What Class Of Player Can Newcastle Attract In The Summer?


Most Newcastle fans are waiting to see just exactly what class of player Newcastle can attract in the summer.



Alan Pardew – players that will excite the fans


Newcastle will not be short of money, as they’ve got £35M from the Carroll sale to pay for the transfer fees and wages of players coming to the north east.

In addition to that,  it’s also likely the club will get a sizable transfer fee for Jose Enrique, who seems to want to move on this summer, with Liverpool looking to be the most likely destination, although you never know.

And Newcastle have been linked with stacks of players so far this year, but the better ones, like Ivory Coast winger Gervinho and French striker Kevin Gameiro, are unlikely to end up on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew seems to have learned very quickly what Newcastle fans want, and it seems he wants to bring in players who will excite the Geordie faithful:

“We need to bring players in Newcastle fans love that can get you out of your seat,”

“We need one or two of them on top of what we’ve got and then we can go forward and be really competitive.”

The Newcastle side, to their credit,  have kept the Magpies out of relegation trouble all season long, and Newcastle fans have generally seen their side show spirit and pride in nearly all of their games.

That’s something we didn’t see too much of from the star laden Newcastle side of two years ago, which ended up relegated, despite the huge wages the club were paying to the playing staff.

One performance in particular this season – the magnificent and gutsy come-back from 4-0 down after 26 minutes against Arsenal – when our boys scored four goals in the last 26 minutes or so of that game, will be remembered down the ages as the greatest ever comeback in the Premier League. What a performance that was – absolutely unbelievable in every way.

And Alan has told anybody who will listen these last few weeks, that Newcastle will not be resting on their laurels for their final two matches of the season:

“Making sure we don’t coast for the rest of the season is something I’ve got to focus on,”

“We have a professional respect that we handle ourselves very well in these remaining games.” “The players have been absolutely brilliant and we want to finish in the top 10.”

“We want to finish the season right. For us it’s about finishing strongly and making a point.”

We’d be delighted if the lads can pick up 3 points from their last two games at Stamford Bridge and at home to West Bromwich Albion.

A 47 points total would be an excellent return in the first season back in the big time.

Comments welcome.



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235 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I thibk pardew is exactly right that this season he have lacked that last bit of flair that would push us on….wr have a very good basis if a team but a burst of pace or creativity in the final third has been lacking…….

    Ben arfa will be back and if we can get a intelligent striker to feed of his creativity then we would been halenging in the the top half.

    The bigger names will be difficult to get in but i think its all about the right type of players to get a balanced team that buying 2 small wingers.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Why wouldn’t someone like Gervinho come to us Ed? The only difficulty might be our wage cap(which either does or doesn’t exist). Surely if we are talking about players who can lift us off our seats they have to be first class? I will judge the owner on who he brings in like everyone else. Talk is cheap lets see some class signings this summer!

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Gervinho says he wants champs league football..

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  • WWJBD

    May 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #4

    This question is my fear for the summer I cant lie

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  • free giveaways

    May 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Gervinho has said he wants champions league football and Gameiro wants to play in Spain.

    I hope we try and get young talented players, some of them might have baggage but with good management we could get the best out of them.

    Players like; Ireland, N’Zogbia, Wickham, Van Aanholt, Bardsley, Larsson, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.

    http://www.free-giveaways.co.uk

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #6

    The one player who i think shild be a definite purchase us izzaguire if jose leaves…..i no its the scottish league, but he certainly matchs jose for strength pace and crossing ability.

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  • roe997

    May 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Doumbia from cska! If gervinho wnt then I’m sure we can at least bring in tiote mate doumbia,great talant. Tall fast strong…..mint, probably match walcot for pace. And I seem to remember chelski on for him a couple of seasons back, 5m they were apparently bidding,but I’m sure that mite be more now.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #8

    If fit Ben Arfa & Gosling will be like 2 new very good signings & if we can keep Barton & Nolan (Enrique’s gone unfortunately) and sign 3 or 4 quality players we could have a good season come August.

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  • Billy1985

    May 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    hopefully some decent talent but most good players want European matches so there goes our chance plus with the wage cap too we will have to settle with what we get unfortunately

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  • AndyMac

    May 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Realistically with the Fatman in charge of finances and the Stooge in charge of team affairs we’d do well to attract the usual loafers and scumbags who cant get a club to pay them OTT wages.

