Newcastle Cannot Lose Top Talent If We Are To Be Great Again


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. 😀

Here’s hoping.

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16 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, on the tip of my tongue I don’t remember any team paying over the top for a second choice GK 😉

    …not even Barca, so no need to worry Ed 😉

    Disclaimer: I think it is okay to discuss the Ba rumors and situation without some of you always having to take the higher morale ground – it is not becoming!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Very true, as well as freshening up the squad with 3 or 4 good additions each close season and I’m sure we’ll be a regular top 6 side. Much easier to keep your best players if your in Europe though, a little worried about that this season. I think if were back in europe next season were on our way.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Being buried up to the neck in molten sand is too good for Ashley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Bloody tunnels.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Jesper.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza…I thought it needed to be said so we all could move on to having a great day!

    …sometimes it just gets to me 🙁

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper…..We do need to be able to discuss things. But only positive wonderfulness, didn’t you know?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    All very well keeping our top players,but imo keeping Tiote or Cabaye this summer stopped us getting De Jong,Debuchy and Douglas just can’t see Mashley spending without selling first.Remember these are only my opinions and I retain the right to change them as and when I wish.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza…lol

    …yes, I know and I am trying to be a good positive kid 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail…Rights? Ha.

    Please remember, I am only joking and retain the right to use smileys at will.

    Do you think it was a case of having more cash available then and not the price that we were willing to pay regardless of bank balance?

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza mate, we cn all spin that one. There is money available for reasonable investment. Some of the guys on this site have become obsessed with becoming mini bankers. If we had spend the 1million extra and got Debuchy, do you really think that would have either damaged the club or its reputation in the market. Playing 1 mill extra to secure Debuchy is not the same as buying Jordan Henderson for 18-20 mill. There would have been no loss of face as some people tried to suggest all summer, to excuse Ashley. The short term losers in this are Pardew and his coaching staff, and the fans. Lets see what Jan brings, but as i said all along ….we had all summer to act, and instead we didnt. The result is that guys like Perch are played at right back. It could have been a lot better. Ashley let a lot of us down by not reinvesting in a team that deserved it mate.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Munster….I really wasn’t suggesting anything along the lines of whether we should or shouldn’t pay an extra £1m for players to get them to sign. I was asking Jail whether he thought the club would have paid the extra £1m if we had sold a player or two and had more cash available? I.E. They had a low transfer kitty (in their minds at least) and for that reason didn’t want to pay more or were the offers final regardless of whether we sold anyone?

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Morning all! JFA and Munster are right – our lack of disposable income means that to improve the team by signing better players, the money has to be raised by selling 1 or 2 of our better players. It’s simple economics! The policy the owner insists on means this is the only way we’ll be able to pay the bigger fees for the better players. Our turnover, or lack of it, means there is no other way to do it. The only reason that we kept all our best players in the summer was because no firm bids came in. Believe me, the club were willing to trade in certain players in order to boost the transfer kitty. In the present climate, that’s the way it is.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza, your question doesnt make sense in some ways. The money is there . We sold Carroll for 35 mill not that long ago. Believe me, if we say some french kid for 1 mill we’d be in like Flynn! Debuchy was neither too old nor unfairly priced IMO. £7m is not an outrageous request for a French international. Ashley just couldnt do it, and irritated the French by offering 3mill. If Arry Redknapp had offered 4mill for Tiote we would have been livid. I have said the following all summer :

    1. Ashleys buying approach is primarily driven by discount. If the player is a t a discount, we are keen. This cannot always work.
    2. 10-12 milion would have improved the team significantky.
    3. Too many fans on here ( not pointing a finger mate) have insisted all summer, ludicrously, that NUFC would bve seen as soft touches if we paid 1 mill more to secure Debuchy. This is a ridiculous argument, but one trotted out all summer long to defend MA’s lack of fair investment to strengthen a team that deserved it.

    Roll on January where for some reason i am optimistic of more investment.
    Of course we will almost certainly sell either Krul or Cabaye in the summer so it will be one or two steps back before we even start!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Munster – I think it will be Ba and Cabaye next summer, if not before. Ask either of them to sign a new contract at the moment, and neither would!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Munster…Sorry, I’m obviously not making myself clear and really not trying to put a spin on anything, nor offering my opinion on it. I was merely asking whether Jail (and now you) think that if we had sold someone this summer, do you think the club would then feel ok in raising their offers (whether or not you think they had the money or should have anyway)? I hope this is clear now, not really sure how to make it more so.

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