Newcastle fans are not the only ones hoping that Mike Ashley will help new manager Alan Pardew bring in at least a couple of new players to Newcastle, in the January transfer window.
Kevin Nolan – embarrassed on Saturday at Stevenage
The Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is also hoping that a couple of players will arrive in January.
Both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias flew into Newcastle yesterday and watched the 3-3 draw with Hibernian, in the behind the scenes friendly match, in which they would have seen Dan Gosling look good, in his very first game for Newcastle, albeit it a friendly.
Dan lasted 70 minutes in the game, and will now probably be in the squad for the important Sunderland game, and with Cheick Tiote suspended, the 20 year-old may even get some playing time.
This is what Kevin said today:
‘”f you are fresh, it always makes that bit of difference and it just shows we do need probably a couple more players and hopefully we will get them in January to help us out and get us over that finishing line at the end of the season.”
“I think the genuine thing was that we had had a lot of games over the Christmas period and Stevenage hadn’t and the rest was history, but fair play to them.”
“Hopefully, talks between them are going to be good and hopefully we will be seeing a couple of new faces soon. In the next couple of days would be nice but even if it’s in the next couple of weeks that would be perfect.'”
The talks Kevin refers to are those between Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, which took place yesterday after the game.
But as we reported yesterday, it’s unlikely to be Seb Larsson who comes to Toon, since his wage demands are too high and apparently Birmingham are also asking too much for a player who will cost nothing in the summer, if he still doesn’t sign a new contract at Birmingham.
Whether Newcastle try to get him in the summer or get him to sign a pre-contract agreement in January we have no idea, but we suspect the Swedish winger may even stay at Birmingham.
Steven Taylor unfortunately looks to be missing the game on Sunday with his hamstring injury, and that’s a big blow to Newcastle.
But there again we hammered Sunderland 5-1 at St. James’ Park when Steven was still out injured.
Wonder is we can do that again?