Newcastle United – What Should Happen v Reality
A lot has been said about the state of Newcastle United.
Let’s be frank, there is little to no optimism coming from the supporters right now. I don’t expect the hoped for windfall of cash or players will appear this summer. In fact I predict we can expect more frustration and departures of the old ‘purple’ players.
I’ve listed those things that should happen this summer, alongside what the fans are clinging to as realistic hopes for the new season.
What Should Happen: Spend big.
Realistic Hope: Utilise out of contract signings quickly.
Now we all know Newcastle have bought nobody over the past 16 months with only 2 loan players in the process. My hope is we are able to utilise a growing free transfer market and bring players in quickly to boast the squad.
Now most clubs work their summer budgets based on transfer fees EG Poyet might have £20m/£25m. In reality he will probably spend around £30m taking into account signing on fees and agent fees. A good free transfer would still cost on average £3-4 million plus his salary.
Players like Gomis and Colback have been mentioned and I would take both gladly. Colback is no Cabaye, he is probably no better than Anita, but I think he could offer something as far as a squad player is concerned. Each top division club have released around half a dozen or so senior players on average, whether they aren’t good enough or they want to leave. There is plenty of talent out there to capitalise on.
What Should Happen: A more attacking team.
Realistic Hope: A team with more belief.
Now we all dream of a return to something like the Keegan/Robson type of football, but realistically, I just want to see a team that doesn’t throw the towel in every time the opposition take the lead. The way our team crumbled game after game when conceding first was alarming. I expect us to show more fight and more character this year. Bringing in a couple of experienced heads wouldn’t be a bad thing to take this team forward.
What Should Happen: New top players who are automatic first teamers.
Realistic Hope: Give youth a chance.
As mentioned above we all still hope for new faces and what they can potentially offer remains to be seen. Realistically, I expect more of our academy players to be given chances. With only Cisse currently on the books up front, we need to give opportunities to the likes of Campbell and Armstrong. Also, players like Abeid and Remi Streete have got to be worth more game time?
What Should Happen: A new manager.
Realistic Hope: Some new ideas Alan!
It is safe to say that teams have seen through the old ‘put shola on for the last 20 minutes’ routine. Now my expectation is that we try something different like a 3-4-3 or an actual attacking 4-1-2-1-2 (diamond midfield) and show a bit of expansive creativity. Hey, we could even one day see the likes of Steve Stone and John Carver actually drill the team on set-piece exercises which could prove handy…
What Should Happen: Ashley sells the club.
Realistic Hope: Keeps his nose out and lets the football do the talking.
Now I’m actually impressed that we have a full pre-season programme sorted out for the first time in 4 years, real progress? I doubt it! My ambition is to see us go a couple of weeks without hearing some spin from the Ashley camp. Hey, as long as we don’t see a Dennis Wise turn up as DOF that has to be a positive…?
I don’t think anybody is kidding themselves that it isn’t going be awful again, I just hope there are at least a few brain cells in there to suggest some change from last season which we could count as progress.
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