One good thing about last season – and there weren’t many – was that three of the players we brought in last summer did very well for the club, in what was another terrible season for us.
Daryl Janmaat (53%) was our Player of the Season, with young Ayoze Perez (18%) the runner-up and Jack Colback (16%) in third place, with over 5,000 readers having voted.
Jack Colback in training last week
It would be good if we can bring in three players this summer who can do very well for us next season.
If we can do that we should do a lot better than last season when we finished in 15th place – the sixth time in the eight seasons under Mike Ashley that Newcastle finished in the lower half of the Premier league.
Fans are downcast at the moment because of a lack of signings and Newcastle are a difficult club to sell to players these days, with the club always seeming to be in one crisis or another.
Local lad Jack Colback is as positive as ever, and he had these words to say in the Chronicle today:
“It would have been depressing, obviously, if we had been relegated, but it didn’t happen and now it’s a new start for everybody at the club.”
“Hopefully we can do a lot better than we did last year. It’s a level playing field, and a fresh start.”
“You’ve got to prove yourself again. So it’s about doing as well as you can on the training field and then hopefully being in that first XI for the start of the season.”
Jack makes a good point there in that as bad as it seems at the moment, things could have been a lot worse if we had been relegated last season – so we suppose the good news is that we survived – just.
But that’s a bit like saying you can cheer yourself up by knocking your head against a brick wall for five minutes, because when you stop it does feel a lot better.
We have to hope that the new coaching team with Steve McClaren as the new head coach can get the best out of the players we already have.
They can do a lot better than John Carver, who irritated both fans and players alike with the stupid comments he kept making in his press conferences.
It’s a new start at Newcastle with the coaches – and we are hoping the club can get some good players through the door this summer.
If we can do that we could even get a top ten finish in the Premier League for only the third time in nine seasons, with Mike Ashley as the owner.
And with where the club is at the moment, that would be a success.
But getting good players in over this summer, after the terrible season Newcastle have just had, is proving to be very difficult.
What do you think?