Derek LLambias has opened the lid on some of what happened last year, and while we now know it was a big mistake not to bring in more players last summer, it seems the club had a hard job keeping the good players they had with clubs and agents pestering Newcastle for a number of our top players.
Yohan Cabaye – will be in big demand this summer
This is what Derek Llambias, in an exclusive interview in the Evening Chronicle today – had to say about last summer’s transfer window:
“We were so fundamentally tight on the model maybe we should have taken more of a risk in the summer.” “I do not think it is the cost. We just thought we had enough depth and that is where we went wrong.” “We just did not give ourselves enough slack.”
“There have been three stages to the season.” “If we go back to the summer, we had a fantastic season last year, it was way above our expectations.” “We worked really hard to keep our players.” “We had interest and pressure from agents and clubs wanting to buy some of our players.”
“People perhaps do not realise it can be a difficult task to retain them all.” “We kept them and kept them happy. We brought Vurnon Anita, who I think is going to be a star.” “Then we had the horrendous injury list – and you cannot have a working model that is set up to withstand such a horrendous injury list.”
“So we found ourselves in a worse position than we expected. We had too many top players out for too long.” “I think it was a massive plus to keep our star names.” “We do not give ourselves much credit because that is not what we think we should be doing.”
“For us it is a big plus to keep those players.” “When you look back, and we always do, Mike and I always look at where we are as a business – but did we make a mistake in the summer?” “I think we did.”
If we had trouble last summer keeping our top players at the club, you can bet your life the same thing will happen this summer, with stories already doing the rounds that top clubs will be wanting Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, and we wouldn’t t be surprised if some clubs came in for Moussa Sissoko too.
Newcastle will need to keep their best players on Tyneside, and in addition to that bring in a new recruitment of young Development players, and two or three top players for the first team – and then we’ll be in great shape for next season.
But we must keep the good players we already have.
Howay The Lads!!
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