It could well be that we have seen the last player come through the door this summer, but Newcastle still have a couple of players they are said to be looking at, and it could be that they arrive before next Tuesday night at 6:00pm.
But if no other players come in, we are still very pleased that Newcastle have brought in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin and young Ivan Toney – and they cost just over £50M.
Mike Ashley – kept his word
So one thing that’s clear is that Mike Ashley has kept his word and paid out some big money very for good players.
This is what Steve McCalren said about the transfer status in the program notes for the Northampton game:
“We are undertaking a rebuilding job here and it’s going to be a slow process, but it was never about rushing out to get in eight, nine or ten players at a time.”
“We had to make sure we got quality and we have certainly achieved that in our transfers so far this summer.”
When Steve first came in he said the next three transfer windows would be important for Newcastle, so we would think by next year at this time we will have(a lot) more players in, and we should have a much better squad.
The squad looks very good as witnessed by such a good performance on Tuesday night, by what was really the second team – and the key will be to keep the players fit.
John Carver had to go through an injury crisis early this year, but he also seemed to struggle to get the best out of players because of his inept man-management skills, so when players came back they didn’t play very well.
Would you like to play for somebody who talked about himself all the time, and in front of the TV cameras said the players weren’t good enough, and would be sold in the summer?
To our disbelief John didn’t seem to know the first tenets about what it means to manage people – in this case footballers – and get the best out of them.
A good coach can bring out the best in players – that’s essentially their job – and Steve McClaren seems to have done that fairly quickly – and will continue to do that, so we should be OK even if we get a few injuries.
But Steve and particularly Alessandro Schoenmaker, who is the new fitness coach, are key to keeping our players fit.
It looks like players take ice baths after games and after practices, something that’s been done in the US for many years.
It works because it stops any swelling due to small knocks and any other bruising.
So things are beginning to look up at Newcastle, and we should see players signed in January and then next summer.
Hopefully we have enough talent through the door this summer, and enough talent already on board to give us a strong enough squad to finish in the top eight in the league.
And maybe even win a cup.
Howay The Lads!!