Three Players Needed And Only Twenty Days Left

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.

133 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Left Back, Winger and a Striker needed.

  • curmon

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • RichK

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    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.

  • sweendog

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    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..

  • sweendog

    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    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..

  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    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!!!

  • freddie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

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

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

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

  • Whumpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    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?

  • howay man

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

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

  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    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!!!

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    ed clearer my comments plz

  • sweendog

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    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 ..

  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    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!!!

  • sweendog

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    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 .. 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #16

    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!!!

  • Whumpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    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.

  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    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???

  • Solaidback

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    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

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    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

  • sweendog

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    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..

  • Colombus

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    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?

  • Bryan

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    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.

  • RichK

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

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

  • shearertodomorebigmacads

    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25

    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.

  • Ericles

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Well said Whumpie!

  • hadthetshirt

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    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.

  • Darling27

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

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

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    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.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30

    @ Darling27 (23)

    Wheres Best news from???

  • Whumpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    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.

  • Darling27

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #32

    NUFC_Richyg01 it’s on

  • NE63 MAG

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33

    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 !!

  • Whumpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    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.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #35

    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.

  • Darling27

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #36


    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.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37

    @ Darling27 (30)

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

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • jasonbourne

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #39

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

  • CongletonTOON

    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #40

    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!!!


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