    Bottom line is we’re a GREAT CLUB with shlte management so let’s try to turn this around before it’s too late.

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  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #11

    I live in Scotland so i know many Celtic fans and they all have nothing but good thins to say about Izzaguire. It is always a risk getting players from the SPL but i am sure he can cut it in the EPL. He is fast, strong and loves getting forward he is only 24 years old so he fits the type of player we will be looking for. I think a swap deal for Forster and a few million will be enough. Other good Celtic players are Kayal (who has brought on interests from Man U) Hooper, Stokes and Juarez.
    ……….Check them out for yourself………………….

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  • MacToon

    May 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Will certainly be an interesting summer and vital we do well.

    To his credit (Ashley) has been able to attract some decent players while he’s owned the club, Colo and Jonas, HBA, Tiote, Jose and some other possibles like Ireland.

    For some reason though he’s not really strengthened our forwards and it was something we should have done over the winter knowing the Carroll was at the time injured and as we now know on his way out of the Toon. Best, Shola, Loven and Ranger have all tried and at times done well but I wouldn’t give any of them the no. 9 shirt, that is the position we must fill.

    Shame if Jose goes but I think we could replace him and can’t wait for 1 or 2 more of the youngsters to come through especially our little “Georgie Best” Shane Ferguson.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 10, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    A real puzzle this is. We have spent very little on fees in comparison to most decent clubs and we have sold a huge number of young players for huge fees. We can’t deny that the list of sold young players is very long and will be added to in the summer probably starting with Jose. The owner would like to keep us in the middle of the pack so no fear of going down and lots of nice TV money. There is no way to get into the top 6 with this approach. Get ready for several more years of developing or buying good young players and then selling them on. Winning anything is probably out of the question. Our level has been decided by an owner with no football ambition, and his cronies who will do what he wants to keep their jobs.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I wish people would use vowels when they type.

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  • MacToon

    May 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I use a keyboard GG 😉

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  • Billy1985

    May 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #16

    i think the coaches are also to blame beardsley has never stopped praising the reserves this season even though they do need the encouragement but they will think they are doing nothing wrong nobody can play perfect all game or season you need to be criticised so you can develop.

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Ameobi gets the fans out of their seats, cos every time he misses i’m up out of my seat calling him a useless b******.

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  • shabunkin

    May 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Firstly its the managements job to use the facilities at the club , the stadium and of course the huge support to sell the club to prespective targets . Secondly i think we can attract some pretty hungry up and coming ambitious types …the kind looking to make a name and get into international squads and thirdly i know a lot of people have a downer on mr Ashley but he being who he is must be looking forward and thinking about having a piece of the gravy train which is the champions league. what cash greedy billionaire wouldnt want a slice of that …

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 10, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #19

    I Would like the players who really wants to play for the club and for the fans nt for any stupid competition

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    If you want the worlds best matured talent you either offer them Champions League or money!

    Which of these can we offer?

    So it’s back to the free transfers and kids!

    If we are to survive and compete next season we need 2 good strikers of the ilk of Kenwin Jones or Darren Bent who would cost £25M and £60k per week.

    So Ashley needs to either stumps up or we become an average prem/Top Championship yo-yo club.

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  • WWJBD

    May 10, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Kenwyne Jones? Darren Bent? Are you a Newcastle fan? 🙂

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  • GeordieRob

    May 10, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #22

    I think any recruits that come HAVE to be young and HAVE to be somewhat cost effective.

    And before anyone has a go about my lack of ambition – you should look at the top 10 most expensive transfers for NUFC. With too few notable exceptions (Shearer, Coloccini, Robert) they are the most expensive bunch of useless, injury prone glory hunters football has ever seen.

    Owen, Luque, Duff, Martins, Woodgate, Viana, Boumsong… Total cost = just shy of £100m.

    Pfft…

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  • Darling27

    May 10, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #23

    roe997

    Fully agree about trying for Doumbia from CSKA Moscow.

    Tiote did mention him earlier on in the season as one to watch .

    Good player.

    Doumbia Show 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhb1LJdpizs

    Doumbia Show 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u57LFOxJmh0&feature=related

    Doumbia Show 3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo7kWhyB4g&feature=related

    Would be great at the toon!!!

