Newcastle Have Great Opportunity To Strengthen Squad In Summer

There;’s not much Newcastle can do at the moment, other than prepare for the Wolves game at home a week come Saturday.

Alan Pardew – looks forward to Wolves game

It’s unfortunate when we have suffered our worst defeat of this season and  last season, for that matter, that the lads have to wait two weeks to rectify the situation.

But that’s the situation Newcastle fin themselves in at the moment,  and Alan Pardew is right when he says it’s how the lads react to a bad defeat that’s the important thing:

“The most important thing in the Premier League is how you react.” “We now have to react to the loss at Spurs.”

“We had three key midfielders missing, and when you play a team as good as Spurs, you need all of your best players.”

“We didn’t have that and we were punished for not having round pegs in round holes.”

That last line is an odd statement because the only player really playing out of position was James Perch in defensive midfield, but every other starter played in his regular position.

We just simply weren’t good enough and that’s because we don’t have a deep enough squad, which we are hoping will be corrected in the summer.

With players like Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Fraser Forster, Nile Ranger, Xisco (here’s hoping), Steve Harper and Tamas Kadar leaving this summer, Newcastle have another good opportunity to bring in five or six very good players into the Newcastle first team squad.

We’d like to see a center-back, full back, goalkeeper, central midfielder and striker come in during the summer, as well as a number of top young players.

Some of the players we were linked with in January include Douglas of FC Twente, Montpellier captain and defender Yanga-Mbiwa, West Ham defender James Tomkins, Ajax center-back Jan Vertonghen, and central midfielder Mark Davies of Bolton, who we’ve linked with today.

Who else would be a good target for Newcastle this summer?

Comments welcome

121 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Mariappa, Zaha, De Jong

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    We’re a different side with Cabaye and Tiote, with our best 11 playing we are capable of beating anyone, but when we pick up injuries, suspensions and lose player to international duty it shows up the lack of depth and weakness of our squad

  • nufc_eire

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    eljero elia

  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Summer pick ups:

    Mbiwa, Douglas, Clyne, Hoilett, Peiters, Davies.

    OUT: Lovenkrands, Simmo, Smith, Ranger.
    Strengthen the squad. clear the chaff.

  • gaz 44

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    keep simo for me even as a squaddie but ya not far off lynxoie

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t want to ignite a new Shola debate, but for me he is now forth choice and perhaps the time has come to replace him with a young, mobile striker, someone like Matty Phillips at Blackpool or a Jordan Rhodes.

    Whoever we bring in they have to posses pace as its something we are desperately sort of

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #7

    UNBELIEVABLE , some of the comments being posted on this blog.
    Do yous not think that it is a steep learning curve for Pardew and that he is doing remarkably well so far considering the limitations imposed on him from above?
    As for players we are gonna be linked with, they dont all need to slot in to the starting 11.
    What we need is competition for places in every position. This is how players ‘up’ their game.
    Why cant yous just enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.
    Some serious head shaking needed by some.
    Calling for Pardews head after 1 yr in the job ffs.
    Who exactly would you replace him with?
    Berating the team because they have been ‘lucky’
    OMG This is the toughest league in the world and considering we are only in our 2nd season back after relegation. Seriously, what more could yous want.
    Grow up people

  • jimmy2shoes

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    This would be my team for wolves

    Simmo Willo Collo Santon
    Cabaye Tiotie Guthire
    Jonas BA

    I know its a risk shunting our top scorer into a more wide position, but if BA plays well there it could give a nice balance to our team, also i think the form Guthrie is showing at the moment is outstanding

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Completely agree Len

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Would anyone else like to see us go after Victor Mosses?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11


    Less end product than Obertan!

  • toonincheek

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Lew – have a thought for the trouble Ed goes to, and try to comment on the topic rather than digressing to your own opinions on something else.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Jack – not really, he is quick and has some skill but he isnt exactly a goal scorer and he seems to fall to pieces at the end of his runs and has no end product.

    Not for me

  • toonincheek

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Lew – just to clarify –
    I do agree with your post, and
    You are not one of the usual ‘offenders’.

    Sorry – just seen so many posts on other threads, got impatient, and ended up commenting on your post. It should have been on another one.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    the return of Marveux will be like a new signing – a solid CB and Fullback and another striker (proven or young)

  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Makes me feel sad when I see harper as part of that list. Really hope he takes up a coping job at the club.

