Steve McClaren Coy On Whether There Will Be More Signings

Steve McClaren qs a little bit coy on whether Newcastle will be signing nay more players – and as far as signing any before next Sunday’s tough opening Premier League game against Southampton – probably not.

Most fans want to see another central defender brought in and that’s been identified in polls as the player we need the most, and you could see why today when a simple mistake at the back basically cost us the game, even though we hit the woodwork twice and on another day may have had a couple of goals.

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Steve McClaren – at today’s game on the sideline

Steve McClaren talked to the journalists after the game today about new signings:

“Are we looking at more? There is a lot of speculation out there. Nothing is happening at the present moment, believe you me.”

“There is a lot of work behind the scenes. It’s taken us quite a while to get the ones we’ve got.”  “We are pleased with them – very pleased – because of their quality.”

“Will there be any more? I don’t know, I always want more but are they available, and can we get them? We don’t know.”

“I am delighted with what I have got to work with now until the start of the season. It’s a big eight days for us.” “Yeah I would expect what we’ve got to start.”

The players Newcastle have brought in so far have quality, and we saw all three of them in today’s game – with Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Gini Wijnaldum making their home debuts.

There were a few times when the Wijnaldum got the ball and the crowd buzzed in anticipation as he moved smoothly with the ball at his feet – this lad can become a great player for us.

Newcastle need to keep players like Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat at the club, but the only slight question mark with those three is with Moussa.

But if he wants to be in the French squad for the European 2016 Championships next summer in his home country – he should stay at Newcastle.

Moussa looked good today and he combined well on occasion with Gini Wijnaldum, who has always looked a class player since he arrived.

The next big test for Newcastle is the real one – the first Premier League game a week tomorrow against a good Southampton side at St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t mind if we do not get a defender in before next Sunday (LIKE TO) but got to bring in at least two maybe 3 before window closes as we will struggle – BIG TIME

  • He Will Rise Again

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I defy anyone to look at the above quotes and tell me this doesn’t sound like Pardew.

    McClaren the next Ashley mouthpiece?

    Never mind bolting the horse onto the cart, our cart hasn’t got wheels yet.

    Talk about making our own luck. We will be very luck to get anything next week at current strength.

    To early to say for sure but Ashley may have manipulated and lied once more. Oh, how easy it is to give NUFC fans false hope.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Coy is good.
    Keep your powder dry is a good mantra.
    Next weekend is not the end of the transfer deadline.
    So let’s see what transpires.

    The problem with Achilles heels are that they are well an ” Achilles heel” situation. If Colo and Taylor are both injury prone then playing performances apart ( good or bad ) they should be rotated otherwise the squad and defence will yet again be seriously compromised.
    Mwemba and Van Dijk seems an obvious partnership with Colo and the rest as back up and available for Cup a Games against lesser opposition .
    It’s not rocket science , is it ?

  • Our Toon

    Aug 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Have to say reading through some of the comments from today’s game made me chuckle, especially the stuff about Obertan.

    It’s common knowledge that Obertan is good in meaningless games when there is no pressure, listen to what Fergie says about him, best player in training and friendlies but gets stage fright when its competitive games. He has a mental block issue and cant perform as he’s nervous. You still get some though who think he’ll finally come good….good grief!!

  • banjax

    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Telling the opposition via the press who your targets are is just plain stupid. So I for one am pleased Schteve is keeping Schtum about our targets. It keeps the price down for one and they hopefully don’t see us coming !

  • banjax

    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Our Toon

    Totally agree with your comments about Obertan. He has done nothing for the club. A dis-interested player who has the occasional flash of graft but more likely to chicken out of tackles and doesn’t check back. Lazy boy !

  • lesh

    Aug 2, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Lochinvar, banjax

    You’re right that McClaren might be keeping quiet about more signings. I think there will be as he must surely be pressing for another good CB, at the very least.

    On the other hand, his words are balanced and equally interpreted as a message, conditioning fans to the possibility of none for the first team.

    Outgoing transfers may have to come first thus reducing the wage bill and accessing some funds towards the cost of incomers.

    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see but even if we stick with the three we’ve signed so far and not lose any top players, I think we’ll have strengthened the squad – maybe not numerically but in quality.

    Hey ho, be ready for a, shall we say, disappointing result against Southampton and shakey form thereafter.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 2, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #8

    There’s only one way you can “make your own luck” in this league, and that’s to buy it. How else can you possibility do it. Have we spent enough money to buy our own luck? Not even close.Three players from weaker leagues, even if they are good players, is never going to be enough to dramatically change our fortunes; to “make our own luck”. Ashley, once again, pays lip service to the supporters and laughs all the way to the bank.

  • magpie_in_ohio

    Aug 2, 2015 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #9

    While I’d hoped we had signed a one (or two) to strengthen our back line, I am pleased with the three they’ve signed. Ask yourself, would you rather sign three that will start or 7, only two of which are worthy of a starting 11. Much better than last summer.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 2, 2015 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m pleased with the three we’ve signed, but it seems well short of what we needed to really change the complexion of the squad. Overall, it’s still dead ordinary. We still look lower third of the table to me and if you are down that end anything can happen – as witnessed by last season. Maybe we have strengthened, spent a bit more, but there hasn’t been the serious show of intent that would make Ashkey’s “promises” seem anything other than hollow rhetoric.


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