Nervous Times Could Await Newcastle Fans

There were reports yesterday that Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa may be keen on Newcastle  midfielder, Joey Barton.


Joey Barton – could be moved out before September

But the Times also reported yesterday the Tyneside club had received no official bids for Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez.

That’s hardly surprising since the transfer window really hasn’t gotten fully underway yet, although one club, Newcastle, have moved very quickly.

That’s probably to show skeptical Newcastle fans they mean business, and the club has three good players through the door already, and they did that by June 18th – last Saturday.

That has to be one of the fastest starts they have ever made in a summer transfer window.

The transfer season will pick up when the window officially opens on July 1st, and of course in August, and especially late August,  it will all become all rather hectic.

The scary scenario is that Newcastle could sell all three players – Barton, Gutierrez and Barton – late in the window, and have no back-ups – as they proved they could do in January.

In that last transfer window six months ago, the club actually weakened their squad rather than strengthen it, and sold Andy Carroll on the very last day.

All three players are not young, and are getting close to their contracts ending, although Coloccini and Gutierrez still have a full two years left.

But that’s what captain Kevin Nolan had left on his current deal, when he decided he was better off to join second division West Ham – where he got a phenomenal deal.

Alan Smith is no longer wanted on Tyneside, and will be on offer as a free transfer, and Jose Enrique is supposed to be moving on, so we could see Newcastle without Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Alan Smith and Jonas Gutierrez  all leaving Newcastle this summer.

Those six players did more than any others in getting the club back to the Premier League in May of 2010, and they will always be remembered positively for that.

But there seems little sentiment in football these days, especially at Newcastle,  and if decent offers come in for any one of them, they could be moved out – as surprising as that may seem to some of us.

The Newcastle squad could look a lot different come September, and if the players above are moved out, the wage bill should be much reduced too.

However, Newcastle have worked on a very small and paper-thin squad these last two seasons, and last season it was just too small for the Premier League.

That is one thing that must be corrected for next season,  so if the six players above are moved out,  they will all have to be replaced and at least five new players also brought in.

It’s very hard to see that happening, so it could be a nervous time for some us in August, just as it was in January.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    we simply cant be letting go our english players and replacing them with foreigners. its just not a very good idea.

  • Klatoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    If we can keep Colo and Jose,I wont be nervous

  • fungus44

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    there has been no bids for barton ,collo or jonas as yet and allthree saying they want to stay in the toon

  • Aaaser

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Hahaha, “But that’s what captain Joey Barton had left on his current deal, when he decided he was better off to join second division West Ham”

    Udidan honestmistake there mate 🙂

  • Aaaser

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Or maybe been unofficial sold?? Haha

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Whoops – I quickly corrected it – I have Joey Barton on the brain – sorry about that – didn’t mean to rewrite history. Obviosuly off to a great start today 😀

  • Brutooon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    How bout a CHEEKY Bid for Johnny Evans

  • lordy_geordie

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Typo “The scary scenario is that Newcastle could sell all three players – Barton, Gutierrez and Barton” I agree we need more quality players and it is no good if we buy one sell one.

    We need 2 players in every position and i’m just hoping Barton gets a new deal.

    I think the only decent striker we have is Ba, so we need 3 more. three forwards for less than the price of Carrol is easily achievable.

    Lets not forget the youngsters though. Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson, and vukic are all people I feel can do a good job.

    I still would love a leader like Scott Parker but with his age it is vertually a no-no

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Id defo take evans like good defender


    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Barton at Arsenal….what a load of crap that is!

    Apparently Wolves are keen on Evams according to what I read this morning. That made me laugh as well.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Weve got richardson and donaldson aswell

  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Hey Ed how you doing?

    Just a quick question…You live in America so should be about 5 hours behind of us over here so that would make it 4am over in the states. How do you make articles this early in the morning?

  • Id be devasted if we lost both bartons

    The scary scenario is that Newcastle could sell all three players – Barton, Gutierrez and Barton – late in the window, and have no back-ups – as they proved they could do in January.


  • Toon1978

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Ashley just needs to spend some bloody money for god sake. He has spent very little up to now. We can not compete with a shoe string squad and that is what’s going to happen if we let Colo, Enr and Barton go. Ashley has more or less broken even so far with the out goings and players that has come in. Funny now that we have to spend a few quid to get our targets in that things have more or less stopped on the transfer front. We should be busting a gut to get Mutuidi, Sturridge,N’Zogbia and Erding all signed up but all we keep hearing now is players that could leave. Come on NUFC pull ya f…ing finger out and get these players signed if there is any ambition at all.

  • lee1892

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    I have said since the end of the last season that as long as we keep Colo, Tiote and Barton we’ll not be in any bother. Barton obviously is up in the air but unlike Ranger, Routledge and Best it hasnt been announced that he is transfer listed?

    It never really gets pointed out but Colo’s appearance record is UNREAL he has rarely missed a game over the past 3 seasons

  • Jammydodger

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Barton to stay, Pardew would pull a blinder if he can fight with Ashley to come to an agreement over Bartons contract and then make Barton captain. Barton gets deserved recognition and will be loyal to Pardew for it. Barton was our best midfielder last season, bar nolans goals, we cannot be letting our best players leave otherwise well be left with a different quality starting 11 with the same unspectacular players to come in through injuries and subs.
    Ba good signing but we cant see him as the answer to our striking problems because if his knee goes its lovinghands and strolla leading the line

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    hope we sign people this weekend like.. anyone know what happened to bloody Barnetta he was supposed to have been in town last week

  • roe997

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #18

    villa who are set to lose downing,are today being linked with nzogbia. if we were going in for him,i think we should get in first. Also av heard gervinho to arsenal is off.

