Newcastle First-Team Coach Steve Stone thinks Newcastle United have made a good start in the transfer market this summer.
Steve Stone – two players still to come in
Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid will link up with their new team-mates next Monday morning, when the squad returns for the start of pre-season training.
At least the first three will also be on the plane to America later this month, as Newcastle embark on their three game US tour.
It’s always good to sign new players early in the transfer window, so that the new lads can meld in and get to to know and play with their new team mates, before the season even starts.
This is what Steve Stone, a very good coach, said today:
“I think it’s great that we’ve made some moves in the transfer market,” “I think it’s important that you do it quite early and that’s what we’ve done.”
“We had the money from the sale of Andy Carroll in January so we knew we had that money and we’ve had our targets for some time now.”
“We’ve been able to look since January and have our scouts out there. Graham Carr has done a great job with Ben Arfa and Cheik Tiote before that, and we’re starting to go down that road, that avenue.”
“We’re looking at 23, 24-year-old players who can bring a bit of pace to our team and I’m pleased with what we’ve brought in so far.”
“We’ve got three players with quality, who we can build the team around over the next few years.”
“Obviously we’re hoping to get another couple of players in, but now we’ve got new players we can take to America right from the start of pre-season.”
“When we start on Monday, we do all the testing and they get to meet everybody at the same sort of time. It’s not like having new faces come in dribs and drabs, which can be difficult.”
“Everybody will turn up on the first day of training and they’re part of it. They get to come to America with us two weeks later and that’s important because they’ll get to spend some quality but intense time with coaches, staff and team-mates.”
Three more good players in the summer would make this a very good transfer window for Newcastle, as long as we don’t lose Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, since we’ve already surprisingly lost former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan.
And we have to realize there’s always a chance that either Joey or Jose could still leave, even on the last day of the transfer window, just like Andy Carroll did in January.
So we’ll be holding our breath until the transfer window finally slams shut – at least as far as Enrique and Barton are concerned.