Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has said that he is going to block any moves made in the loan period for both Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran, and that tells us Steve is both sensible and also serious about trying to win something this season.
The goal is to finish in the top eight in the Premier League and to win a cup, and if we have any chance of doing that – we need a big squad – we need strength in depth.
Mike Williamson – after scoring against Northampton
Brilliantly set up by Florian Thauvin
McClaren was asked by reporters during an interview whether he was looking to loan out Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran, and this is what he said:
“No, we’re not.” “I think our squad is OK. You know, if you get injuries and things they will be needed.” “I also think we’ve got cup competitions.”
“We used the cup last time very well for the squad, and we’re looking also to the next game to use it very well for the squad.”
“We’ve got a good squad, a strong squad, and we’ve got motivation. They can see a game ahead, and they can see the team is not established yet.”
This is the first season in a very long time since Newcastle had some strength in depth – and Mike and Yoan very rarely make the bench these days.
But Steve’s right, that if we are to do well in both the Premier League and the two local Cup competitions – we will need them at some stage this season.
Given the number of injuries we seem to pick up each season, Newcastle should have bigger squads than most – but the opposite had been true under owner Mike Ashley – until now.
Mike Ashley didn’t push to sell any players when we brought in four good players over the summer – who all look to be starters for Newcastle this season.
Last January and through the middle of April we were threadbare in terms of the players we had available, and Newcastle struggled through the season and only just avoided relegation.
That wasn’t helped by Alan Pardew leaving the club in early January.
We certainly don’t want to do that again this season, so Steve McClaren is showing his experience and savvy in keeping both Yoan and Mike at the club.
What do you think?