First let me say thank you for the opportunity The Mag gave me, so I am able to present all Magpies faithful with my concerns on our beloved team here, and to give you my ideal Newcastle United squad for the new season.
I am one of the biggest fans of the Magpies here in Indonesia (a country in South East Asia, fyi), if only one of a few. Other people like to see/watch football choose the big fish, but not me. I was mocked because Newcastle is not that well known here in Indonesia, but I presume that in my country there are not many real footballholics who have a deep knowledge of Premier League. So can’t appreciate just how big Newcastle United is.
I have been closely following Newcastle since 1998. I fell in love with Newcastle since watching Super Al scoring goals for fun at that time, Nobby Solano (in my opinion he is only second behind Beckham in term of accuracy on crossing and free kicks in his era), Laurent Robert (left hand version of Beckham), Rob Lee, Shay Given, Olivier Bernard (yes, that little quick French left winger-turned-left fullback) or even Nikos Dabizas still I remember strongly.
Newcastle’s style of using free full-flowing attacking football emphasized in crosses from left and right wingers, always excited me.
It still excites me every time I remember that Robson era where we played matches against Barcelona and others in Champions League. Quite a different class of rivals remembering who we played against last term (Rotherham, everybody).
But, the euphoria is creeping back at me this season, we are back in the Premier League. It means that I will at least have opportunities to watch Newcastle playing against rivals on TV (Championship is sadly not broadcast here in Indonesia).
The last two months passed and not one day I left without reading news regarding updates of players targeted and fingers crossed, hopefully signed by Newcastle. So, truthfully at the moment, I’m in a bad mood since we only signed two players (for the senior team) until now, Atsu and Lejeune.
On this occasion I would like to share my version regarding the current players who we should keep, who we should let go and the players needed to make Newcastle able to challenge the top half. I think this target is possible to achieve with the addition of the right players.
Newcastle United Squad for Premier League 2017/2018:
Alphonse Areola (PSG) (Loan with the option of permanent deal)
Another left footed central defender – Zou Feddal (Alaves) / Doria (Marseille) / Tyrone Mings (Bournemouth)
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) / Luke Garbutt (Everton) / Matt Target / Sam McQueen(Southampton)
Defensive / Central Midfielder
James McCarthy (Everton) / Gianelli Imbula (Stoke) / Fabian Delph / Fernando (Man City)
Siem de Jong
Jacob Murphy (Norwich) / Jefferson Montero (Swansea) / Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) / Max Gradel (Bournemouth)
Loic Remy (Chelsea) / Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) / Andre Gray (Burnley) / Chuba Akpom (Arsenal)
Tim Krul (GK)
Grant Hanley (CB)
Achraf Lazaar (LB)
Jack Colback (CM)
Daryl Murphy (ST)
Emmanuel Riviere (ST)
Loan Out :
Freddie Woodman (GK)
Matz Sels (GK)
Jamie Sterry (RB)
Curtis Good (CB)
Sean Longstaff (CM)
Callum Roberts (LW)
Adam Armstrong (ST)
Ivan Toney (ST)
One player who I am really still not truly convinced yet to be sold or kept is Mitro. But remembering his passion for Magpies whenever he played, I prefer to keep him, at least for one more season.
For Colback, although I know he is a local lad, but last season he is simply awful. We cannot, we must not keep him in our squad. He is not good enough.
Above are the players of my choice, recruited, stayed, loaned and shipped out.
Maybe my choices of players are far from perfect, but at least those newcomers are upgrades from the old ones, and have an almost similar type of play one and another.
I am very sorry for my terrible English and choices of words. I really hope that what I want to share is able to be understandable. Please remember I am not a native and came from a far far country out there, always supporting Newcastle United whether they win or lose.
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