’m getting a little bit worried to be honest, epsecially with the Muckems down the roan already signing 4-5 players to their squad, we need to make some moves & not just wait until one’s done before we start getting another rolling… come on CH, we have faith in you, don’t let us down!!!

  • 12 FalseFlag // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    ed clearer my comments plz

  • 13 sweendog // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Whumpie .. partly true .. although I do think Ranger should stay and be given a chance ..

    as for our other signings .. I think hughtons performed well on transfers .. perch needs to settle in .. sol campbell will be good .. gosling on a free .. not bad .. we just need now some top end attackers .. Arfa and a Striker would definately make us a good premiership squad ..

  • 14 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Whumpie mate, what stats are those for Shola??? He’s been with the club 10 years & has only scored 42 goals, thats really impressive!!!
    His goal to game ratio is 1 goal every 5 games & you say that our best, well if it is, we are definately screwed!!!

  • 15 sweendog // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Solaidback .. problem with the unwashed down the road is that their manager is a tool .. he seems to annoy the players until they want to leave .. exact opposite to hughton.. I reckon thats 90% of being a good manager .. unfortunately for us the other 10% is tactics .. :-)

  • 16 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Sorry I’ll rephrase that, Shola has been at the club 15 yrs, he’s been in the senoir squad 10 years & scored 42 goals!!! enough said!!!

  • 17 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I’ll be disappointed if we don’t get Ben Arfa – he could make the season a lot more interesting and put in a bigger safety margin between us and 18th. But if we don’t get any more players, we’re still likely to do better than at least half a dozen other clubs. 3 will do it.

  • 18 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Here are some of our other strikers stats:

    Shola – 208 senoir games – 42 goals – ration 1-4.95 games
    Carroll – 61 senior games – 20 goals – ration 1-3.05 games
    Loverboy – 44 senior games – 19 goals (Toon only) – ration 1-2.3 games

    So you still think Shola is the best of the bunch???

  • 19 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Sweendog – seems they’re having a problem down the road getting rid of players this window, as there are stil 4-5 players that Keano sined that Sourpuss can’t sell due to their high wages.. lol my heart bleeds purple pee for them.. lol

  • 20 Geordiedoonsooth // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    We need a goalscorer and a creative midfield player. We should be good enough to stay up but I think it will be a long hard season. I reckon we will get 46 points

  • 21 sweendog // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Geordiedoonsooth .. our creative midfield player will be arfa .. just have to wait until friday.. but yes at the moment 46points .. if we get a good goalscorer in maybe better .. just have to play it by ear but I hopefull we’ll definately stay up at the very least..

  • 22 Colombus // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    We should splash the cash on a quality forward. It would be naive to think that our offense right now is good enough. But who should this be. Obviously Asamoah Gyan would be brilliant, but something tells me he would be too expensive for us. But Kevin Gameiro on the other hand! Magic talent who plays for Lorient. Anyone would like to speculate on a price for Gameiro? Any other alternatives?

  • 23 Bryan // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Ed, your ever the optimist and I love you for that but, every player NUFC sign in your eyes are good players including the ones we signed in January. Except for Sol, all of these players have no or very little PL experience so we have no idea how they will perform. IMO all are very average players that a few years ago would not have even been mentioned by any fan of this club.
    IMO unless we start signing quaility like Ben Arfa we are going to struggle big time.
    I have noticed lately opinions about MA being more possitive, why? He alone has dragged this club down to the levels of today were we can not even compete in the transfer market with the likes of, Stoke, Birmingham, Bolton and Wolves. I find that so sad for our great club. If it is true that each club receives around £30-£40m each season from the PL, where has ours gone? Where will the extra revenue from increased season tickets go? What about extra merchendise and corperate sales, where will that go? All this extra money and all we have spent this summer is £1.5m. It appalls me.
    Theres a saying in life “that you get what you deserve” unfortunately for us the fans that will never be the case as long as MA is here. But it will ring true for MA and that could possibly be a relegation struggle this year.
    During this time there is always high hopes for all our clubs,big & small so I really do hope I am wrong.

  • 24 RichK // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Jo – Man City (loan or buy for £4-6m)
    Commons – Derby County (£2-3m)
    Van Aanholt – Chelsea (loan)
    Ben Arfa (loan)

  • 25 shearertodomorebigmacads // Aug 11, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    I am pleased with signings we have got already but its clearly not enough. Many of the Hughton arrivals will become great players which is fantastic for the future of NUFC, but are they going to keep us in the premiership next season?………not sure and im a bit worried. We need to get experienced players in for this season on 1 year deals if needs be to secure premiership survival. Then this time next year the likes of perch,best,carroll,ranger will all have had time to settle, grow and gain experience for the following season and be quality.

    We MUST sign a goalscorer and strengthen the midfield and get some creativity. The game at Rangers proved that we had no options in the final third.

    I would like to see someone like luca toni on a 1 year deal (is he on a free?) or maybe a sneaky bid for crouch…totttenham are crammed with strikers at the moment. I know alot will say crouch is the same as carroll but he has experience at the top level.

    In terms of midfield ben arfa isnt going to happen because we cant buy him permenantly and OM want the money. So Mr Hughton and Mr Calderwood it is time to start wheeler dealing in my opinion otherwise its going to be another dissapointing transfer window for NUFC.

  • 26 Ericles // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Well said Whumpie!

