Newcastle seem to have done a lot of work this summer and we had a good transfer window and seemed to have strengthened the squad by bringing in five good players.
At the same time Newcastle have retained some of our good experienced players – so it seems we now have some strength in depth in the squad.
We haven’t had that for a good few years, so hopefully we can have a good season.
Graham Carr – Chief Scout – will be busy for the rest of the year
What Newcastle will have also done, that we haven’t fully seen yet, is line up some targets for January.
From the goings on in the last week, it seems Newcastle are again interested in former striker target 23 year-old Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Hamburg.
Newcastle may try to bring him the German striker in on loan in January, or sign him permanently at that time.
And we haven’t heard the last of Newcastle pursuit of Charlie Austin (oh no!), and we could go after him in January for a fee of less than one half the £15M QPR wanted for him this summer.
Depending on what Newcastle’s situation is on the scoring front in January, will help decide what we do with Charlie.
Newcastle could for example sign Austin to a pre-contract agreement then, and make it official in the summer, when he becomes a free agent.
Newcastle could also bring in some defensive cover in January – again depending on how well we have performed defensively through the end of this year.
Defense been our big weakness, and Newcastle have conceded 190 goals over the last three Premier League seasons, which is far too many.
Some younger players could also arrive early next year – such as 20 year-old central midfielder Alex Mowatt from Leeds United.
The Newcastle Board will be looking at how things have gone in the summer, and drawing up initial plans for who we can sign in January, and most targets will have already been identified.