When you stick your neck out, there is always a possibility you can get your head chopped off.
Chris Hughton no transfer dealings in January
And with Chris Hughton’s announcement today that he will not be going into the transfer market in January, that kind of blows are hopes that the Newcastle scouts would be out there trolling for new players to be brought in during the January window.
Oh well – wrong again.
This is what Chris told the official web site today:
“I’m disappointed to have lost a player of Hatem’s quality – but we’ll not overreact to one injury in what is a very strong squad,” We won’t be adding to the squad in January; I feel we have a lot of strength in depth with the players we have already and there’s no need to add to it.”
“We completed our squad before the last transfer window and I’m extremely pleased with the players we brought in. Mike Ashley and the board were financially very supportive and, together, we did some very good business in the summer.”
It’s true the club has done some good business this year in the transfer market, bringing in Wayne Routledge, Mike Williamson, Leon Best, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Sol Campbell, Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa on loan and Cheick Tiote, all for a total outlay of just £9M.
When you compare that to what Manchester City have done, for instance, this year in managing to spend over £ 150M on new players – that’s good business for the Newcastle club.
And while the squad is a sturdy one, as shown by the fact we can now field two separate sides of about the same quality, we still lack sufficient creativity and class. And with the loss of Ben Arfa, maybe for the season as the worst case, class will be in short supply now, no doubt about it.
So that’s some of the reasoning behind us hoping the club would look to bring in a couple of players in January – if good ones were available.
It seems to us the club must keep improving the squad, and it’s not just for this one season, but for the upward trajectory of the club that we are hoping to see in the future. Of course we also know there is not too much money available at the club right now, and we therefore have to hope that come January, Chris has got the very best out of his squad, and that we are favorably positioned in the league.
On the positive side, we still haven’t seen too much of Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor has not played much this year at all, and we are still to see Dan Gosling even training at the club.
Add to that the fact that the two Dannys – Simpson and Guthrie – have also not been available yet this season, and that both players had their first games this week for the Reserves side, as part of their comebacks.
So there’s 5 good players of the squad, who have not featured at all this season, apart from Sol playing a couple of games recently. Those players can still do a good job for the club, and we have to hope players in the current squad will come through big time for the Tyneside club from now until the end of the season.
The very worst thing that can happen this season is actual relegation, and the second worst thing is to be involved in a relegation struggle.
Success would be being in mid-table for most of the season – and if we can do that most Newcastle fans will be perfectly happy. Then we can strengthen in the summer and sign Ben Arfa full time as a first step.