  • 27 hadthetshirt // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Why don’t we go for Kevin Prince Boateng,Patrick van Aanholt,and either Roman Pavlyuchenko or better still Klaas Jan Huntelaar I can live and dream.

  • 28 Darling27 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Best out for 3 months due to ankle ligament damage. Looks like Ranger might get his chance!!!

  • 29 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Shola aint the best at nowt, think his brother Sammy is probably better than him, we need to cut our losses with him, he is a Championship Player at best.

    Ranger should go out on loan for a year and get some time on the pitch.

    That leaves us with
    Carroll, McLoven, Best, Xisco

    McLoven – our best striker by far.
    Carroll – Just been given No9 so Hoots has confidence in him.
    Best – Not seen much of him, okay as back up
    Xisco – Same as best

    We need a prolific striker to come in and be first choice striker, doent matter if he is older IMO.

    We need cover for LB/RB

    We need a decent AM who can play anywhere accross the middle.

    S.Ireland – Play off a lone striker far better than Nolan.

    C.Bellamy – Smashing Striker, Pace, Finish, Hunger

    Not sure who is capable, versatile and available in the defence department.

  • 30 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    @ Darling27 (23)

    Wheres Best news from???

  • 31 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Solaidback: that means nowt unless you now compare that stat with exactly the same stat for other strikers.

    I’m not saying Shola is a Torres (although recently you have to say wor Strolla’s been comparable but for all the wrong reasons) but to say he’s better than Ranger seems daft. Ranger floundered badly against good defences and CH not playing him suggests other problems in training and perhaps off-field too.

    Meanwhile, Shola’s come off the bench after lay-offs 3 times and scored 3 times to save games for us. He may look like that bit in Bambi on the frozen pond, but he gets the results.

    Anyway, that’s missing my point, which is: there is a good reason why we’re staying away from depending on one, 20-goal striker and sticking with a handful of 10-goal ones: it works better and is far less risky over a season if you’re trying to survive.

  • 32 Darling27 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    NUFC_Richyg01 it’s on

  • 33 NE63 MAG // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Been realistic about the prospect of big names actually wanting to play at Newcastle at this moment in time maybe we should turn our heads to out of favour Stoke City striker James Beattie ……. I think we could do a lot worse !!

  • 34 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Solaid back: whole-career stats are pointless. Can you do the last 3 seasons or summat? Sorry to ask you to do more, but I’d seriously like to know if you’ve got access to the numbers.

    Not sure Shola will be the best, but I do believe he gets unfair stick.

  • 35 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    If we do get Arfa, I’d be happy with just a LB understudy. Seriously – CH is right when he says ‘keep the nucleus’, and you can’t do that if you keep adding new faces.

    And those STILL expecting us to splash several mil on a striker – please get with the programme! If Ben Arfa comes, it’ll be on loan. That, as has been said many times, consistently, for over a year, is how we operate until we’ve got back on an even financial footing and can EARN the money for a new striker or anyone else.

    Got it? It’s not hard. Really.

  • 36 Darling27 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM


    Best blow

    Press reports on Wednesday claimed that Newcastle striker Leon Best had sustained ankle ligament damage during training on Tuesday.

    The 23 year-old striker is reported to be seeing a specialist in London and to have had a scan. It’s speculated that he could be out for at least three months.

  • 37 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    @ Darling27 (30)

    He is not a huge loss, but may stop Ranger going out on loan.

  • 38 Shot Bru // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Like someone mentioned earlier we need cover at LB and a decent RB like Samuel Inkoom, however i think Hughton seems to think we’re ok in those positions. I wouldn’t stress too much about getting another striker, i think we’re far better trying to spread the goals around rather than relying on the 2 up front. I think we’ve looked well organised during pre season which will hopefully stand us in good stead as the season progresses. If Barton can remain fit and outta trouble he will be like a new signing this season and will keep everyone on their toes. If the Arfa deal has hit a snag lets get on with recruiting other targets..players like Landon Donovan, Brett Holman and the Korean at Bolton would add some creativity and pace playing just off Caroll.

  • 39 jasonbourne // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    We need a left back, Ben Arfa and a proven striker.

  • 40 CongletonTOON // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Looks like the Ben Arfa deal may be falling through =-( OM seem to be playing silly buggers!! Fingers crossed it comes off, but time is running out, and having watched us @ Ibrox last Sat, we deffo need to strengthen!!!

  • 41 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Here you go Whumpie, last 3 seasons:

    Shola – 46 senoir games – 14 goals – ration 1-3.28 games
    Carroll – 61 senior games – 20 goals – ration 1-3.05 games
    Loverboy – 44 senior games – 19 goals (Toon only) – ration 1-2.3 games

    The only change mate is Shola, as Carroll & Loverboy haven’t been in our sinior squad for the past 3 season.. lol :)
    Plus Shola’s only time when he’s been in double figures for goals was last season & thenhe only hit 10, so sorry mate, Shola is no way our best striker, with or without stats.. lol

  • 42 noir9 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Bryan – this subject has been discussed to death, it doesn’t really matter who is to blame for our current plight it’s not going to change anything…..we’ve blown squillions over the last 2 seasons & although our income will have rocketed with our return to the epl our previous loses don’t just disappear…..the accounts show that MA has not taken anything & thats fact not opinion. Paying 75% of a clubs total income on players wages is not sustainable

  • 43 Darling27 // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    NUFC_Richyg01 yeah no loss really.

