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Newcastle Now Ready To Kick On For Next Season

10:38 am, Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

It was not a good way to end the season on Sunday, but that’s now over with – and Newcastle must push on this summer and significantly strengthen their squad.

Daniel Sturridge – would be great buy for Newcastle

Newcastle have been linked with some good players this year like Gervinho, Kevin Gameiro, Charles N’Zogbia and Daniel Sturridge, but have also been linked with rather ordinary and older players like Carlton Cole and Jay Bothroyd, so it’s not clear what class of player Pardew will bring in.

But the manager did make a point yesterday that it’s only quality players Newcastle are interested in, so we assume that excludes players like Cole and Bothroyd, even if Jay is a free agent and would cost nothing in transfer fees.

Steven Taylor, the star of the game on Sunday, admitted it was a disappointing way to end the season:

“It was disappointing just to let West Brom score one goal, so everything that happened after that was obviously a massive let-down,” “It was a sour note at the finish because that shouldn’t be happening, especially at home.”

“We wanted to finish on a high, in the top half of the table.” “The home form wasn’t what we wanted right the way through the campaign. We would definitely have liked to have picked up a couple more home wins.”

“Having said that though, people had us in the relegation battle at the start of the season, so we have to be fairly pleased with finishing 12th. We proved a lot of people wrong.

“We have to kick on and improve next season. The first target has to be finishing above 12th. The players are good enough to do that, and we have great team spirit. When we were in Ireland during pre-season, and as a team we agreed that the priority was avoiding relegation.”

“For our first season back in the Premier League, we have to accept that as a decent performance.” “We know how difficult a league it is, and we can be proud we weren’t one of the five teams fighting for their lives on the final day. It’s not a nice position to be in, as we know here at Newcastle.”

We have to look on the bright side, and try to put the disaster of Sunday firmly behind us, although it was still a terrible way to end what has been a good season for the club.

Newcastle will need to hang onto their best players as step one, and then bring in at least four top new players this summer.

And of course also bring in some younger players for the future, which we are already seeing, as 18 year old French U18 International Mehdi Abeid was recently signed.

Newcastle have the money available, and seem to have the will too, so now they need to go out and execute flawlessly in the transfer market this summer, and we could even end up with a really good side next season.

We’d love to see N’Zogbia and Sturridge sign on at the club this summer, because both have qualities that would significantly add to the Newcastle side.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Steven Taylor · Transfer News and Rumours





25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 fungus44 // May 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    we will just have to wait and see who come,s in ,mr carr will have found more gem,s like tote i bet

  • 2 Markaccus // May 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Hope so fungus. How long before this article fills up with people putting massive shopping lists and fantasy teams for next season up?

  • 3 boom boom cheick cheick the room // May 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    any ideas on who this midfielder could beim thinkin sully muntari

  • 4 P.I. // May 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Snodgrass

  • 5 LondonMagpie // May 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    We certaintly aint going to be buying any sh*t like Carleton Cole next season we are going to have a team that other teams are going to fear providing that training ground we have stops injuring our players haha

  • 6 JUGGALO TOON ™ // May 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    @boom boom cheick cheick the room

    Is it not that 18yo we signed?

  • 7 toonbelmonter // May 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    boom boom cheick cheick the room. a reckon hes a carr special. another tiote. some1 unmentioned. if there was 1 or 2 a thought could be th most realistic ad say wanyama or Blaise Matuidi. dont think it would be muntari his wage is around 60k a week. couldnt see them paying that, expecialy consider he be back up to tiote

  • 8 toonarmy09 // May 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    For me this summer
    Ins-Kyle walker RB
    Upson or dann (relegated )for cover cb
    Menez RW
    Gervinho RW/striker cover
    Sturridge st (should go all out to get him )
    Frees -larsson -cover midfield
    Bothroyd (better than shola and lover man)
    Outs-xisco
    Lua Lua (loan to Brighton)
    Smith
    Routledge
    Forster (back to Celtic )
    Kadar (loan to champ)
    All I all would be great summer for me !!!

