Managing Director Lee Charnley returned from a two week break late last week, and the news in the Shields Gazette today is that he has been told to get five new players into the club this summer, but from the difficulty we’ve had so far this summer, that could prove to be a (very) difficult task.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – prefers Hamburg
Newcastle have been stalled in their attempts to get some strikers in – and it looks like Bafe Gomis will now sign for Swansea City, German U21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga wants to join Hamburg, and Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia is becoming too expensive for Newcastle.
And the World Cup has almost three weeks still to go, and it’s unlikely any players taking part in the tournament will be signing for any club any time soon.
Alan Pardew tried to convince Newcastle fans that the club were doing everything they could last week to bring in new players, but that seemed to fall on deaf ears, and Newcastle always seem to find it difficult to get a player to Tyneside these days.
We would think the five players are made up of at least two strikers, a winger, and a creative midfield player since we still have to replace the departed Yohan Cabaye.
And maybe even a center-back to shore up our defense, which has been poor over the last two seasons, and we’ve conceded 124 league goals in that time. 🙁
But we’re sure the goal after our last league game was to get at least two or three top signings in before pre-season starts in about two weeks time, and that now is just not going to happen.
And we probably shouldn’t be selling players like Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa until we get their replacements on Tyneside.
What do you think?