3 Week Deadline For Newcastle To Make Credible Signings
Newcastle United have a deadline of 3 weeks to make any credible signings for next season.
While many fans are losing faith as to any players actually being bought, that has deflected attention away from the equal importance of the urgency in making new signings.
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The players will be starting pre season training early next month and the first friendly is at Oldham on 15 July, but the crucial timing for me, is a number of credible signings available to step on the plane to New Zealand.
The first game down under is 22 July against Sydney FC, which is [intlink id=”44141″ type=”post”]the first of two televised Newcastle friendlies[/intlink], that fixture now only twenty six days away and so there will be roughly 3 weeks to complete any incoming transfers that would allow potential new players to go on that trip.
To me it is vital that new first team players are recruited in time for them to go to New Zealand, otherwise any new signings would only have two weeks to bond and get integrated into Newcastle’s ‘style’ of play.
We have seen so many times in the past, especially overseas signings, come with a great CV and then get thrown straight into action after stepping off the plane. So many flops but how many of them wouldn’t have been if they’d been handled quickly and been given a chance to work their way into things.
Newcastle got lucky with Moussa Sissoko in particular when Mike Ashley was left with no alternative but to panic buy with relegation looming. Luckily Sissoko hit the ground running and arguably saved Newcastle from going down, though even then it was noticeable that the French midfielder’s form dramatically tailed off after the initial adrenaline rush.
Kevin Keegan of course was the master at planning ahead, something that is alien to the current joke of a set-up.
In 1993 with promotion all but assured, Keegan had the foresight to bring in Scott Sellars and Andy Cole in the March, giving them a couple of months to get used to their new surroundings and those two players were then key to the blistering return to the top tier when United finished third.
The next season he repeated the dose, bringing in Darren Peacock and Ruel Fox with a few months of the season left, helping them to be big assets the following season.
I look into my crystal ball and I can see the excuses already. The season kicks off on 16 August and Newcastle still haven’t made those credible signings, no doubt the message being not to worry as still two weeks of the window left.
As I’ve indicated, the start of the season should in no way be seen as a deadline to aim for, players have to be brought in ASAP or else we will be guaranteed to get off to a horrendous start in the opening matches.
Then as recent seasons have shown under Alan Pardew, once Newcastle are on a bad run then it often becomes a disastrous one.
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