We have just got rid of our Director of Football, so is it possible that half of this summer will see Newcastle United make no transfer progress, because the club will be looking to make their most vital signing first – the DOF, whom they would like to give every opportunity to identify and land suitable targets once he has arrived?

No point in wasting money on players prior to his arrival, if they do not fit his model for the future success of the club, right?!!

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Meanwhile, Cabaye has just left for upwards of £20 million! Nice sums, but where is his replacement? Oh yeah they ran out of time. Huh?! How does that work then? Ah, we are safe this season so let’s show no ambition and risk demoralising the rest of the decent players in our squad, by demonstrating that we have no ambition to enhance the club’s status or their careers by pushing for honours/Europe – ah well. We’ll replace him in the summer with a top notch midfielder…right?

tim krulIt’s OK though, because following 3-0 losses to our fiercest rivals Sunderland (at home) and then to Chelsea – Alan Pardew stated that there is lots of team spirit in the dressing room. Nobody can argue against that, you just have to look at our performance to see the proof.

Steven Taylor, in his infinite wisdom, had words to this effect to add: ”We gave them nothing in the first half, apart from the 2 goals.” Are these people completely and utterly delusional? Just putting it out there.

This summer we will lose Loic Remy. Luuk De Jong is not ours, seeing as we have not paid for him – so we’ll probably lose him too. Whether he will be a loss remains to be seen. Shola Ameobi is off and we clearly want to flog Cisse despite Pardew declaring this when he signed him:

”I am really pleased because it’s a big investment for the club. While Mike [Ashley] sanctioned it and Mike is the owner and [managing director] Derek [Llambias] had to see the deal through, it’s fans’ money. I have got to spend fans’ money here – if we don’t get anyone coming into the stadium, we haven’t got any money, so I like to spend it well. We have worked hard on that, we have taken our time and we hope we got it right.”

Did the club get it right with Cisse? Young Campbell is holding his own in Scotland, but there is a big jump between their standards and the EPL. So is it likely that he will be firing them in on a regular basis for us next term?

By my calculations this summer will see us without our two top scorers, Remy and Cabaye. Meanwhile, NEWSFLASH – We will not have ONE senior striker on the books. That’s right. Not one. How much will that cost to put right?

In defence, big question marks over Steven Taylor. Will he/wont he be sold? Is he a liability? Has he reached his saturation point in terms of progression as a footballer? Is Yanga-Mbiwa going to come good? Will Colo stay? Either way, we go into the summer needing at least 1 good quality central defender. Good and Streete could sneak into the squad maybe? We are probably OK at full back, if we do not sell any of them. However, if Ryan Taylor fails to recover from his major injury, we will need cover at right back.

Into midfield then. Marveaux, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Obertan, Sammi Ameobi, Bigirimana. Bigi came in with lots of potential, but probably won’t feature much next term. He is young and inexperienced. Loan players such as Vuckic and Ferguson are not likely to make it at first team level here. Vuckic is struggling at Rotherham…

Gosling will be leaving, not that he will be missed. Obertan is clearly not in favour any more thankfully and there are rumours Sylvain Marveaux wants out. Meanwhile, it’s no secret that many fans as well as Pardew appear to have realised that Ben Arfa does not bring the consistency required to be a focal point of our team. Where does Benny fit into our side? Will he be sold? If so, that leaves us with weaknesses all over midfield, as opposed to just most of it… 2 quality signings would help, but that costs money.

Fingers crossed we hold on to Tim Krul.