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McClaren Confident Of New Signings – To Assess The Academy

8:32 am, Saturday, August 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

Tags: Coaching · Mehdi Abeid · Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbit // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    ED PLEASE SLOWDOWN………….i dont get all this crap if your lucky enough to get to games great but the guys who can not get to games for what ever reason is no less a fan ….some of the older ones on here will remember the 10 min flag …10 mins to go the gates were opened as many ran in as left just to catch a glimpse …we are all fans no one has the right to say trere better we all do what we can for the club we love

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Yeah, that was my impression. The only other person that I’ve heard compare Tiote and Kemen was Lee Ryder, and I am certainly convinced that was based on looks.

    They are very different players from what I have seen. Kemen has a fair way to go, and should be out on loan rather than wasting a year in the reserves, but definitely has more to his game potentially than Tiote.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    He needs to be out playing a decent level of competitive football. We should be doing the same with him as we have with Arma; League 1 till Jan then reassess and hopefully a Championship move for the second half of the season.

    Roberts, Satka, Sterry should all be on similar loans.

  • 4 Jib // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:45 AM


    Bobbybee says he has watched Kemen a lot and thinks the reason the club won’t totally commit is that his first touch is poor.
    It has to be said that those clubs interested in him have based such interest on his performances with the French national side rather than the more humdrum club games.

  • 5 Jib // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Note to self
    Read body of blog before reposting

  • 6 Slank // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Does anybody know whether we currently have a full complement as per the Premiership squad sizes ?

  • 7 northernracoon // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Predictions for today ?? Im going with a very brave 3-2 win! Surprise result i think

  • 8 Bobbybee // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Where he might be like tiote is he’s tough as old boots. Went to derby county to watch the 5th round of the youth cup and kemen and a derby lad ran into each other. The smack of heads was audible to everybody there, a real sickener. Both laid out. Derby kid gets carried off, kemen just carried on. 🙂

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    I thought Kemen was more of a technical player and here I hear SM compare him to Tiote?

  • 10 Munster Mag // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Looking back over the managerial choices and the strong dislike of mcclaren on this blog i am really pleased we got him. His interbational exposure is strong and players will come here because of his coaching nous. De boer did terribly in holland last year and i think he is in dreamland if he thinks barca or Real or Munich will be knocking on his door. i dont think karanka would gave got guys like cathro in either. I still maintain that the clubs approach is more ambitious . Our toon saying that we have lost 4 and got in 3 is daft. We are in a far better place now. Wijnaldum is an awesome prospect and shud be playing CL football. I think charnley has done well this summer and deserves respect and credit for mitro etc

  • 11 Munster Mag // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Tks bobby. Good insight re kemen

  • 12 kilcline // Aug 15, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Take a chancel on me

    Austin is not desperate to leave, think we could not get him! Sell cisse though.

    Would take ashley Cole for a year!

    Still need a centre back and flog the dead wood.

    Come on the toon

  • 13 kilcline // Aug 15, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Still drunk, *now

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Aug 15, 2015 at 9:14 AM


    ” the reason the club won’t totally commit is that his first touch is poor.”

    and yet willo has played nearly 200 games for us!!!!!

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