Joe Kinnear did his best in the program notes for yesterday’s game to dampen any hopes Newcastle fans have of the club adding players in January, and Joe Kinnear said the squad was now stronger than it was two years ago when we finished in 5th place and qualified for Europe.
Joe Kinnear – we have a stronger squad than two years ago
This is what the Director of Football had to say in yesterday’s program notes:
“Given the business we did last January and with the loan addition of Loic Remy in the summer, it is our belief that we now have a squad that, in terms of quality and quantity, is stronger than we had in the season we finished fifth, and should enable the manager to deal with every reasonable eventuality.”
“For obvious reasons, in January 2013 we did significant business, but this year we can afford to take a more calculated and considered approach – if the right player becomes available for the right price and we are sure he can improve on what we have in the squad, then we may do business.”
“If not, then we won’t. That’s how it should be. We will not be rushed or forced into making knee-jerk decisions, which experience tells us more often than not turn out to be costly mistakes.”
“Now that we have strength and depth in most areas, as well as players within our ideal age range in most positions, our intention for the first team going forward is to sign one or two players per year to improve the squad.”
“This will be done within strict financial parameters – the club will only spend what it can afford.”
We assume that if we lose top players in the summer – like Yohan Cabaye for instance as just one example – then they will be immediately replaced.
And it seems that Newcastle may have a striker problem looming in the summer.
Shola Ameobi’s contract will end in June and it will not be renewed, and we’ll be hard pressed to get Loic Remy to sign permanently for the club.
And add to that the fact clubs are already coming in for Papiss Cisse, and a Qatar club was apparently in Newcastle last week and had their £9M bid for the Senegal strike turned down.
So it would be good if we can get at least one striker through the door in January, otherwise we will need to bring in at least two top strikers in the summer.
What do you think?
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