It should be a huge summer for Newcastle with the club having to recruit a new head coach and also bring in some new players – but maybe the most important thing this summer is to appoint a new head coach and that choice will be very important to Newcastle’s future.
Remi Garde – Newcastle’s new head coach?
From the polls we have conducted, English candidates like John Carver and Steve McClaren are not very popular at all, and it seems that fans want a coach from the continent like Frank de Boer, Remi Garde or Thomas Tuchel.
As far as new players coming in, Newcastle need at the very least a striker, center-back and a creative midfield player, and when everybody is fit Newcastle have a decent basic squad to build on.
Newcastle have never replaced Yohan Cabaye, and that is noticeable in that we have had very little creativity in central midfield this season, so we are hoping that Newcastle can recruit a decent central creative player this summer.
The other two obvious deficiencies are at center-back – but as we mentioned in our article today on Bruno Martins Indi, it’s not an absolute certainty that Newcastle will bring in a new center-back in the summer.
Newcastle will have Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles available at the start of pre-season, and Paul Dummett can also play well at center-back.
And the way Newcastle keep their squad small and their wage bill small – this could be the thinking at the top.
And that takes us to another difficulty at Newcastle, and that’s our terrible injury record, when we are nearly always at the top of the Premier League injury table.
Newcastle are currently top with Liverpool and both clubs have eight injured players.
So the fact that Mike Ashley runs a small squad really hits us when we get a lot of injuries, which has happened this season and we are running on a threadbare squad for the rest of the season with players like Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett and Siem de Jong out for the season.
There are two things this points to – one is to launch an investigation and try to understand why we pick up so many injuries in training – and the second thing is to have a bigger squad so we can better handle the injuries when they happen.
But there’s just no doubt this summer’s transfer window is going to be key to Newcastle’s future.
What do you think?
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