  • 9 Davies // May 24, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    “We have to look on the bright side, and try to put the disaster of Sunday firmly behind us”…..

    Let’s do that, and see if we can have no further mention of Sunday’s match on this wonderful blog. No offence, Ed, but you do have a tendency to dwell on the negative. Carroll’s sale still pops up every now and then.

    Any idea about this midfielder then?

  • 10 toonbelmonter // May 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    juggalo. no he was a free agent hu we signed after a trail, the player were getting is gunna cost us

  • 11 Davies // May 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Markaccus – Not long apparently.

    I’ll take Sturridge, Gervinho and Samba. Anything else is a bonus (unless it’s Carlton Cole). :)

  • 12 abcgoodyabc // May 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    hey guys, can anybody tell me what’s the twitter of the nufc scouts where some of u guys get the news from?

  • 13 toonbelmonter // May 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    davis a sed to nufc mo that samba would cost to much and has a lot of teams after him, i do think hed b great but dyah not think hed b a luxury more than a necessity

  • 14 Markaccus // May 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Thought as much :D. I think 5 players in, keeping most of what we have for back up and experience (not kuqi though) then our squad would be big enough to have a go at a cup next year. LB,CB,winger, 2 fowards.

  • 15 JUGGALO TOON ™ // May 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    @abcgoodyabc

    Are you on about cwarr07? I don’t think he’s a ascout but he claims to have inside information

  • 16 roshan MAGPIE // May 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    i would like to see sturridge gameiro gervinhio larson Cheik m Bengue sow i will even be happy if we get any 3 guys from this list

  • 17 abcgoodyabc // May 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    It was cos yesterday some people were saying NUFC scouts on twitter were saying about Mike Ashley trying to push through a Gervinho deal, so I got pretty hopeful and wanted to check out for myself..

  • 18 P.I. // May 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    If Gervinho is the guy who we are genuinely after (and i’d love this to be true but im very sceptical) then how much are we expecting to pay for his services?
    I’ve got absolutely no idea how much he’s worth.

    And besides, a lad at work was telling me this morning that the French press seem to be reporting that we’ve bid / re-bid for Gamiero €10m so perhaps he’s the chap we’re after and Gervinho is nothing but rumour and smoke screens?

    CONFUUUUUUUSED, Dot Com…

  • 19 toonfan09 // May 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    his release clause is 9.75 million

  • 20 Davies // May 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    toonbelmonter – I think he’ll end up at Arsenal anyway, and yeah, we do have Willo and Taylor. My personal preferrence would be to see Taylor given a shot at playing CDM, so there might yet be room for another CB. I just really like Samba. I think he’d have been one of the most astute signings of the window, outside of the positions we NEED to fill. Shame really.

  • 21 abcgoodyabc // May 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Yeah well, certainly it’s good that the club is actively and even aggressively finding transfer targets for a change…When was the last time that we have been able to hear news from the first day that the season ended ? All I could remember were windows where we were always relatively inactive for much of the window and really left many of us frustrated.

  • 22 CHAPPA // May 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    would love 2 see young sturridge here what a buy that would be…pardew seems 2 buy talent from time 2 time…masharano,tevez (west ham) bent (charlton) lets hope he signs players of there skill and talent :) a would be a happy chappy 2 say the least

  • 23 CHAPPA // May 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    would love 2 see young sturridge here what a buy that would be…pardew seems 2 buy talent from time 2 time…masharano,tevez (west ham) darren bent (charlton) lets hope he signs players of there skill and talent :) a would be a happy chappy 2 say the least

  • 24 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // May 25, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    Wait and See lads!

  • 25 ShauNUFC1892 // May 25, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I would take Sturridge all day long. I would even pay up to £15million for him. He’s a young, top class striker and he can score spectacular goals from where other players can’t. I hope Mr. Carr is out there scouting players like Tiote, because we need a lot of Tiote’s before we can even think about Europe.




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