If Newcastle keep up their good work so far in the transfer market, we can see a good improvement in the skills of our midfield and strikers.
Neil Taylor – Newcatsle need more defensive reinforcements
There’s no doubt that Yohan Cabaye is a classy player, and he’s a very good footballer who can create things from midfield for the Newcastle side next season.
Add to him two players who hardly featured at all last season, in Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, and assuming they have recovered fully from their long term injuries, they are both potential starters in the team too.
And the most recent signing Demba Ba, acquired by Newcastle on a free transfer, presumably because the Magpies moved so much faster than any other club, is a very good striker, and on par with Andy Carroll.
The fact that Newcastle are letting both Nile Ranger and Leon Best move on, suggests that Newcastle have another top striker coming in during the summer.
That could be PSG’s Turkish striker, 24 year-old Mevlut Erding, but if they don’t get him, it will be somebody else with sufficient class and goal-scoring ability.
So when you look at Newcastle’s midfield and strikers, the club should be much improved for next season, and when you look at it that way, maybe Kevin Nolan would have had his work cut out to keep his place.
But it was the defense that let Newcastle down too many times last season, in particular at Bolton, Stoke City and that terrible first 25 minutes against Arsenal at St. James’ Park, where for some strange reason I can only remember the second half of that game. :D.
In those games the defense looked little short of pathetic, so surely the back four are not good enough for a top half of the table side next season.
We’d like to see an accomplished full-back brought in – somebody who can play on either side, and they have to be good enough to be a starter.
Neil Taylor looks a very good buy for £1M, but he will need to prove himself in the Premier League, and we’ve seen lower league players go both ways at Newcastle – Mike Williamson was a big success since he was brought in 18 months ago from Portsmouth, and James Perch has not been too successful at Newcastle, and may not be good enough.
And we are still not fully convinced that we have enough strength at center-half either, although Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor are three very good players on their day.
We’d like to see a young top class center-half brought in – somebody who can improve and challenge for a first team place as next season progresses.
Something like Newcastle did with young Sebastien Bassong three years ago would be good.
Newcastle should be good enough at goalkeeper, but if Steve Harper doesn’t stay as number one, we could see him move on this summer, since he’s had enough of sitting on the bench during the 12 years Shay Given was Newcastle’s number one.
Steve will be keen to get first team matches as he probably only has a couple of years left at the very top.
At some point we do expect Newcastle to continue their pattern of bringing in some top youngsters, and even paying decent money for them.
And money will surely not be in short supply, with £4.5M coming in already for captain Kevin Nolan, and Jose Enrique likely to bring in at least another £8M, and Nile Ranger and Leon Best likely to bring in another £5M between them.
If Joey Barton leaves this summer, he will bring in at least another £4M too.
So outgoing transfers this summer could bring in another £21.5M, so as the club will not not be short of funds this summer.
And if players do leave, then each one will need to be replaced – and that’s in addition to the players Newcastle were targeting at the beginning of the summer.
With today’s Demba Ba signing, things are starting to look just a little brighter on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!
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