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This Is Why Newcastle Are In Good Shape This Summer

9:47 am, Sunday, July 7th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

When you compare the Newcastle squad now with a year ago, it is a lot stronger, after we brought the five Frenchmen in during January, to help us avoid relegation, and we just about managed that.

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Papiss Cisse - needs help in the goal-scoring department

We now have Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, and we have lost Demba Ba, James Perch and probably Dan Gosling.

So the squad is stronger than last year, although we need more scoring power up front, and when you think we don’t have those extra games in Europe next season, there is some reason for optimism in the coming season.

But then there’s Joe Kinnear, and his appointment to us seems to have thrown a spanner in the works, because he has quickly proved (again) he is a divisive character, and that has nothing to do with his football knowledge, which Kinnear says is the best in the business, or at least words to that effect.

We do think that Mike Ashley has overreacted to our narrow escape last season in the Premier League, but we expect Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman to put things right this season, and they deserve the chance, because of doing so well in the previous season.

Ashley was reported angry that the fringe players and the youngsters Newcastle had in last season’s squad couldn’t take up the slack when we suffered all those injuries to our top players.

Our defense last season was hopeless, and we conceded the most goals ever in the Premier League – 68 – but we have now brought in three good French defenders to help out, and we could always play Moussa Sissoko in defensive midfield too, if more steel is needed at the back.

We need one and probably two strikers brought in this summer, and we half expect Shola Ameobi to leave the club, but if he goes and Mike Williamson is also moved on then that’s six Englishmen who will have left the club this summer – Harper, Simpson, Perch, Gosling, Ameobi and Williamson.

We are classing Shola as English, since he’s been on Tyneside since he was five years old, although it seems he will be recalled to the Nigerian squad soon.

So it may be a contrarian view of things, and Joe Kinnear is certainly a wild card and a loose cannon and could upset the Newcastle apple cart – but we think Newcastle are well set to do well next season in the Premier League.

But at the very minimum we need two good strikers brought into the club this summer, if we keep the players we have right now.

What do you think?

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonMauritius // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Good morning Chiefs

    Today the rumour is that NUFC Officials are in Paris.
    Maybe to discuss a move for Cabaye or Gameiro to NUFC as PSG has just enrolled E.Cavani

  • 2 sparky55 // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    you’re absolutely right ED…we’ve a very good squad and all we need now is a good manager to manage them…

    fingers crossed that’s just round the corner!

  • 3 Dannyo // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    @ToonMauritius
    Indykalia is a hack and a cheat and no better than Colin.

  • 4 geordie157 // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Harry Maguire, Wijnaldum and S.De Jong please. Plus maybe a young striker

    Let Gosling, Shola, Williamson and Obertan go, would rather see some youngsters have a chance than them, ie Inman, Newton, Dummett.

    If Debuchy has a poor first half of the season, bring in Corchia or young Byram from Leeds in Jan.

  • 5 pawl250 // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Sparky55

    As much as I think Pardew if average, you have to remember the players are the ones on the pitch.

    Ultimatley the players are to blame more than anyone.

    Like any job though MA/DL would have told Pardew it was not good enough, his superiors.

    It is then Pardews job to relate the same to his team of coaches and players. I do not think this is him placing blame. More like I had my a$$ chewed so this cannot happen again, we are better than this and I expect 100%. Its more like a motivator than him placing blame.

    Thinking he is trying to avoid blame is just biased hatred.

    As stated in my profession if my superior told me off, I would then relate the same feelings to my team as they are part of the problem. Definetly in this case!

  • 6 Slank // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Repost

    ToonMauritius

    I think buying clubs travel to selling clubs and not the other way round, hopefully!

  • 7 sparky55 // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    re post with spell check corrections amended!

    Ed says we’ve got a good squad and we’re in good shape…which is correct but we’ve got a championship manager and that’s very simply the problem we have.

    And it’s typical that Pardew’s blaming the players for what went wrong last year.

    The plaque on Pardew’s door says the buck stops with him but just like always he’s blaming everyone else but himself.

