Hughton – Newcastle Will Not Be Active In January Window


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.

Hughton added:

“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. 😀

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 2, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Have heard a few rumours that he thinks he is a gods gift. His rise to prominence has certainly been quick and whilst I like his skill I don’t want an arrogant player who is going to disrupt the harmony of the team.

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  • ardenTOON

    Dec 2, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Lowering expectations and not giving anything away to the press. Typical Hughton. The ‘dream manager’ of Chairmans from a bygone era. Gets the best out of what he has and does’nt make financial demands to the board. Hope he pulls another rabbit from his hat like he did with Tiote. Another signing like tiote but in the attacking mould and we could be heading 4 europe. HWTL.

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  • lewman

    Dec 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    i find it shocking that man city would even contemplate getting rid of adam johnson.

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  • ardenTOON

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    @lewman: they are crazy the last time i checked mate. On a serious note i doubt it and if it happens fans will go crazy and mancini would be sacked.

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  • MacToon

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Adam Johnson, one of the best (young) English players around imo, 10 X better than Milner.

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  • Moreno

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #6

    What evidence is there to support the whole Adam Johnson thing?

    He has started 10 games this season and come on in another 10…..

    Shaun WP has only started 5 all season.

    Where’s the logic in mancini sending out Johnson?

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    MacToon – yeah & 10x the attitude also, I agree with Charlietoon, he’s supposed to be an arrogant git who thinks he’s gods gift & thinks he should play all the time…. yeah he’s OK but I wouldn’t go ruining the squad spirit just for 1 player on loan…
    As for the Jan window, I think the only player I’d bring in would be a pacey forward or attacking midfielder to play behind Carroll, so that all the knockdowns that Carroll produces don’t go to waste as they do with Strola…
    I did praise Shoola when he played well but I think he’s running out of steam to early in games & goes missing, so need to bring Ranger on at the 60min mark, give him more time…

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  • chuck

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Probably someones pipe-dream bringing Johnson to Newcstle, but we could use a decent right winger.
    Yeah Routledge has had his moments, unfortunately his inconsitency is a problem.
    A Kranjcar or a Larrson would be fairly consitent replacements, after all with a big guy like Carroll, who is so good in the air, needs to be supplied with decent crosses.
    And both tick the boxes on age and crossing ability.

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