With pre season training starting in four days time Newcastle are yet to sign a player, but news this morning that both Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere can’t wait for the new season.

The Chronicle say that Steven Taylor will be fit for that pre season training after working hard over the summer and point out how highly Steve McClaren rates the defender, having called him up for the England squad when he was manager.

Also today, the Sunderland Echo report that Emmanuel Riviere is raring to go for the new season as well, feeling that he is getting the hang of the Premier League now…:

“I keep fighting for the team and I do my job.

“I have to be strong to keep the ball, now I understand that and I work for the team.”

This of course is Emmanuel Riviere who managed one Premier League goal all season and that was from a miss-kick.

Whilst Steven Taylor averages 14 Premier League starts per season over his Newcastle career, due to a mixture of injury and ability/form.

Whilst both players are undoubtedly ones who try their best, I don’t think many of us will fancy having either in our starting eleven when the season kicks off in six weeks time.

If they are, then it will tell us everything about what has happened (or rather hasn’t) in the transfer window.

For the local media it is all a vicious circle.

No new signings means once again they have to put a story together based around players who supporters have little/no faith on, rather than musing on how credible new arrivals will help change Newcastle United’s fortunes.