The Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton says he is happy with the Magpies’ squad he has assembled over the summer.
Chris Hughton – happy with squad
There was news yesterday that owner Mike Ashley would allow Chris to be at least one player in the Januray transfer window and Newcastle are starting to wonder what will happen with Andy Carroll at his trial for assault in late October.
There’s a chance Andy could serve some jail time and if that is true Newcastle will definitely need another striker brought into the squad -quickly.
And of course Newcastle still have Dan Gosling, who hopefully will be returning at the turn of the year, after recovering from his anterior cruciate ligament knee injury. That’s always a terrible injury to recover from, but skilled surgeons today can repair the ligament so that players can continue their careers, unlike a few years back.
Dan will further help to strengthen the Newcastle side in January.
Hughton told the Sunday Sun yesterday:
“What you have to remember is you’re not just planning for today, you have to think about tomorrow and the next few months.”“I am happy with the squad.”
“They give us something different and they all look like good players.” “Don’t forget we still have Dan Gosling to come back into it when he is fit.”
We fully expect Newcastle to bring in new players in January, and the news yesterday that no money would be made available, we have to think contains some invention from those Sunday newspapers – we hope so anyway.
It’s not just for this season that Newcastle have to continue to strengthen their squad, but the longer term aim over the next few season is not just to stay in the Premier League, which of course is priority number one, but somehow qualify for European competition again.
That’s where we all want to get back to.
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