Things Newcastle Can Do This Summer To Build A Great Side


There’s a lot of negative press and comments around Newcastle at the moment about our failure to have any success in the transfer market – but even if we cannot bring a player in permanently this month,  there are things Newcastle can do in the summer  that could build on what we have, and have an even better squad come September.

joe kinnear up close

Joe Kinnear – what’s our strategy in the transfer market?
Other than to say we have limited money to spend and the deals must be right


But a lot of it is to keep the top players we already have, which we admit may not be easy – given all the talk form both Joe Kinnear and Alan pardew that we cannot compete with top clubs – but at least Newcastle should make the effort.

If you keep saying things like we cannot compete – you get to be right about it – and people believe you – like our top players for instance. 🙁

Here are some of the things we’d like to see the club do – and it’s in the spirit of doing something positive:

  • Get a deal agreed in January with Montpellier for Remy Cabella to sign him in the summer, and according to the French press the lad is very keen to join Newcastle, whatever his bosses at Montpellier have to say about Newcastle.
  • Sign Yohan Cabaye to a long term contract, and tell him Newcastle will build their team around him.
  • Sign Loic Remy to a long term deal in the summer, after first signing Yohan Cabaye, which should make the task a little easier – Loic can be great for Newcastle in the future – but he needs to know the club is going somewhere.
  • Go after Demba Ba, who seems to be available from Chelsea (or another top striker),  and if we cannot get him in January – go after him in the summer, since it seems likely that both Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse could be leaving the club in the summer.
    We are not sure Luuk de Jong is the man – but we can get him on loan hopefully this month – and see how things pan out through the end of the season.
  • If Fab Coloccini is to leave and return to Argentina this summer , we would need to bring in a top center-back into the club – although at the moment Fab’s future at Newcastle is still uncertain – and maybe he could stay at the club.
  • Unload fringe players like Dan Gosling (his contract ends in June), Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Jonas Gutierrez and decide on the future of youngsters like James Tavernier, Conor Newton and Haris Vuckic.

If we can keep Cabaye and Remy in the summer, we can then bring in a top striker  (it could be Luuk de Jong if he does well on loan) and then a couple more good players in – while keeping the players we want to keep – and we should have a much better squad for next season.

If we can keep the excellent players we have – like Cabaye and Remy – Newcastle are not too far away from having a very good side – but we need to persuade both Cabaye and Remy that Newcastle are going places.

But that’s what could prove to be difficult – and that seems to be Newcastle’s Achilles heel – we are just not ambitious enough to be able to keep top players.

There I’ve said it again. 😀

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172 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Mackems after Ever Banega from Valencia.

    I will personally strangle JFK if that happens

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Joe will do the minimum in summer under Mike’s guidance. It’s a ridiculous mess at the moment. Players sitting doing nothing for decent wages (Marveaux and Obertan come to mind). Cisse on the bench to what purpose? If he’s not good enough sell him. I suppose we’re waiting til the summer to see what Remy does. Will Colo leave as well? If so who do we have in mind to replace him? Willo has been a rock for us which I continue to be surprised by. Lots of issues and Joe sitting there like the Sphinx.

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  • lesh

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #4

    oh Ed man give Kinnear a chance. A visionary genius such as him can only achieve so much.

    By the time he gets his frame of his bed half the season’ll gone!

    The best thing Ashley could do for the fans and the club is sack him!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, you missed out one vitally important signing – a PROPER Director of Football to replace the idiot we currently employ in that role!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m pretty sure Joe is still living in the 90’s in his mind. Now he’s gone dead quiet because he realizes he’s over his head. Will Mike notice? Probably not.