  • 44 Solaidback // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Good post noir9, :)

    If Ashley had taken over the Toon & there hadn’t been the amount of debt that FFS had ran up over pervious seasons, then the story may have been completely different, but as it’s been said, its all in the past & we have to pay for it now!!!

  • 45 FalseFlag // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    plz ashley stump up the cash for a decent forward.

  • 46 Partizan // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Columbus-19……………Gameiro would be excellent imo and probably 6 mill euros could be his price.

    But i’d go for a much better player from Cagliari….Alessandro Matri for 9-10 mill euros

    This is a player we desperately need in our attack,very pacey,excellent aerial abilities,great accurate shot….he reminds me of Inzaghi 10 years ago.

  • 47 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    6mil, 9mil, 10mil


  • 48 Bryan // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Noir9- I do not disagree with anything you have said, but dont try and say just because he has not taken anything out of the club that that is ok. The club still owe him around £100m and he WILL take that back at some stage. He did not right off this clubs debt like the guy at Chelsea, people need to reliase that. He’s a big boy, he came into this club with his eyes wide open.
    What I am trying to say is, you only get what you pay for. A good owner will know its all about finding the right balance between investing in the club and balancing the books, and rightly so. This is were I think Ashley has failed. If you and other people are happy with our club buying bargain basement players, and hoping to compete in this league, then thats fine. IMO I think you are deluded if you think this approach is one that will benefit the standing of this club. Because as we go backwards, and that is exactly whats happening, other clubs a lot smaller than ours are moving forward simply with the right investment.
    Ultimately I too do not want to see this club have massive debts , but debt is only a problem if it is unsustainable. This club is big enough for that not to happen, especially with a successful team, and theres the catch 22 situation. Does Ashley want to speculate and have a successful team knowing fine well that his revenue will increase greatly, or is he content to penny pinch in the hope of surviving in the PL for a couple of seasons so he can put us up for sale again at an increased price? IMO its the latter. You will also find that the players wages are now below 50% of turnover. This will be one of the lowest in the PL.
    As supporters what do we want, a team competing for hounors with a sustainable debt, or a team competing to stay in this league with no debt. I know which one I want.

  • 49 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    fans keep saying we are been pessimistic when we say our three signings havent really improved our squad much, i think its realisitic, perch is average at best, and i have always said that, hes ok as a utility player, gosling is out till jan at the earliest, and sol campbell isnt fit yet, but is a good signing in my opinion, we need 2-3 players if we dont want to struggle badly. Im not that concerned about the best injury, he is poor anyways, and i also said that before we signed him, looked average at best at coventry, we should have paid the extra cash for beckford or moses at the time. We need a winger, striker and another defender. I really cant see ben arfa coming, someone will come in with an acceptable cash bid, they need funds

  • 50 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Solaid back – ta for those stats; confirms a lot of what we’re both saying on strikers, i.e. Lover is pretty damned good (probably our best) and Strolla’s really not far off the other two. I personally think that between them we’ll get plenty.

    Doesn’t put Ranger above any of them, though – he just isn’t cooked yet. Massive talent, mind :)

    Get me Ben Arfa on loan and a decent understudy for Jose (van Arnie ideally), and I’m very happy. Another cracking window, cleverly executed to build on January’s successes.

    Gwaarn CH. Doing fine, fella.

  • 51 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Ah – sorry, Solaid back: forgot to admit defeat concede on the other the point about Shola. He was only our best last season.

    (That’d be the CCC one, then… ;) )

  • 52 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    geordielad880 – so you honestly think our current squad, plus someone like ben Arfa, couldn’t get more points than 3 of the other teams?


  • 53 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Did you lads see that the Mackems have got terms agreed on a loan to buy for Onuoha from Citeh

  • 54 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    I agree, Ranger is not ready, he needs a year on loan somewhere where he can play week in week out.

    The lad needs time on the pitch.

  • 55 Nicholas // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    My fellow toon army,

    personally, i think we need at least 3 players, a reserve LB, winger, a stiker.

    i still have strong feeling that BA will come, nut if he doesnt, potential signings could be SWP from city, Korren from WBA, or how about loans of dos santos or outright buys like nable from west ham.

    As for a LB, if enrique gets an injury, we are gonna struggle, what about insua on potential loan, sylvinho, gallas. they are free and have experience in the premiership.

    Ameobi, even though u gotta love him, is not premiership quality and needs to be sold to championship club, the money would be useful. Bellamy would be a class act, kenae from spurs wouldnt be bad either, Gudjonson wants a return to the PL and is a class act.

    the squad as a whole looks gd, and the unity they have will benefit us! apart from the top 8/9 in the PL, everyone else is of a pretty similar quality! i think 12/13 finish for the toon this year!!

  • 56 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    whumpie im not saying they couldnt, but you dont want it to be close and down to the wire, 2-3 more shrewd signings and we would finish 14th ish in my opinion, i dont think we will go down, last time when we got relegated i backed us to go down early in the season after a month, so im not that bad a judge really, everyone laughed when i put the money on it happening

  • 57 Partizan // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    What makes you sure that he even paid our debt when he bought the club,,,and he bought it very cheap.

    Just before he bought us there were statements that we will be a powerhouse in Europe in 4 years time.

    This man clearly only has 1 ambition in his mind,,and that is to survive in the epl,nothing else.Thats more than enough for him.

