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.
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.