Most summer transfer windows are interesting for Newcastle fans, but this one is going to be extra interesting – if only to see what Newcastle do following a terrible season in which we were fighting relegation again.
Mike Ashley – how ambitious is the owner?
And we should always remember that it could have been a lot worse than it’s turned out, because 12 days ago if Wigan had beaten Swansea at home, then Newcastle would have been third bottom with just two games to go.
The good news is that we helped ourselves get out of the mess with a good 2-1 win at QPR when everything was on the line – and Newcastle even managed to go 1-0 down after 11 minutes, to a team that hadn’t scored in the previous four games.
So after such a scare, it will be interesting to see who Newcastle bring in over the summer months, and whether we will stick with France as the main hunting ground for talent, after we have already brought in five more Frenchmen in late January.
There’s also a decent case to be made that if we can keep all our good players, we only need two or three top players brought in over the summer, with two strikers being a top priority.
And Alan Pardew again said that he thought Geordie Andy Carroll was a good player, as he said this in The Sun:
“He is a player that anybody in the Premier League has got to be interested in if he became available.” “When Demba Ba went in January and we didn’t secure Loic Remy.”
“It was obvious that we were going to need to bring in a striker or two in this summer window, and hopefully we can.”
Maybe if Newcastle can get Andy and Pierre-Emerick Aubeyemang of St. Etienne through the door, then those two would be exciting signings for the club, and give us a little power up front and some menace from set plays – with big Andy in the side..
And as well as strikers, Newcastle could look at central midfield where Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote were nowhere near as good as they were last season.
And we’ll see Steve Harper and Danny Simpson leave the club when their contracts run out at the end of June, and maybe one or two fringe players like Dan Gosling, who hasn’t been a success in his three years on Tyneside.
The type of signings Newcastle make this summer will indicate just what kind of team Mike Ashley wants at Newcastle – whether it’s a team that can challenge for the top six or even top four – or whether he’s happy enough to be in the top ten every season.
We hope it’s the former.
What do you think?
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