    Every single club has debts
    How come clubs like Genoa survived from
    Seria C(3rd league) just 4 years ago and will fight for 4th place in Seria A this season.

    They invested so much more money than us in the last 2-3 years in a much weaker league than the Epl.
    And off course the results are obvious
    1 Portugal GK Eduardo
    2 Brazil DF Diego Ângelo
    3 Italy DF Dario Dainelli
    4 Italy DF Domenico Criscito
    5 Morocco MF Houssine Kharja
    7 Italy MF Marco Rossi (captain)
    8 Argentina FW Rodrigo Palacio
    9 Italy FW Robert Acquafresca
    10 Italy FW Raffaele Palladino
    13 Montenegro DF Ivan Fati?
    14 Italy FW Giuseppe Sculli
    17 Serbia MF Boško Jankovi?
    18 Brazil DF Rafinha
    20 Italy MF Giandomenico Mesto
    23 Italy DF Andrea Ranocchia (on loan from Inter)
    26 Italy DF Salvatore Bocchetti
    30 Italy FW Luca Toni
    34 Italy FW Gianmarco Zigoni
    40 Serbia DF Nenad Tomovi?
    42 Portugal MF Miguel Veloso
    73 Italy GK Alessio Scarpi
    77 Italy MF Omar Milanetto
    87 Belgium DF Anthony Vanden Borre
    88 Hungary FW Gergely Rudolf
    92 Italy GK Mattia Perin
    — Argentina MF Franco Zuculini (on loan from Hoffenheim)
    — Ghana FW Richmond Boakye
    24 Italy DF Emiliano Moretti

    Not even a single player was in the team when they got relegated to Seria C,,thats the year when they were suppose to get promoted to Seria A cos they won the promotion and all that,,but when the season finished they got demoted to Seria C.

    Now thats a comeback from a horrible downfall.
    Just imagine…you have the likes of Diego Milito in your team ready for Seria A challenge and ll of a sudden you are in Seria C.

    Ashley is a s**m of the earth and will always be a fat, cheap, no style ,Shrekface disgrace of a human being.
    — Spain DF Chico
    — Italy FW Mattia Destro

  • 58 Partizan // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    NufcRychigo….I know those are huge figures,but thats the reality in the world’s most expensive league.If he cant handle that,then he should just quit and sell the club.

  • 59 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Its not about not handling it, we need to clear the debts and get the club back to making a profit again, the club should be self sufficient.

    We should only spend what we can afford, I cant see us spending upwards of £6m on a player for a while to come yet.

  • 60 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM


    I cant see us spending that either for a while, but thats what you need to spend to get decent players, i know there is the odd exception to the rule, but not very often, we need to get value for money, if you pay 6m for a player who is 23 and going to improve massively then its well worth the investment, its getting the right players, and that where ashley needs to get the right scouting network in place, we need to improve links with local sides in my opinion aswell.

  • 61 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    its like at the minute we could go out and get:-

    cairney (hull) probably around 4-5 m, going to be amazing.

    Leroy Fer (feyenoord) would cost around 7m

    Andreas beck (hoffenheim) would cost around 4-5m

    All these players i would pretty much guarentee would make money from, seen them loads, beck played with ozil in the german under 21′s and them 2 stood out when i seen them, and was right about ozil :-)

    These are the sort of players i think in the future we need to look at, all under 24, and have already proven themselves quite alot in their short careers

  • 62 chuck // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Time to get off the dime if we are to bring anyone in before it`s too late.
    Ben Arfa= see Modric a coupla seasons ago.
    Ireland= @£8m. you kidding !
    Boateng=going to Italy !
    Billy Knot= not!
    Look every supposed bid we have made has been laughed at, who the f**k is doing the negotiating .
    We have been touted as going down or sixteenth @ best.
    The Stoke`s, Wolves, Wigan and the rest of the also rans are outspending a club that has the third largest attendance in the league , with an owner who is wealthier than most.
    Well guess it`s gonna be the undiscovered gems for nowt (the Billy Knots) etc.
    But unlike L`pool & Man U. we are on the right path, cutting our cloth according.
    So guess it`s gonna be a tough boring season playing long ball up to Carroll.
    But what do I know, we could sign Messi next week prhaps!

  • 63 Harley. // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    What about benjani?

    Man City have released him along with silvestre, worth a gamble if it wont cost us a penny. I seem to remember him scoring a few goals a few seasons back untill he became a bench warmer at city.

  • 64 Wright // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Benjani won’t get 15 goals
    and for those who say that a 15 goal striker is not needed
    Doyle for wolves
    tevez for west ham
    zarate for birmingham
    i think
    craig dawson

  • 65 Shot Bru // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    With regard to the strikers we have….they’re not a bunch that really set the world alight apart from maybe Caroll if he fulfills his promise. As for Ranger i don’t get it with him, way overhyped… i would swap him for Crystal Palace’s 17 yr old striker Wilfred Zaha who is a huge prospect for the future according to palace fans i’ve been speaking to who think he’s twice the player Victor Moses is…. and he looked the real deal at the weekend.

  • 66 MacToon // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Firstly, can we name a 25 man squad that the FA require. 21 and under not counted, (possibly Gosling, STaylor and Best (maybe) out ’til Christmas so may not be included in the initial 25 man squad)

    Secondly, it’s obvious, even without counting the squad, that we need strengthening in certain areas whether it’s cover or competition for places.

