Steve Harper made one of his biggest mistakes this season at Stoke City, when he unfortunately gifted Stoke their second goal, just seconds into the second half.
Steve Harper – let’s hand on to our best players
That proved to be a very costly error for Newcastle, and they finally went down to an embarrassing 4-0 win last time out.
But goalkeepers will always make mistakes, and even more these days with the ball moving around so much in the air, which wasn’t the case as much in my day – eons and eons ago of course – when we still played with a rag ball, but I cannot even remember that long back.
Steve has given a good interview in the Mirror today and Newcastle will not go too far wrong in the summer if they heed Steve’s sound advice – which is basically in the words of the Four Seasons – Let’s Hang On To What We’ve Got – and maybe that’s not a bad song to sing at St. James’ Park these days.
This is what Steve Harper told the Daily Mirror today:
“Let’s stay up and hang on to the quality players,”
“It is not just adding good players and good people. It is about hanging on to the likes of Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote – who has just got a long new deal – Kevin Nolan, people like that who’ve been key figures in and around the club.”
“Hang on to the people who have kept us here and then add three, four, five players in key areas to kick on.” “The fact of life in football is that every player is for sale,”
“Messi, Xavi, Ronaldo, every player has a price. “Andy was going to be missing a few weeks with injury. I am sure it will prove fantastic business when the money is spent by us in the summer, provided we stay up.”
“We could add four top quality players with it. In key areas. People may look back and say what good business it was for everyone. I hope so.”
“The first target, the minimum we wanted, was 17th,” he said. “A couple of wins now and, while we won’t be mathematically safe, we will be on the way.”
“We can’t lose sight of that. Then we can regroup, rebuild and hopefully kick on next season.” “We have to build slowly. The foundations have been put back in place by getting back into this league.”
“The next is to stay here. If and when we do that, we get to the summer, look at the squad and strengthen.”
Steve’s so right there, that the Carroll transfer could turn out to be a good thing (kind of), if Newcastle can bow strengthen their side in say four or five different positions, with the immense cash they got for the local striker, who was once a local hero.
In many ways this summer could be crucial for Newcatsle, given of course we can quickly arrest our current form and be safe in the Premier League, and tomorrow;s game at home to Wolves will be so crucial.
With Newcastle’s finances looking much much better these days, and the path laid out to invest in youth and bring in young players who can still improve, Newcastle seem to have a solid strategy for the way ahead,
One factor that will play a part in that – is that if Mike Ashley does indeed invest heavily in new players this summer, and if he does, the future even looks bright for the Newcastle United club.
But there are a couple of ifs in there.
Howay The Lads!!