When Newcastle finished 5th in the Premier League a year last May, fans wanted to see the squad strengthened for the upcoming Europa League campaign, but the powers that be at the club made a huge mistake by not doing that, and we suffered the consequences last season, simply because our squad wasn’t big enough or good enough to play two games a week, and we came far too close to relegation for comfort.
Here’s one way to get Loic Remy to sign for Newcastle this summer
And there have been one or two doubts about the five Frenchmen we brought in during the January transfer window, but all five players seem to be getting used to the Premier League, and in the last couple of games we’ve had six Frenchmen starting for the side, including four of the new arrivals and Loic Remy, who is on loan from QPR for the season.
So those five new players are now appearing to be real value for money, and the very fact that four of them are starters suggests we have strengthened the team and the squad this year.
The upcoming January transfer window is not the time to rest on our laurels again and wrongly surmise the squad is now good enough – the squad is never good enough and can always be improved.
And getting say two or three new players in the January might even convince players like Loic Remy that Newcastle do indeed have ambitions higher than just finishing in the upper half of the Premier League every season.
So our good form is even more reason to get players in during January, and not less reason.
There’s a saying in the business world that to improve the performance of your company, you need to be constantly getting better, and if you are not, you are simply going to fall behind.
That concept was hammered into me the last 10 years of my IBM career, when I started to lead one of our growing new consulting businesses in IBM.
And that attitude will stop any company from becoming complacent once they get some success, which seems to be what happened to Newcastle eighteen months ago.
So January is the time to bring in another two or three top players, and who knows, we may even finish high up in the league table next May, and have Loic Remy sign on for us permanently in the summer.
What do you think?
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