Chris Hughton is at least consistent, if nothing else, and has again said today that he does not see Newcastle United being active in the January transfer market.
Chris Hughton – it will not be stressful for us in January
Last year it was a different matter, with Newcastle top of the Championship, and wanting to bring in some new players to ensure the promotion bid was maintained, which it was with the signings of Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Wayne Routledge and Leon Best.
We were hoping that the excellent rumor that Newcastle would be in for Adam Johnson from Man City for a loan deal, may even be true, as Adam would be a great addition to the squad, especially in the absence of the injured Ben Arfa.
Adam’s just the type of skilful winger that Newcastle fans love to see, and he’s a local lad too, and we’ll overlook the fact he was born in Sunderland and give him the benefit of the doubt. 😀
Chris said today:
“It can be stressful for managers, but we are not looking to do anything so hopefully it won’t be as bad for us this time. If you are trying to bring players in, like we did last year, it can be difficult.”
“There isn’t any sense of trepidation about the window opening on my part because we won’t be active in it.”
“Other managers will be looking at their squads and they will try to add to it, when you are playing matches that can be difficult, particularly as clubs generally don’t want to lose anyone in the middle of the season.”
“You also have to try and get players at the right price and that is always hard in January.”
Then the question arises about anyone wanting to leave the club in January, and we have an idea that if Ryan Taylor hadn’t been injured, he may have wanted to leave, possibly on loan, so he could play some games.
Ryan wants to play football – somewhere – and he’s just not the kind of guy who is content to be sitting on the bench and not playing, and we fully respect that position.
It’s a very honest position, unlike some other players who seem very content not to be playing, as long as they pick up the money.
But today’s game is very much a squad game, and it’s not often that players will play every game – just the very top players. But if they get very few games, it then becomes a problem for players like Ryan Taylor.
“I’m not anticipating anyone leaving or anyone coming in, but you have to constantly adapt to circumstances.”“At the moment nobody has said to me they want to leave and we are intent on making use of the squad we already have.”
“Some players are a little unhappy because they are not in the team and they want to be playing, but that is normal.” “Nobody has knocked on my door and said they want to leave in January and hopefully that remains the case.”
“We haven’t received any bids and we don’t invite any, but you have to see what the circumstances are when the window opens. We will deal with anything if and when it happens.”
There’s always the chance that someone may become available, even on loan.
It would appear that Adam Johnson will be, if Newcastle are interested, and even Landon Donovan could become available if his first choice club, Everton, do not want to again bring him in on loan.
If there’s a chance to get someone in – either permanently or on loan – who could fit the bill on Tyneside, we’re sure the club will do the deal in January.
But it appears right now there may be nobody who fits into that category – except Adam Johnson. 😀