Newcastle United had a quiet day in the transfer market yesterday, as no more players were signed by the club, and the late effort to bring Robbie Keane to Tyneside on loan fell through.
Chris Hughton – happy with quiet day
Chris Hughton told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I was content to have a quiet deadline day. I was still in my office all day because you are never entirely sure what is going to happen, but I am perfectly happy with what we’ve managed to do in the transfer window.”
“I’m pleased with the players I’ve been able to sign and I feel I have got the targets I wanted in the areas that needed to be strengthened over the summer.”
“The most important thing was we did the best we could in the circumstances. Everyone had to be realistic about the financial situation. There wasn’t a lot of money spent by anyone really in this window, but we’ve managed to bring in some good players and I’ve pretty much done everything I wanted to do.”
“I’ve been really pleased with the support I’ve been given by the owner to do what needed to be done before the window shut, but I’m relieved it has shut. It is a bit of a distraction.” “Now we can just get on with the season and hopefully continue what has been a pretty good start for us.”
Newcastle’s outgoings this summer have been the departure of Nicky Butt and Fabrice Pancrate, whose contracts ran out, and Reserve team players Kazenga LuaLua on loan to Brighton, and Fraser Forester on loan to Celtic.
And transfer-listed Steven Taylor will remain on Tyneside, and we were pleased that Newcastle turned down a potential loan move to Celtic for him yesterday.
We have to hope he will sign a new contract for Newcastle in the next few weeks, otherwise he will probably become a free agent next summer, and the club will get little for him, but they will be due some compensation for the 24 year-old, since he came through the Youth ranks at Newcastle.
Keane would have been a good experienced addition to the Newcastle squad, but in the end it seems that Robbie wanted to stay put at White Hart Lane, where he is way down the pecking order.
Hughton admits Newcastle looked at bringing in another striker, as he continued:
“We did look at bringing in another striker on loan, but I was always mindful of the fact that, if we were going to do that, it had to be someone considerably better than what we have already got here.” “There wasn’t anyone available who was going to do that so we left it. There was no point signing someone just for the sake of it.”
“We’ve got Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi who can play up there on their own, with Kevin Nolan playing slightly higher up the pitch. And we’ve got young Nile Ranger who is coming on in leaps and bounds, as well as Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best.”
Another important point to realize is that Newcastle kept most of the youngsters on Tyneside, with Nile Ranger available, and he again scored last night in the Reserves 3-1 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
If Nile is coming on in leaps and bounds, he should make a few appearances for the first team through January.