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Hughton Adamant No New Players Will Arrive In January

4:34 pm, Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon XI // Oct 7, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    We still need a striker with blinding speed. Something our team lacks at the moment.

  • 2 Chris F // Oct 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    something tells me this may just be a clever ploy to try and put off the tabloids.

    chris isn’t daft, and the fact is that if we pick up another bad injury or two, we may have to sign someone in january regardless.

  • 3 Toon XI // Oct 7, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Chris F –

    I thought that very thing myself.

  • 4 nden85 // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    @ toon XI; we have mcloverpants, who i can’t believe hasn’t been given a real chance this season, think how good he was last season running onto carroll’s flick ons time after time. really clever player and actually a pretty decent finisher too, needs to be given a crack.

  • 5 pizzicatochan // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Ed, guess you haven’t learned the way how Houghton deals with the media… don’t be pessimistic, please.

    There isn’t any surprise buy in January, but we already know that we keep having trailists… one like Moyo, is for free! We just need to keep our eyes open on how we do business now.

    And you know…. Shane Ferguson was a left wing. What has our team done to him to make him a great left back? There are some unknown possibilities within our team.

    Ed, again, calm down. There isn’t any panicking needed.

  • 6 atom // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Judging by Hoot’s comments over the Summer, I would think this statement is just a ploy. I would love a direct replacement for Ben Arfa- but not sure where that would come from if you take into account the money involved. I mean where you gonna find a loan (or tranfer) of his quality and ability to create and finish for $5mil? What about Landon Donovan as a temp loan like Everton did last season?

  • 7 wynsleap // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Problem is Campbell, Taylor, Guthrie, Gosling and Simpson, however welcome they will be, won’t help our attack which is looking distinctly frail.
    Carroll – who can’t get in the first team at the moment it seems. Ameobi – who should never be anywhere near it. Lovenkrands – who appears to be out of favour entirely. Ranger – a great prospect but can’t get game time and Best – less said the better.
    Surely a good class striker is a must for the team – or am I missing something here?

  • 8 Howay The Lads // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    We’re not falling for that one AGAIN, Chris!

    Hughton’s done this act about three times now. If any other team’s managers et cetera believe it then it’s fine by me though :D

  • 9 pizzicatochan // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    I thought I saw that Andy had virus or something… he was ill last week.

  • 10 pizzicatochan // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    How about getting Henry on temp loan? Wow… never thought of that.

  • 11 pizzicatochan // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    I guess US has a really great pool of players that we can get temp loan from. Like I said, don’t forget Henry if we really need someone.

  • 12 GeordieGerman // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Chris saying that there will be no transfers done in January is a bit like him saying he will be playing 4-4-2 at a home game…

    … We’ve suss’t you Chris.

  • 13 cynicaltoonfan // Oct 7, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    How about Sergio Canales of real madrid
    I am a huge fan of spanish football
    and this kid is the next huge talent
    he is injured at the moment but i think he might find it difficult to break in in front of Ozil and Kaka so a loan bid would be incredible ( just dreaming)

  • 14 CT // Oct 7, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    If we are hovering around relegation end of the year, which I don`t think we will be there will be some action, or if Carrol get`s time. Say nothing then do your biz QUICKLY AND QUIETLY IS OUR WAY NOW!! Better than saying Rooney is on his way ala Shephard and insulting our intelligence!!

  • 15 Geordiedoonsooth // Oct 7, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Loan signings I reckon

  • 16 CT // Oct 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Last season Shola started like a train albeit in the championship until, injured again v Forest in Carling cup. Without the injury Carrol probably wouldn`t have got a sniff and 19 goals. Like Ranger, but needs game time even as sub!!

  • 17 leedodd // Oct 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    We do need a Quality Striker but need to Play 442 not bleedin 451 and hoping the Man up front is there to bang it in. Playing Jonas on the left Routledge on the right Nolan and Toite in The Middle with Carrol and Pete up front !!!! Lets Not Sqabble and Get Relagated for @@@@@ Sake!!!!!

  • 18 balubas1 // Oct 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    some of u talk about that we need a striker with lots of pace… I would like to see Martins return.. if it could ever happen. Any1 know if he gets any playtime in germany?

  • 19 Toonmania // Oct 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Martins plays somewhere in russia now he left wolfsberg in the summer transfer window

  • 20 GeordieToon89 // Oct 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    he doesnt play in germany any more mate cos he wasnt getn a game nd when he did he was awful hes gone to Rubin Kazan so a dont think we could get him bak plus he wasnt all tht good anyways he did the same mistakes every game week in week out was so frustrating, then he pops up with a super goal ha. he only had pace and a powerful shot..he wasnt a very good finisher 1 on 1 and his first touch wasnt always upto much rather play loverkrandsor ranger tbh

  • 21 CT // Oct 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Martins out injured, didn`t score enuff anyway! Play 442 at home at least and I`m happy with wot we got! Barton/ Guthrie CM will create plenty along wiyh Jonas, Tiote holding but can also create. Gosling back Jan who is similar type to Benny. Not fussed about any player we can afford that is better than what we already have.

  • 22 The Carnivorous Badger // Oct 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    I bet anybody here 10 quid we sign someone in January.

  • 23 Sav // Oct 7, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    True, the idea of our Scouting Dept. hanging an ‘On Vacation’ sign on the door isn’t encouraging but Hoots’ signings have been pretty good so far and one especially good thing about the transfers is they are conducted in camera. We only hear about them when they are done and dusted (Ben Arfa’s excepted, obviously). Much as we all enjoy a bit of speculation and nail-biting, that is the best way to do business. We must keep faith with Hoots and trust if Messi becomes suddenly available, we won’t pass up the opportunity.

  • 24 Thump // Oct 8, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Lads! I’ve just got back from meeting my mate at the airport! LIONEL MESSI WEARING A NEWCASTLE GENERAL HOSPITAL WRISTBAND!! It said “Newcastle United Winger – handle with care (fragile)”

  • 25 Brutooon // Oct 9, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    I dont mind obafemi martins back, he and carroll would be a perfect partnership.

    yes we need the 4-4-2 formation back

    4-5-1 suppose to be a defensive thing but we still CONCEDE goals hehe (sad but truth)




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