    Next, it’s obvious (to me) Ashley is doing everything “on the cheap” and imo gambling again with our future in the prem. Luckily for us CH is doing a great job even with these restrictions in place.

    Finally, imo we need 25 players to fill our squad, that should be the target and these players should ALL be able to compete for positions in the 1st team and not just there to fill the gaps and to make up the numbers.

    It’s seems blatantly obvious what we need to do but time’s running out. I do have faith in CH and really hope he manages Newcastle United well this season.

  • 67 howay man // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    the rumours ive heard already today;
    Stephen Ireland spotted outside the club shop in newcastle (sky sports news rumours), chris eagles has checked into a hotel in newcastle (mates). and that we are planning a 1 million swoop on liverpool for martin kelly and nathan eccleston (mates).

  • 68 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I dont understand why we didnt go for :- seb larrsen, m.g pedersen, beckford, ledley if we dont have much money, they would have improved the squad, i would have prefered other players, but you can only get what you can afford.

  • 69 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    howayman there is no chance on stephen ireland, his wages are too high, and its off the skysports rumour page, so ummm no.
    And i would take eagles, decent player, and can play on either flank.

  • 70 Shot Bru // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Wright your point about needing a striker who scores 15 goals is debatable as far as i’m concerned. Look at the likes of Fulham and Bolton who did alright last season by spreading the goals throughout their team. Fulhams top scorer was Zamora with 8, assisted by his teamates Duff and Dempsey. Bolton’s top scorer was Klasnic and Taylor with 8 and Davies with 7. I reckon the likes of Carroll, Krands, Barton and Nolan could possibly score at least 7 or 8 each this season without having to go out and buy a ‘prolific goalscorer’

  • 71 Howay The Lads // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Wright, Doyle got 9 goals last season so bang goes your theory

  • 72 howay man // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    we definitley missed a trick with Joe ledley.

  • 73 toonbadger // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I`ve just come back after watching the toons training session and if its anything to go by, we need at least 4 more players very quickly, namely a top striker, a good attacking midfielder and experienced right and left backs. On Andy Carrolls back injury, he looked fine with no problems with his movement and Kevin Nolan was the best trainer of the day looking very fit and sharp

  • 74 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    CH on SSN right now

  • 75 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Didn’t sound too great on the Arfa front but he certainly hasn’t given up signing a couple more players at least.

  • 76 howay man // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    didnt sound good about Ben Arfa

  • 77 Obafan // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Why am I doing this to myself?
    Every day I have big expecations when I open this blog to see which player(s) joined NUFC.

    But since Ashley took over every transfer window was a strange thing;
    1. linked with a lot of players
    2. no communication whatsoever from the club (only CH comments and he is doing a fansastic job)
    3. every time we seem to bid for a specific player the deal seems to happen and then all of the sudden something happens (club blocks transfer ie. Arfa, player goes to another team ie. Modric, …).

    We need to strengthen our team ASAP, cause it will be a very long and hard season if we stick with the lads we’ve got now (we have a few very good players, but the squad is so thin and some positions need to be strengthened).

  • 78 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    geordielad880 – I think the answer to your question is probably that they just weren’t worth the price. He may have gone on a ‘free’ but Beckford is probably picking up obscene wages at Everton – more than CH considered worth it on a player unproven at the top level.

    I think we all just have to admit that we know very little about the transfer process, and less still about individual cases.

    Won’t stop us typing opinions on here, though :)

  • 79 Isaac Hunt // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    I can’t believe he still has his tank parked on my lawn

  • 80 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    I agree you dont need a 15 goal a season striker, but our midfielders dont score many apart from maybe nolan, cant see barton scoring many goals, maybe guthrie might get a few. 15 goal a season strikers are hard to come by, and very expensive!

    Shane long would have been a decent signing as a squad player, he is the right age, and wouldnt cost that much, i would have got him rather than best when we signed him.

  • 81 Howay The Lads // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    geordielad, maybe we went for them but they prefered the other options. We have to face it, we aren’t as big a draw as we used to be, but we can still compete with the bottom half

  • 82 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    As the reporter said to Chris we are a club that now holds its cards extremally close to its chest. It’s obviously very frustrating for all media outlets, including SSN. The truth of the matter is that nobody really knows who we are after and how much we’re willing to pay for it.

    Incrediabbly frustrating for us lot but I admire how well we now cover our tracks so the media can’t hamper any transfers. I still find it exciting at least! ;)

  • 83 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 1:55 PM


  • 84 howay man // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Have faith in hughton, we have 20 days untill the window shuts, we expect 3 players brought in. we always do business on deadline day.
    statistics say we will sign a player by the 20th
    we should have another player by the 30th
    and we get one more on deadline day.

    so our next player will sign within 9 days. trust me. ;)

  • 85 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    All these suggestions and slaggings-off about missed opportunities…

    Does it not occur to anyone that CH and co have good reason not to get these players? They have to be available, good value, fit into the culture, meet a strategic need, be low-risk and be interested in coming to our club. Then their families have to be up for it, the terms have to be right, the contracts, sell-on clauses all have to be right, injury and even psych profiles sorted.

    ALL of that has to be looked into, and a lot of experience and knowledge applied before you can hope to find the two or three players on the planet that could fit.

    WE know naff-all of the above factors, yet we have a go at the club because so-and-so is such an obvious fit for the club, based on all that information that we don’t have access to.

    Armchair experts’ AGM on here!

