This summer is shaping up to be a pivotal transfer window for Newcastle United, and it will need to be a very (very) good one, if we are to get back to where we used to be as a top six club or a top four club. The way things are going right now there doesn’t seem to be much chance of that happening.
Gang of three – Charnley, Pardew and Ashley
And the way the side has completely under-performed this year is alarming to say the least, and while we have had top players like Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy missing through injury, it doesn’t say much for the players who have been in the side.
And after almost seven years of Mike Ashley’s ownership, Newcastle now seem to be back to square one – and going nowhere.
Well that’s good in one way that we are going nowhere, because some clubs are going down to the Championship in May, and one of them seems to be Sunderland.
Alan Pardew seems optimistic about what will happen this summer:
“There is uncertainty among the fans about our intentions in the summer, and perhaps I know a little bit more than them,” “I can feel a little bit more confident about it. Some fans may fear we are not going to move forward, but I think we will.”
“I think we have got ourselves in a good position in terms of transfer preparation. We must make sure we strengthen well in the summer and we are not under any illusions about that.”
“I’m not going to put a figure on how many are coming in, but we are certainly going to be active.”
In the last two transfer windows we signed no new players permanently, and we also looked to be incompetent – but there again Joe Kinnear is not around any more – and it’s a good opportunity for new Managing Director Lee Charnley to show what he can do.
With things having gone very badly in the second half of this season, we are fairly confident it will be a good transfer window for the club, but of course there is real skepticism from the fans, because Mike Ashley seems so tight with Newcastle’s money.
There are signs that a number of players could leave the club this summer – and they include Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton and Dan Gosling.
And then there are rumors some players could leave – like Fab Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Tim Krul and Davide Santon.
But we cannot have too many of that second list leave, because it would be difficult to lose 14 players this summer – and impossible to replace them all.
Those on the first list are almost certain to all leave, and we’ll need around six new good players brought in including strikers, and maybe a couple of players to replace the creativity we lost when Yohan Cabaye left the club in January.
What do you think?
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