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  • boonarmy

    May 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #24

    off topic but has anyone seen this kit design
    http://www.leazesterrace.com/this-week-in-out-of-toon-2_7-may-2011/

    its about a quarter of the way down the page

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Benton & WWJBD…

    I honestly cannot, for the life of me, think of any two players I’d rather see leading our line than two ex Sunderland players.

    In fact, lets get fat Brucey in as a coach, buy Kevin Phillips, and give one of them the number nine shirt.

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  • wynsleap

    May 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #26

    In answer to your headline Ed – I hope a damn sight better than the run of the mill dross we’ve been linked with lately!

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  • CT

    May 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #27

    SIX QUALITY BOSMAN SIGNINGS AND ONE USELESS GREEDY B**TARD AVAILABLE at the end of the season.
    Miroslav Klose—-Striker
    Taye Taiwo—-Left Back
    Sylvain Marveaux—Attacking Midfielder
    Andrea Pirlo—-Midfield Playmaker(QUALITY )
    Philippe Mexes—Centre Half
    Johan Elmander–Striker
    Micky Owen—Useless Greedy B**tard

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  • NUFClad

    May 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Would like to see us go for:
    Marvin Martin – creative midfield
    Blaise Matuidi – defence midfield (could play 5 in the middle as this guy with Tiote would be awesome)
    Dimitri Payet – goalscoring winger
    Elmander – Free
    Samba – £7M??
    Papiss demba Cisse – striker, 22 goals in German league this season
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    Kolbeinn Sigþórsson – 15 goals in Holland this season
    Ola Toivonen
    Modibo Maiga – 13 goals in ligue 1
    Youssef El-Arabi – 17 goals in ligue 1 in a team thats 5th bottom
    Jose Soloman Rondon

    Striker wise i think we should concentrate our attention getting one or two of either Cisse, Toivonen or El-Arabi

    Also heard a rumour that Liverpool are interested in Gael Clichy from Arsenal they cant get him and Enrique so hopefully they go for Clichy. Lets hope its a good summer in the transfer window for the toon!!

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  • WWJBD

    May 10, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    ToonDownSouth my sarcasm senses are tingling at your comment there

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  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 10, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    CT
    I would like them all except one try guessing which one.

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  • CT

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Loony—Not Sure–LOL

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  • davybtoon

    May 10, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #32

    2 young players i think we shud take a gamble on are jordon rhodes and anthony pilkington from huddesfield both only 22years old and very good players

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  • Colo2

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I think Giovani dos Santos would be worth a bid. Frozen out at Spurs, he’s doing well at Racing Santander. Can play as winger, CAM or second striker. Mexican international, young and hungry to prove himself exactly what we should be looking for.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #34

    I think everyone has forgotton about our 2 injured players and youngsters.

    The following squad next season with the 1st name being 1st choice and 2nd name being cover is a quality team. ???? are indicated where new signings are needed.

    GK: Harper, Krul
    RB: ????, Simpson
    CB: Coloccini, Williamson
    CB: STaylor, Kadar
    LB: Enrique (if he goes then ????) , ????
    LM: Jonas, Ferguson
    RM: ????, LuaLua
    CM: Tiote, Guthrie
    CM: Barton, Gosling
    CAM/CF: HBA, Nolan
    ST: ????, Best

    Out: Campbell, Kuqi, Xisco and Routledge

    all players not mentioned can be squad players and utility players such as RTaylor, who can play a number of positions and some very good youngsters such as Ranger, Airey, Vuckic, Tavernier and even Richardson (If your good enough, your old enough!)

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  • nightfa11

    May 10, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #35

    sir alex made macheda avalible:) couldnt cost more then 5 mio… him and ranger could be top class in the next few years..COULD BE..

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  • WWJBD

    May 10, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Since when is Macheda avaliable?
    Would rather we got Vela

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  • The Entertainers

    May 10, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s the million dollar question I guess, but going off the latest signings Ben Arfa, Gosling and Tiote I’m at least more hopeful than ever.

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  • boonarmy

    May 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #38

    have to agree about doumbia but he hasnt been at cska long and russian clubs are wealthy so i hear, which means doumbia will be well paid.

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  • WWJBD

    May 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Rumour going round that NUFC are planning a bid for Kranjcar and Hutton from Spurs in a 9 mill deal (apparently from a source within the club)….any one heard anything about this?

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  • davybtoon

    May 10, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #40

    if true id b happy with that both 26 both good players

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