When Newcastle finished in 5th place a year last May and qualified for the Europa League, then was the time to further strengthen the squad for the upcoming Europa League games, but Mike Ashley and company didn’t do that, and the only senior player brought into the squad was Vurnon Anita, and to bring only one senior player in was a huge mistake by the club.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear – the Newcastle hierarchy
And we paid for that mistake last season, when our squad just wasn’t big enough or good enough to play two games a week, and we just avoided being relegated.
Newcastle are again flying high in 6th place in the league table, and it will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear bring in some players in January to further strengthen the squad, which will help out the drive to finish high up in the league table by May.
While Newcastle’s official target is to finish in the top ten, if Newcastle steer clear of injuries and the team keeps up the (very) good form they have shown over the last several games, we could again become a shock team ion the league.
And Ashley now has the opportunity to show that he has bigger ambitions for Newcastle than just finishing in the top half of the league every season, and two or three good players brought in during January, would help that cause.
Then two or three more in the summer, and before too long, Newcastle would have a very decent squad that could potentially challenge for the top six from the get go next season.
And of course if Newcastle do qualify for European competition next season (please don’t tell Alan Pardew I said that), we’d need more players than we have right now, so a good investment in January would be to bring in two or three top players. – it just makes good sense on a number of different fronts.
We’ll have to wait and see, but these are some of the decisions that the Newcastle hierarchy – read that as Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear – will need to make for next month.
What do you think?
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