Maybe it’s just me, but I’m hoping and praying that Newcastle are on the way to becoming a top side again, like we were under Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan.
Newcastle developed Tim Krul from when he arrives as 17 year-old in 2005
And for some of us time is starting to run out, so in the short term it will be important to keep our top players at the club, and the good news is that we have quite a few of them at Newcastle at the moment.
One player who is a poster child for how Newcastle can bring in a youngster and develop him into a world class player is Tim Krul, the Newcastle and Holland number one goalkeeper.
But it seems the news will not go away – that Barcelona are very interested in signing Newcastle’s top goalkeeper to compete with the current number one goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who we always thought was Barcelona’s one weakness, and not even a top three choice for Spain.
Barcelona’s number two goalkeeper is Jose Pinto, who is now 36 years old and his contract runs out next summer, and that’s when Barcelona will need to bring in a new goalkeeper.
Every player has his price at Newcastle, and we suppose in every transfer window we’ll have to put up with some of our top players possibly leaving the club, but that didn’t happen in the summer, which is the best thing that happened quite honestly.
We didn’t bring in enough top players who can immediately challenge for the first team, but that may be corrected in January when we expect at least one new defender to be signed by the club.
But the important thing is to keep the great players we have, and we have some in Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to name just eight.
We have a very good squad at the moment, and now the challenge is to bring more top players in, so that it become even better and who knows – we may even win something shortly.
It’s only been 43 years since we last did that.
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