    It just goes to show he’s got no clue and no class….he’s probably just had a bollocking off Ashley and probably JFK too…so he immediately goes and gives the players a bollocking when there’s no doubt in my mind most of the blame lays squarely on Pardew’s shoulders…it was his tactics, his set up, his mindset, his reliance on picking players who should clearly not be playing, his instructions to defend deep every time we scored a goal, his refusal to play a system to get the best from the great squad we have, and his very poor management of the fitness of our players that got us to the dizzy heights of 16th.

    There’s no doubt Ashley didn’t back Pardew like he should have last summer and there’s no doubt the players need to take some portion of the blame for their very average performances last year (mind you it must be difficult to go out on the pitch every saturday being told to play hoofball to try and sneak a goal then defend deep!) …but at the end of the day Pardew must take 80% of the blame for where we ended up last year.

    If he had any sense of reality and just a modicum of common sense he should have said something like…”lads…I got it wrong last year and I must apologise for that…but this year it’s gonna be different…we’ll be playing differently, we’ll be setting up differently, we’ll be playing to your strengths, we’ll be playing football in such a way we’ll let you express yourselves, we’ll be more expansive, we’ll be playing possession football and we’ll remain positive throughout the 90 minutes…so play for me and we’ll back in Europe next year.

    BUT NO…He tells them they’re shit and they’ve gotta step up or ship out…he’s a fcuking clueless moron

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    have we got to wait until joe Kinnear come back from his holidays for us to sign players.

  • 9 bills-son // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Those saying we have a very good squad are wring imo.

    We have sime very good players defo but a very unbalanced squad. Full backs in Debuchy and Santon who can’t defend well, central defenders midfielders with no pace between them, plus only one midfielder in Tiote with a physical presence and no physical presence up front at all without Shola on – and he isnt good enough. Plus there isnt one fist shaking leader in the squad.

    These are the reasons why we are always vulnerable to be on the wrong end of a hammering – and why we rarely control games.

    The last thing we need is more lightweight skilful players ala Graham Carr – Amalfitano and Anita were classic bad additions last summer.

  • 10 Harley // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I’d settle for 2 strikers and a winger. I think we’re strong enough in all other areas.

    I personally think willo is a very capable 4th choice cb so I don’t see the need to replace him.

    Dummet looks like he’s going to get his chance this season so that sort of replaces perch.

    Our midfield is strong, we just need more pace in attack.

    It’s not my first choice 3 but realistically remy, bent and ince will massively improve us.

  • 11 bzak12 // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Not a hope in hell’s chance of signing N’koulo his club value him at over 13 million euros.
    Ashley would not even pay that for PEA.

  • 12 sparky55 // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Paw1250

    The art of management is a very complex thing and that’s where Pardew let’s himself down every week.

    Yes the players have to take some portion of the blame but how many good managers made their squad play the type of football we played last year and made it work and kept his squad happy and won anything playing like we did.

    Part of good management practice is identifying peoples strengths and weakness’ and putting together an overall strategy to get the most from the team available to you in an effort to improve overall productivity and hopefully get to a situation where your employees actually enjoying the thought of coming to work by making them realise what an important and integral part of the team they are.

    Can you honestly say pardew did that last year…Do you honestly think the players are more to blame than pardew?

  • 13 Bambams // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    For us to do well next season we must change our style of play. Far too negative last season in my opinion, invited other teams to have almost a free training session of attacking football against us.

    No threat from a quick counter and a pacey striker is a must !

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Jul 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Bills son

    you are always seem to want it both ways.

    the players were fine when we finished 5th and pardew stumbled on a 433 when raylor got injured and benny was finally given a game.

    last season was totally down to pardew not having a clue how to deal with ba wanting to play centrally. that cost us over half a season while we morphed into different formations sometimes 3 in one game!

    Personally I think Ash and Carr have done us proud with the squad we have but we have massively failed in appointing a manager on Llambias’ say so who always gets found out after a good start and simply has no plan B.




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