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  • BRABOT

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Une ruhttp://www.francefootball.fr/news/Doucoure-plait-a-newcastle/434924meur dans France Football,
    Abdoulaye Doukoure,un millieu offensif de Rennes
    ,offensive midfield 21 years talks with Newcattle.
    http://www.francefootball.fr/news/Doucoure-plait-a-newcastle/434924

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  • TurkishFan101

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #8

    What a talent.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vmm-xCq4To That must be his best goal ever in his career so far. Imagine we had a player in his calibre. Would be something very special and be a legend for ever in the name of NUFC. We really need to be scouting in the South American continent. Only reason I see we don’t is due to the difficulty in getting the visa and that sorted out.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #9

    I know this sounds depressing but if we do everything on Eds list, which would be great, we’d still be a million miles off man city.

    What we need more than anything is a genuine world class striker. Negrado cost 20mil, Suarez 22mil….go out and buy a player like that who will lift the whole team and win games on his own.

    Even if he flops you get money back on strikers, heck some daft bugger even offered 9mil for cisse who’s been out of form for 18 months.

    Remember buying players doesn’t make you money disappear. If you invest 100k in a house you don’t have nothing, you have a house worth 100k if you sell and somewhere to live.

    Keeping our money in the bank does nothing, I can’t remember the last time a wheelbarrow full of cash was the top scorer in the prem league or when a team had an open top bus parade with the skipper holding aloft a healthy balance sheet.

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  • toonking

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    well I’ve tried to do it with the cricket team, what happens days still drag slow

    next i tried with murrey and he goes out so it’s still the same slow days with little to talk about.

    now it’s the turn of the GB winter Olympic team who are said to be in their best form ever for a winter Olympic and a sport where i can easily think of the POSITIVES is just what i need.

    the reason i I’m saying this is that with Newcastle at the minute it’s very hard to get any positive thoughts and it could be like that the rest of this season.

    the reason is quite simple, if we don’t manage to bring in any players this January, newspapers will start writing masses of stories that sound negative.

    things such as
    newcastle left with just cisse inside or is even he off.

    champions league cab bye newcastle.

    Ashley linked with selling the club

    Ashley buying rangers.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Another false rumour I suspect. Doucoure is 21 with little experience. Why bring in yet another young midfielder?

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Am I the only one who can see a prospect of 3 future Engaland Interbational strikers leading the Newcastle Forward line next year…
    Adam Cambell
    Jonathan Quinn
    Adam Armstrong…

    Excited but nervous…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t get too down toonking @10. We have some very decent players going forward. The team will change a bit in the summer but that’s essential to remain competitive. I worry about having Joe in there though. Can he even talk to foreign clubs intelligently? If he can’t pronounce our players’ names how does he sound to other clubs?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Only one thing on Ed’s list will definitely happen. No prizes for guessing which one.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m not even sure Joe can unload fringe players Novo mate @14. Does he even know who they are? I still don’t understand it taking this long to do anything. Look at last summer: deal to sell Gosling (fell through), nothing done about Obertan (just casting around desperately now), nothing done about Marveaux (why didn’t we give him a little more playing time before writing him off?). What is he doing? Everyone is asking but there appear to be no answers.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #16

    A bit early to say anything at all about Campbell, Quinn, or Armstrong Nfl mate @12. Their all far too early on. Many young players show a lot of promise but very, very few really make an impact in the Prem. If one of those 3 becomes a decent Prem striker that will be a fantastic outcome I would think.

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  • lukes26

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Transfer Sage

    You make it sound as though just because Newcastle cheque book is balanced that Ashley isnt spending money. Everyone forgets that he’s been paying off debt the entire time he’s been at the club. These payments are not reflected in the annual balance sheets.

    Just because Ashley is a billionaire does not mean he has a billion to actually spend. It is not Liquid Assets. None of us know how much Ashley actually has to spend.