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #17

    So thats a no to Moses then 🙂

  • nufc_eire

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    We should switch to 4-3-3 like liverpool used to play under rafa benitez (only leave the wingers as actual attackers and just defend with 7/8 men at a time and leave the front 3 to press the opposition defence) and we should pick up elia (who would be available on loan), douglas, taiwo ( both end of contract), vertonghen (would be our big spend of the summer) and possibly someone like Rhodes

    Then our team would look like




    ________________Ben Arfa___________________



    And then our 2nd string would be







    And then we still have R.Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and Guthrie as good squad players

    And maybe even a cheeky bid for Gourcuff on loan????

  • nufc_eire

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    and basically clear out everyone else 🙂

  • IPToon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Team for the weekend. (change it up a bit and replace players who havent been performing recently. Unfortunately not all of them as we havent got anyone to replace Simpson. before you say Raylor – he is no better)

    ——————– Krul —————————
    Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon
    Ben Arfa – Tiote – Cabaye – Ferguson
    —————–CIsse – Ba————————

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Toonincheek – Ha Ha fair ’nuff.
    I was just working my way through many previous threads, and getting a bit radgied by alot of the pathetic comments.
    Ed bangs out so many threads I was never catching up so I just jumped to the top 😆
    I’m not the blog police, but some heads need banging together.
    The majority do have sensible comments to make, but shouldn’t get a good slagging for theoir opinions.
    Blogs should be about REASONED DEBATE, not the hatred, constant sniping and childish bickering like it has been lately.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #22

    This is probably – on paper – our easiest game through to the end of the season. So we should use it to give a few underperforming player a kick up the arse.

    Santon – Saylor – Willo – Fergie
    Raylor – Tiote – Cabaye – HBA
    ———-Cisse – Ba ———–

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Although lets hope Wolves don’t have the dreaded ‘new manager boost’ ;(

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #24

    we can only cross our fingers for Marveaux and hope he fully recovers from the double surgery op.
    Dont expect we will see him, Stevie Taylor, or Besty til next season tho.
    Like Tom-Toon says, will be like a new signing.

  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #25

    @Lew: that’s exactly why I don’t comment as much anymore. Sick of reading the same shit from the same people.

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #26

    TDS it didn’t stop us beating QPR

  • toonincheek

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Lew – tks.

    Just that Ed posted a new topic, worthy of specific discussion.
    We should be in a far better position to attract new players, at the right price, than a team supposedly destined to struggle.

    And once comments digress into an AP and tactics discussion, an the anti-AP opinion just copy, and re-copy, and re-re-copy their comments from previous threads.

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Ditto Thump.
    I read all Ed’s posts, but the comments have gotten out of hand. imho

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29


    Haha, but QPR didn’t actually have a ‘new manager boost’! Have they even won a league game yet??

  • gaz 44

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    id be tempted to blow everything.trying to get hazard n then look for defenders on cheap.. but image
    marv .. tote… cabaye … hazard
    cisse … ba
    I know its not gonna happen but hey can dream

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #31

    No doubt our ability to strengthen the squad with real quality, will depend on where we finish this season.
    Scary to even think we could be pushing for a European spot, but if that dream were to become reality, then I’m sure it would help attract the likes of Vertongen, Mbiwa etc
    Surely it will benefit the club financially also to get that 5th spot.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #32


    Sadly we have to hope Liverpool win the Carling cup. And if two of the top 6 make the FA cup final, then even 7th place could be a route into Europe

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    do you not class Mark Hughes as a new manager boost like?

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I think team for Wolves game should be:


    Ryan Taylor Willo Collo Santon

    Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Jonas

    Ba Cisse

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #35

    My point is they haven’t had the decent run of form that a club usually go through when they get a new manager – they’ve just carried on losing lol.

    I wish I didn’t hate QPR so much, but I really can’t help it. If I could pick a club to go down it would be them.

    Not even Sunderland – I’d miss embarassing them bi-yearly

  • Lew Davies

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #36

    TDS – its best NOT to have to rely on other teams to get us into Europe.
    Dont you think we have enough to make 5th spot our own like?

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #37

    As for summer strengthening, I think we should do the following:

    Exits: Lovenkrands, Smith, Ranger, Xisco, Ameobi

    Entries: Yanga-mbiwa (for RB) Vertonghen, Hoilett, Diame,

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Possibly soctt sinclair or stephen fletcher from wolves as squad players too

  • martoon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Lew – I think it is no coincidence that all the name calling posters seem to have appeared at half term!
    There is no need for it, for instance I don’t always agree with Lynxie but I enjoy reading his witty, barbs at people (and I’ve been on the end of one or two of them 🙂 ).

  • martoon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Also is it just my Laptop or do the Blog pages keep resetting to the top of the page?


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