  • 86 howay man // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:13 PM,19528,11678_6304174,00.html

    is this french muppet stupid, Joey’s gunna get ya!

  • 87 magpies1 // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    has any1 heard about an injury to best?

    maybe could be a good thing as it would force ashley to put his hand in his pocket

  • 88 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    i heard we enquired about jason roberts on loan, hope thats not true!! :-(

  • 89 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Source geordielad?

  • 90 Thump // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    @magpies1: no I haven’t, but yet again it looks like we’re going to have a bad season of injuries if this keeps up :(

    Linked with Mancienne again. Hm…

  • 91 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    a mate of mine is a sparky down there and he heard it, and its on teamtalk, saying newcastle and west brom have been linked with him

  • 92 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Cheers mate. Can’t see it happening though/no thanks anyway!

  • 93 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    same here mate, a few years ago i would have had him on loan as cover, but not now! we need someone with pace, he is to similar to what we have already

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Wouldn’t wish it on him, but Best has done nothing but hinder Ranger’s chances since he got here. Pointless player and pointless signing.
    Ranger may now get his chance.

    We should be playing the likes of Ranger, Vuksic and Krul, instead of looking for other people’s loans. The people who say they are for the future, well in a lot of cases tomorrow never comes and they need to be out there playing for us now.

  • 95 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    agreed rotonda, all three are easily good enough, and i would also throw kadar into the mix aswell, would loan out donaldson and tavernier

  • 96 Thump // Aug 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Definitely loan out Donaldson and Tavernier, they could really benefit from first team football and seeing their performances so far, I’d say they’re definitely pushing for a spot in the starting 11

  • 97 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I agree that three of the above 4 mentioned are ready to play a part in the squad next season, but I am not convinced of Ranger’s ability as of yet. Think a loan down to the Championship is still the best option for him. Although now with Best’s injury that situation may have changed.

  • 98 geordielad880 // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    we could have a decent side for cup games even using a few young players





  • 99 JerseyGeordie // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    when fat cashley took over the toon it was a ticking time bomb with little time left. He came in like a school boy with a new toy not realizing that it was about to blow up in his face. The previous lot knew this and sold the club quickly and quietly. He then cut the wrong wire on said bomb and made the clock tick faster! A little over a year ago it blew and here we stand today. Still picking up the rubble. We are not in the same possition as most clubs to be able to compete with them on the money side yet. But we are on the right path.
    Fat cashley has good intentions imo. I believe he showed that with the money he threw around when he took over the club even though it was in vain. He relied on the wrong people and they made bad moves and he rightfully suffered for it. But like a baby has to fall a few times before he learns to walk, cashley had to fail before he learned how a football club should be run. The man is walking now and he has the right people in place.
    I hate that i am one of the few people, maybe in the world that has faith in him, but it’s how i honestly feel. I think he showed his intentions when he first bought the club by putting money into it. He wants to win and now realizes it has to be done slowly. Last year was our first step foward in probably a decade, and given another 2 years with the current structure, we will be a force again. I don’t believe we will be in a relegation fight, i don’t believe they will let that happen again. There will be appropriate investment to assure that just like there was appropriate investment in jan to assure that we won the league, not just simply won promotion. As much as i wanted his neck in a noose a year ago, i believe now that this is the best the club has been run in ages. Our time is coming in 2 to 5 years.
    I know most of you don’t agree with me and a lot of you won’t bother to read this due to the length, but i truely believe that if we give this group some time we will be rewarded. Finally…

  • 100 toonpigeon // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    I think if we could get Eagles that may be a good deal. I would love Ireland to come here but isn’t he meant to be involved in the Milner deal. I saw somewhere else that Hughton still hasn’t decided on a captain and that he may be waiting for a certain player to come in. The problem is we haven’t be backed by our owner in the transfer window. Other teams around us like the mackems, stoke and wigan have all bought players to improve their squad and we haven’t. We need a good couple of days to get some new players for the man u game.

  • 101 Shot Bru // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Think you hit the nail on the head JerseyGeordie. I would like to see if MA is brave enough to stick with CH when we hit a bad patch of form during the season and flirting with relegation. I couldn’t face a repeat of the relegation season when we chopped and changed managers every other month. Lets hope he’s learnt his lesson with regards to stability and sticking with the same manager.

  • 102 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Hoots is now denying any contact with Ben Arfa!!,19528,11661_6306202,00.html

  • 103 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Good words from Hoots:

    “There had to be some realism of where we are. We want to be a stable Premier League team and for that we have to work hard this year and allow this club to grow again.

    “There are some wonderful signs here, we know what this club can be but we are a long way away from that at the moment.”

  • 104 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    This IS NOT the striker we want/need:

  • 105 toonpigeon // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Maybe he is using the Ben Arfa saga to get a player in underneath the radar, like he did in January with Routledge. If he does that again and it is someone who is of high calibre then that would be very good.

  • 106 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    I have a feeling that there is some activity going on in the background. Our policy nowadays is to not talk about stuff till its done and, to me, that makes sence.