  • Angryman jammydodger crusher

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Barton must stay, even if it’s just till January to help the new freebies bed in!!

    Sadly I think he has burned his bridge with jabba and his little winnits, by telling them they’re useless in so many words, and it’s the state of Nufc today when a player shows a wee bit of passion for the fans, the very people the owner dispises, then he has to go!!

    As bartoon says, he’d stay on less money if the club was sold!!

    Instead he is digging his feet in and ensuring greedy fan hater Ashley doesn’t get a bean out of him!! RESPECT!

    Bit silly but see where he’s coming from!!

    It’s only my opinion apologists!! (pre empted response)

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    I want us to add to the squad, but we didn’t have a papper thin squad last season, we had an uneven one! Are the new rules not 25 players max? Need cover at left back and up front. I’ve heard Taverner might make the gradevat right back.

    Paper thin is just lazy paper slang.

  • Angryman jammydodger crusher

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #21

    We had a painfully thin squad last season, you only had to look at how many reservists and juniors we had to load the bench with at end o last season. Frightening, and to top it all off our centre back wa the only goal scorer at the club when Nolan got jiggered!!

    Tavernia is a very decent player, he makes playing for reserves look very easy, would like to see him given run out pre season in some decent friendliest, maybe America and Leeds??

  • Stuart

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Out of the three I think Colo will definately be staying like. Barton obviously wants to stay but its whether MA gets a good enough offer.

    As for Jonas, he may not provide the most assists but hes a hardworking player who causes alot of trouble. I’d love him to stay to add depth to the squad but if we sign another winger I can see him being sold off unfortunately.

    Anyway, forgetting about that, I want a new signing today!

  • Angryman jammydodger crusher

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    I said this re tavernia earlier this month when peeps were slagging Simpson off. We dint need spend money on new roghtback. Simpson still very young in defender terms, but think he will make grade, ha more good games than bad, use tavernia as a beating stick for want of a better term, give him odd game and rest simspon, gives both young player good experience an increases competition! A lack of comp in this position has been issue. As perch was NOT competition for Simpson! Raylor neither! And I think Simpson knew this.

    Just an opinion!

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    we had the 2nd smallest squad in the premier league only behind Blackpool

  • Angryman jammydodger crusher

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s very rare signing are done over weekends! Every body off!!
    Marveaux was done v late Friday night !!

    But a new BUY would be good 🙂


  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #26

    I think we will sign erding last day of the window cause they will wait that long to decrease that transfer value

  • Stuart

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Haha, if im sat here obsessively checking the blog for new signings, the least the club could do is drag everyone in on a weekend to get deals done!

    Even if it was just Neil Taylor I’d be happy,

    Slightly happier if it was Barnetta, Zoggy or Sturridge though haha!

  • clarktoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Aren’t they the same players who got us relegated the season before, time to move on

  • giimps

    Jun 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Personally I dont think we will get any more signings until after beginning of august (unless freee or low value)
    Cashley has got in early to try and snap up the free transfers before someone else gets in.
    Money will be spent (IMHO) mut not until we know where else we need players, strikers will come in i think, but a lot of players who are still contracted to clubs are still on holiday.
    Free signings are different, as they were actively looking for clubs, Cabaye was different too as the release clause in his contract made him vulnerable to other offers, we got in first, offered what he wanted and got him, were acting fast and reaping the rewards by doing so.
    I think we may get Neil Taylor this week but the money for “bigger players/big money signings will wait till later on in the window.
    It makes sense financially to wait especially when we are paying cash up front, (Ashley gets to keep hold of his dosh for longer) and the higher wages will be paid over a shorter period.
    By signing 4 players at 50,000 pw 6 or 7 weeks later, he can save upwards of 1 mil, (the cost of Neil Taylor) especially if he doesent need to get them in just yet.
    Of course, I could be proved completely wrong and he may not spend another penny, but Ive just got a feeling that is what he is thinking.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jun 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #30

    so we are selling Barton twice? MA really is a good business man

  • jimiley

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #31

    You talk about a paper thin squad and then mention the Toon might move on six players but we need five to replace them. ??????????????

  • jimiley

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    When is Cashley going to sell up. NEVER. The guy is milking the club for all he can, selling our best players and replacing them with cheaper versions. As long as the club can stay in the Premiership he will put out the cheapest team he can. No ambition to win anything, just pocket anything thats going. The man is a disgrace. The fans will only put up with being ripped off for so long before they walk away.

  • stuart no9

    Jun 25, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #33

    jim iley sadly i think your wrong, ” the fans will only put up with so much,,,,,,” how long , or what has ash got got to do before some fans start to understand the man is a total t,,,,er , they have give him so many chances, but keep going back, at no club apart from NUFC would he be allowed to do what he has done to our club, sorry his club it makes you wonder WHY he picked us to destroy

  • Sav

    Jun 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Jose needs an ultimatum but quick. We will end up losing him and only have Taylor in as a replacement at this rate. Arwe you staying or are you going on the transfer list and we replace you? Its a simple question. Jose has to answer it now.
    Why we are selling Best and Ranger (and keeping Shola and Loven) is a total mystery. Youth policy myarse. Pace myarse. All to do with personalities and agendas.
    Same goes for Barton. Really sorry to see him go as he’s a bit special and we’ve seen him return to form and behave himself. Now this?
    So far we’ve bolstered the squad mainly with players we haven’t seen in Premiership action and a 4 of whom have suspect fitness issues (Hetam, Gosling, Marveaux and Ba.) Nervous is right.


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