    You throw around the amount of 20 million to be spent on a striker as though money was unlimited and would not create a Leeds-level existential crisis if its spent on one transfer.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Geordie Two; upon reflection and after considering your view I will retract my statement. Non of the above on Ed’s list will happen.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Other clubs spend to go forward in the league lukes26 mate. We limp along and wait for disasters to happen and then panic and spend. Look at last January. Dangerously near relegation before Mike spent but it turns out he does have money to spend on us when he has to. We constantly skate on thin ice because of him. He’ll cock it up this summer as well with Joe as DoF.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Novo mate :). It shows we have real confidence in Joe.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Luke
    If Ashley cannot justify £20 mill expenditure every season on a top ten Pl side then he clearly is not the owner for us.
    Last season we was in the top 20 richest teams in the world and admittedly have dropped out due to the shambolic season we had.But come on mate £20 mill is nothing to a man worth 2 billion

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #22

    @Geordie Mate: I was just joking about the current scenario mate…
    But the last time similar scenario happened was when we were in championship when we gambled on Carrol and Loverkrands……

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Mashley just needs to show some manliness and grow a pair and decide what he wants with Nufc.Does anyone still think he would be the owner if he wasn’t making money

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #24

    The TV money makes it entirely reasonable to spend 20M pounds a year in the Prem now. We should be reinforcing to stay in the top 8 but will Ashley do it? Probably not. For a supposedly intelligent business man he seems lost in football. And with Joe to show him the way we should end up in more quicksand in no time.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    De Jong on the bench for Gladbach.

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  • lukes26

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley’s spent over 250 million in paying off debt. Which is really closer to 350 million when you consider the interest that would have been included.

    People ACTUALLY get upset at him for offering to sell the club for 260 million. Its madness.

    Fans at NUFC are like children who’s parents paid off their mortgage and then get upset when they dont get Christmas gifts they wanted.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Aye I see what you mean now Nfl mate. Yes, letting the striker situation get out of hand is ridiculous at this point. Remy has already more or less said he wants to leave in summer (he wants Champs League and he’s not going to get it with us). Shola is finished. Cisse is in one of the worst striker slumps I’ve ever seen. Sounds promising doesn’t it?

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Himanshu
    If that is true he aint coming here Monday as some would have us believe

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Hmmm. I think your numbers are a little suspect there lukes26 @26. Ashley has a lot of money on the table with the club it’s true, but he will get it all back and much more. The money is going to pour in from now on if he keeps his head and keeps us in the top 10 in the Prem. The TV money is enormous. He’s done very little to make money otherwise (odd for a brilliant businessman wouldn’t you say)? We have a very poor deal with Wonga. A pittance really compared to many other clubs. Ashley has shown no real ability to make money from the club other than TV revenue he really has nothing to do with.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Jazzy

    What do you mean “if that is true”? It is true

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #31

    geordie two at 15 .gosling deal fell through because we wanted money for him when he was out of contract at end of season and not top class.has hardly been a rush of clubs to pay money for him as with ober you cant sell someone no one wants to buy in real life .as for playing marv more having watched him play for reserves v chelsea poor first touch lazy gutless sure playing him more would have been worse.on other comment i believe campbell has every chance of making the grade as a bellamy type player .armstrong has scored so many goals since pre season 31 he must have a great chance. hits the ball hard and quick and is technically good also.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Doucouré is a fringe player in France U20 and his club Rennes.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #34

    rubbish analogy

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  • lukes26

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #35

    How would Ashley make this money back when he’s offering to sell the club for 267 million and has put 250 million in debt payment? He didnt buy the club for free.

    If you remember, NUFC is not profitable . How would he make money? Geez.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Hi guys,

    So what’s the chat? NUFC is not profitable? Right, that’s my lot…back to the sunshine.

    Stay insane folks! x

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  • nufcalex

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Well if we don’t spend this window, get looking forward to two world class players coming in the summer window. Cabella being one. We’ll have 30+ mill

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #38

    sell his fat ass

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  • lukes26

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibizatoon..lol!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    With little leadership from above I think Pardew feels very isolated. I wonder how often he talks to Joe and does he get anything useful out of it?

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