  • 107 toonpigeon // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    I agree with you @NUFC_Richyg01, makes sense to talk about the deal when it is done. If you talk about it whilst it is going on, you may get the fans hopes up too much

  • 108 JerseyGeordie // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    thats exactly what i mean. you feel that everyone is on the same page and ready to knuckle down and put the time in that is needed.
    we have an old ferrari and we need to fix it slowly, and fix it right.
    we could go out and buy another one and have a little joy for a while but what good would that be knowing that in due time the bank would just come in and take it away leaving us with nowt…

    shot bru, i think cashley really values Hoots and i think he’ll stick by him when that hitch comes. maybe hard for fans to get on Hoots tho with expectations down and the measure of the man. but then again toon fans have always had short memories…

  • 109 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    JerseyGeordie @ 89 – so well said!
    I know many have different opinions, and I respect them too – but you’ve summed up my best guess on the Ashley story perfectly. It’s the only explanation that fits with everything we’ve seen so far. Well – most of it.

    I also hope you’re right; it suggests he’s on the right path now, albeit just walking.

  • 110 jackdnufc // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Jersy Geordie. You’re certainly not the only one who sees it that way… let me assure you! The way you put it is exactly how I see it but, like you also say, I do respect the opinions of others who disagree, as long as they don’t sound too ridiculous in the way, and the reasons why, they still hate Ashley.

  • 111 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Further Good words from Hoots:

    “We’ve said all along that we need to boost the squad,” said Hughton, who led the club to the Championship title last season.

    “It’s difficult, but it’s about getting the right players in at the right values.

    “We know how difficult the Premier League will be and we know we need to increase the squad.

    “We are in the process of hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, doing some business.”

  • 112 Stardust // Aug 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM


    Re 89 – I have advocated that even throughout the KK debacle.

    The other factor that needs to be considered – MA bought us to have “some fun” in his words, he was worth almost 2 bn at the time.

    The “bomb” was a combination of all you have said and the fact he lost 1.3bn of his wealth overnight in the crunch.

    I could never understand that people wouldnt give him credit for the fact that he had lost most of his wealth yet at one point had almost half his net worth invested in us. Yet still they hated him without thinking what he had done for Newcastle and where we would be without him (we wouldnt have survived the crash thats for sure)

    I was totally and am pro Ashley and I am not afraid to say it (ask Whumpie – I have argued these points what seems liek forever). Of course mistakes were amde – and will be again – thats life isnt it? But I love our current direction – to achieve an enduring club – built on solid foundations – where growth and success are earned not bought like a hooker (a la Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool.)

    Hookers are eventually tossed aside when their bodies are ruined – never to be the same again……………………..

  • 113 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    @ Shot Bru & JerseyGeordie

    Ashley HAS TO stick with Hoots, that is somewhere else the club have failed so badly in the past, not giving managers the time they need in the job.

    Do Manure sack Fergie if he doesnt win the title?

    I dont see why Owners and Chairmen are always so quick to swing the axe when things start going pear shaped.

    At the end of the day it is down to the 11 men on the pitch, and the best way to get them performing is to get behind them, rather than wasting time with chants of sack the board, sack the manger, sack whoever.


  • 114 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    @ Stardust

    Good Post,

    I too am Pro Ashley and Pro Sensible moves in the Transfer Market.

  • 115 sweendog // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I’m pro newcastle .. so far Ashleys not been good .. hopefully he can sort it out…

  • 116 JerseyGeordie // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    i never even considered what may have happened to the club during the crash if the previous lot were still in charge. good shout! even though it just gave me a mini day-mare…
    and i agree, i would much rather earn a trophy than buy one. bought trophies are good for casual fans who don’t seem to be around when times are tough…
    i think owners are quick to listen to the mob because what they care about above all is having fannies in the seats. Hoots has his finger on the pulse here and i believe he can keep everyone, well most lol, positive.

  • 117 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Fannies in seats? So many jokes, I don’t even know where to start!

    Oooer missus!

  • 118 Stardust // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Sweendog – I feel a lot of the ill feeling can be traced back to two groups of individuals.

    The first and obvious were FFS and The Halls. Over many years many of us watched as they removed every single penny of our past present and future into their grubby pockets. Each year they were taking dividends (around 5mn in several) out of the club – when all commentators were astounded as we were on the face of it broke.

    NUFC were a PLC at the time, but principally the club was owned by the FFS etc and local fans – many of whom put up £1500 quid to grab “their bonanza” and to own a stake of a club they loved.

    Normal city rules are in place to protect such activity – but when your shareholders are naive and inexperienced – the swindle was easy and straight forward.

    To achieve this and to distract the fans as to what was happening – another group was needed. Step in Mr Alan Oliver – the poisonous pen of FFS.

    Sensationalist headlines were written – trophy signings (yet to be paid for) were parade and masqueraded as a sure sign of success. The fans being naive lapped it up – and wanted more.

    SO the circle continued for many years – FFS held the eyes by using the press whilst take take taking everything he could. Alan Oliver and Thompson House ably aided and abetted him – for it was in their interest to sell papers too.

    Many of my friends even called Thompson House to remonstrate with him. AO simply said what was he to do – to get more stories he had to write what they gave him.

    So in essence – expectation and a way of supporting was formed by the many during this time, so when MA came around, the world markets crashed and Keegan walked – fans needed someone to blame.

    Of course it could have been handled better. PR PR PR how many times did we shout it – over time with experience of our situation and education – fans up and down the country have now learned at our expense – look at Villa and MON – the fans are pragmatic in the main “we have to learn to live within our means” – CH is truly “managing” this club – not just demanding money to spend in the name of preening his own ego and short term self interested goals at the club (step in Keegan and O’Neil)

    It looks like we learned the harshest lesson – but it enabled us at least 2 years head start on everyone else – even now some dont seem to have learned the dangers of short termism – many of our fans however now have – and I like it that way.

