We’re not going to get carried away with 4 points from 3 games, or even 7 points from 4 games if we can win tomorrow against Blackpool, but we have seen the Newcastle squad get stronger this summer.
Robbie Keane – will he arrive at Newcastle in January?
The new regime at Newcastle is both frugal and thrifty to be sure, but the club has made some of the best deals for a long time in acquiring players like Mike Williamson, Wayne Routledge, Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling.
Those 4 players costs the club around £2.5M, so that’s a good deal in anybody’s book, and you have to think that with the Newcastle scouting operation now further strengthened and in full swing, we could see more good players on good deals arriving at Newcastle this coming January.
We’ve already reported that Newcastle are watching the situation with Wolves central midfielder, David Jones, whose contract runs out next summer, and we’re sure some of the players they couldn’t get this summer could be arriving, including Tottenham’s Robbie Keane, if the Ireland captain doesn’t play much at Tottenham in the first half of the season.
And we are supposed to be keen on Dutch 21 year-old striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who is currently at Utrecht, with Liverpool another club said to be interested in the youngster.
Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job for the club since he was appointed caretaker manager 14 months ago, and that cannot and shouldn’t be under-estimated.
And as we’ve said before, if he had been a bigger name and a more colorful personality he would have received a lot more headlines than he has, given the great job he’s done for the club.
Just think if it was Alan Shearer who had achieved what Chris has over these last 14 months – so you see what we mean.
But it also seems the Newcastle fans are starting to realize that this quiet man could take Newcastle a lot further than we all first thought, when he was appointed to thunderous silence in July of last year.
And Chris himself seems happy that the squad has indeed been strengthened – and he now has a number of selection problems with 3 new players, Sol Campbell, Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa all waiting to make their debuts for the famous Newcastle United club, but all likely to start tomorrow’s game against Blackpool on the bench.
This is what Chris told the Evening Chronicle said about the squad today given the 5 new signings he has made this summer:
“What will happen is the standard of the group will be higher. That’s what you always want.” “If I look at periods last season where there were more young players training in that first-team group, it’s certainly noticeable now that the standard and the quality of the group is better.” “They’re recognised, first-team players.”
As we said earlier, we’re not going to get carried away, at least not too much, but we have to hope that a win tomorrow afternoon, and maybe we can even escape a relegation scrap this season.
If that happens, then it’s another miracle that manager Chris Hughton will have achieved on Tyneside during his fairly short reign in charge of the team.
But first things first, and all that matters right now is that we get all 3 points tomorrow afternoon, and we know that will not be easy.