McClaren Confident Of New Signings – To Assess The Academy

The summer transfer window closes two weeks on Monday night, so not too many more articles on Newcastle signing Charlie Austin during that time, probably only about ten.


Last Sunday Steve McClaren had meetings with owner Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board before the first home game against Southampton, and it seems those meetings went well.

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Jack Colback in action last Sunday

In yesterday’s press conference for the game today with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium McClaren seemed confident Newcastle could get some additional players through the door this month.

Newcastle will also be allowing some players to leave,  and it looks like Greek side Panathinaikos are interested  in taking Mehdi Abeid on board – this time on a permanent basis – after he played so well on loan there the season before last.

It could be a busy last two weeks of the transfer window,  with Newcastle hoping to add to their numbers and some fringe players being either sold or sent out on loan.

Newcastle are also keen to have more English players in the side, with Geordie Jack Colback the only Englishman to play against Southampton last Sunday.

McClaren talked about having more Englishmen in the Newcastle side:

“We are very aware of the need for young English players coming through,”“That’s one of the things I have discussed with Lee in terms of providing the platform we need in the scouting and recruitment system.”

“In a few years, you’ll have to have more home-grown players, and in the long term we’ll need young English players coming through.”

“It’s something we need to address once this window is closed, because I haven’t really had a chance to assess the Academy yet.”

“We’ve had some young players in training with the first team, but the last few weeks have been so intense.”

“But we know that in the squad systems that are coming up in a year, two years, three years, we will need home-grown players. It’s an area we’ve talked about, and that we must address.”

Newcastle have been linked with a few Englishmen this summer including Charlie Austin of QPR and Sam Byram of Leeds United, and maybe at least one Englishman will be brought on board before September 1st.

We also have Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons waiting in the wings and they could both become Newcastle starters this season, and we also had Karl Darlow and Steve Taylor as unused subs against the Saints.

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman and Sammy Ameobi are also English and out on loan, but only Adam and Freddie probably have futures at Newcastle, and we’d be surprised if Sammy is not sold next summer.

We are still hoping for new players arriving in the next couple of weeks, especially a defender since the defense still looked our weak link last Sunday.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.