  • 119 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    @ Sweendog

    Ashley not been good by using his own cash to pay wages of players?

    He realised last season, when we were relegated, that he needed to get rid of the highest earners to get the wages to a managable level.

    He also knew he could not clear the decks and bring in loads of bargain basement buys, because we would not have come back up.

    We won the CCC, because he was sensible enough to keep players who are too good for that league, hence our points tally.

    So to say Ashley has not been good is very, very harsh, sure he has made mistakes along the way, but the club is in much better financial state than it was before.

  • 120 moonraker // Aug 11, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    send Shola out on loan and put faith in Nile Ranger as back up to AC and Lovens. I get depressed every time Shola gets on the ball and starts his step-overs slowing down the play in the process. Nile is gonna be a top player and he should get a chance with us next season. Whatever the cynics say we are gonna be hard to beat at home next season because the spirit is good. You can have any amount of top players but if they dont perform as a team you get beat, as was proved when we got relegated. That team, on paper should never have gone down and I think the doom and gloom merchants are wrong; we’ll be ok next season with a couple of additions. Get behind the team; you could be a Blackpool, WBA, Wigan or Wolves supporter! they should be worried!

  • 121 JerseyGeordie // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see FFS put his 2 pence in once the ship is steadied to try and plunder once again…

  • 122 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I think Shola needs to go one way or another.

    To be honest, he has had his chances, he found his level last year, so why keep him?

    I say sell the lad.

  • 123 Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    So Ben Arfa is out the window then?

    Oh well I can see our “2 signings” been very disapointing to say the least. If we want to do well next year we need to take a gamble and sign a player who could actualy improve the squad, Ben Arfa is that kind of signing, yes he seems like a bit of a prick but thats the only reason we have a chance of signing him (and he would improve us immensley).

    I dont know exactly what is going on behind closed doors, but it seems as though we just are not willing to splash out any cash at all, anything over the 2 mill mark seems to be a no go.

    Our squad currently has no spark, it has a decent set of players, and I think we could comfortably get a 15th place finish due to other sides around us been fairly poor, but there is nothing in the side that can just switch on and win us a game (ala Martins).

  • 124 Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    The reason we should keep Shola is because we have no-one else.

    We litteraly have 5 strikers in the side, 2 of which we don’t know how they will be next year (Xisco & Ranger). God forbid if both Carroll and Lovenkrands were injured we would be left with the huge gamble of plaer Xisco and Ranger up top.

    Now Shola gets far too much stick, yes when we had the likes of Shearer and Owen in the side that stick was well called for, but as of current he’s no worse than what we have in 1st choice, and certainly no worse than some of the dross the other sides who will populate the bottom 5-6 of the league have.

  • 125 moonraker // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t envy Man city with all their money?

    I can see nothing but trouble brewing there with their chaotic transfers and now Bellers and Shay have started crowing there could be some good loan signings coming up.

    I can see City having to let some go and still be paying part of the wages.

    I’m sure CH is watching with interest as they are still adding to their squad!!

    Fergie must be having a chuckle cos they’re ‘throwing’ that squad together. I hear Tevez is none too pleased either! hee hee

  • 126 Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    I maybe don’t envy the way City are just signing people for the fun of it (I think it’s just getting rediculas now as the 25 man ruling has shown), but I would love us to be in the situation to such a thing, instead of having to settle for Perch and Gosling etc. Don’t get me wrong I think those 2 could be good signings for the club, but i’d prefer us to be signing players like James Milner (back), Adam Johnson, Yaya Toure, David Silva etc etc, I think you get the drift.

  • 127 Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Infact it’s making me depressed how far we’ve gone backwards since Robson was sacked.

  • 128 moonraker // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Maybe our time will come again in the future but at the moment I’m actually excited to find out how the lads will cope.

    I’m sure MA will sanction some spending if we get some early hammerings but we only have one agenda next season…staying up and I’m pretty confident we will achieve that and more.

    City on the other hand, have to win the league with that squad or heads will roll for sure; they aint gonna be satisfied with 4th are they?

  • 129 moonraker // Aug 11, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    By the way, I seem to recall the so called experts predicting we would ‘do a Leeds’ this time last season!!!

  • 130 ashleys wallets cobwebs // Aug 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    cant believe all the ” love ” on the blog for “uncle ” mike , what a crock of shit , the man is a w****r , we are in a much worse situation under him now than we have ever been , jesus christ wake up

  • 131 cynicaltoonfan // Aug 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Dont worry about ben arfa lads i have friends in Marseilles and they say he is equally livid about OM playing games with us for his transfer. It even says in their local papers ( i speak french ) that he was looking foward to playing aganist manure on monday and that his agents are appalled by OMs tactics to try and get more money for him.
    I look foward to watching him play i dont know if i want him to have a good game because if he does intrest in him will only increase !
    anyway here are links for the france game for those who dont want to watch the over rated England play ( not to say france are better lol !)

  • 132 baro // Aug 11, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Hopefully we get all 3 players we need. Hatem Ben Arfa, a class striker like bellamy, and Patrik van Aanholt.

  • 133 Colombus // Aug 11, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Just home from seeing Ben Arfa live at Ullevåll Oslo Norway. He impressed me, scored a beautiful goal and I really hope we land him! Redknapp was on the stands though and that could mean serious trouble for us :(

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