Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren seems to think we are not exactly where we need to be this summer, and hints that more players will need to be brought in, but the coach says that Coloccini agreeing to stay was a big decision for the club.
We have to think that’s because Newcastle think they don’t need another center-back brought in, but will only keep one of Steve Taylor or Mike Williamson for the season.
Steve McClaren at his news conference on Thursday
It’s likely that Williamson will be the one likely to be sold before the end of the transfer window.
Newcastle will face their first test today against Southampton and we’ll get some idea how the lads perform against one of the top eight clubs in the Premier League.
This is what McClaren has said:
“We are maybe not exactly where we want to be.” “We know that, the club know that and we are still looking but we have to get the right ones and not just bring people in for the sake of it.”
“A big decision is Colo signing because that was always a worry to us but over the next three games before the end of the window, we will probably assess it.”
“Ivan Toney is one for the development squad.” “He trained with the U21s for two or three days and they recommended him so we have signed him.”
“We will assess him. He trained with the first team yesterday – we will do that with the younger players if they are good enough to assess them and to give them a pathway – and we will make a decision.”
Most fans think we need a defender, midfield player and striker brought in over the next three weeks – and Newcastle still seem willing to spend the money to strengthen the squad.
What happened in the second half of last season makes that not too surprising – 13 points in our last 19 league games and a third round FA Cup loss at Leicester were simply unacceptable for a club of Newcastle’s stature.
Three good players brought in before September 1st should ensure we have a good squad for the season.
And lets hope we can start the season off with a win.