There are reports tonight that Newcastle will make a move for three players early in this summer’s transfer window – 26 year-old Hull City center-back James Chester, 25 year-old QPR striker Charlie Austin and 21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.
Patrick Bamford – 21 year-old Chelsea striker
One change Newcastle will make in their transfer policy immediately is to bring more British players into their squad, and every one of the above three are English.
The Newcastle hierarchy had a real scare this year when we were almost relegated, and a lot of it was caused by Mike Ashley’s failed policies of making money however and whenever he could.
The squad was left threadbare in January and not strengthened, and an untested and inexperienced coach was put in charge in place of the experienced Alan Pardew who had left Newcastle early in the year.
And from March on we lost eight games in a row and could have been relegated last Sunday – but we managed 4 points in the last three games of the season and that saved us.
We expect Newcastle to spend big money this summer and bring in some very good players – but of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Newcastle will also try to keep their better players while players like Cheick Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez and Sammy Ameobi are all expected to leave the club this summer.
James Chester – 26 year-old Hull center-back
James Chester started his football career by joining Manchester United at the age of eight, and he came through their Youth Academy before he joined Hull City in 2010, and he has now played 171 times for Hull with 8 goals over the last five seasons.
James looks like a steady center-back and central defense is a weakness in the Newcastle team at the moment, with maybe all three experienced center-backs – Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor all put up for sale this summer.
21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has been on loan at Middlesbrough all season , and hardly got a touch of the ball at Wembley, when Middlesbrough were beaten by Norwich 2-0 yesterday in the Championship play-off final.
But Patrick’s done well for Middlesbrough this season with 19 goals in 43 appearances, and it could be that Newcastle try to bring the lad in on loan for next season at St. James’ Park.
While on loan at MK Dons, Derby County and Middlesbrough over the last three seasons, Patrick’s played 112 times with 48 goals.
And striker Charlie Austin is a definite target for Newcastle this summer, and we know all about Charlie – and we must stand a very good chance of signing the former Burnley and Swindon Town striker.
Certainly we are the favorites to sign Charlie this summer.
Newcastle need to get off to a good start this summer by bringing in a top class manager and one or two very good players – say within the next two to three weeks.