Last season showed that this group of Newcastle players is not good enough.

Maybe they shouldn’t have ended up in a position of fighting relegation on the final day of the season, but surely we all must accept that the current Newcastle team/squad is not one that can compete for the top eight.

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Turning this summer’s lack of activity into a positive, at least we haven’t signed any rubbish yet…

A second positive, is that the Chronicle have reporteda number of times that according to their club information, half a dozen new players are set to arrive at St James Park.

Again being positive, I want to believe that we are talking about six first team ready players, not ones for the future who we”ll be stuck with for the next five years with them hardly stepping on the pitch.

I think that if we bring in the right six players then the following five will complement them perfectly, giving Newcastle a team capable of competing.

Siem de Jong

Whatever we do or don’t do in the transfer window, this is one player who we have to expect will show his class this coming season. Said to be Yohan Cabaye’s replacement, albeit a slightly different type of player, the Dutchman is on my list of five.

Daryl Janmaat

A bit of a no-brainer. Newcastle’s best defender against some pretty non-existent competition, as well as the team’s equal best provider of goals (six) with Jack Colback.

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Moussa Sissoko

Whilst he would undoubtedly prefer to be somewhere else, Moussa has had a reality check.

Didier Descamps has warned Sissoko and others of the hazards of moving this summer to a ‘bigger’ club and ending up with no regular football, thus automatically forfeiting a place in the Euros 2016 squad for France. He has to deliver this coming season – not for Newcastle, not for the fans, but for himself – I have a feeling we will see a different Moussa Sissoko this coming season.

Papiss Cisse

I struggle to see how we are going to get a better goalscorer, or indeed two of them, this summer. My hope is that as well as keeping Cisse we bring in another striker who can team up with the Senegal hitman and provide a potent strike force.

Rolando Aarons

Despite never having started a Premier League match as yet, it is clear that the winger has something about him. He can take people on, cross the ball and score goals – which I think gives him three more qualities than the rest of our wingers! Like de Jong, we have to take it on trust that he has sorted himself out injury-wise and will hit the ground running.

By naming these five, it doesn’t mean I disregard the rest of the squad, well not all of them anyway.

Ayoze Perez has a great future but for his and the team’s benefit I think we need a player ahead of him so he isn’t automatic first choice this coming season.

Elsewhere, Colback is steady, Krul could potentially bounce back and you always hope Cheick Tiote might do the same. As for the rest, Adam Armstrong needs to get out on loan to play regularly and I suppose there is a case for Remy Cabella magically being able to compete in the Premier League if last season can prove just a very steep learning curve.

No comment on pretty much all of the rest.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, it might be very dim but I can just about see the faintest sign of it.

A couple of credible signings can transform the current mood, so here’s hoping.

  • Hughie

    Would have wor Jack and Dummy and a fit Steven Taylor in my 5 any day. Sissoko –sell; Aarons unproven; Cisse -sell.

  • Paul Patterson

    I keep saying, we have a decent spine of a side.

    Krul, Janmaat, Colback, Sissoko, De Jong, Cisse.

    We also have a few good players to  fit in and rotate the side around in and around them- Perez, Haidara, Abeid, Lascelles, Anita and Darlow.

    Sadly- with that in mind, we need four or five signings that can jump straight in at the deep end . .

  • Shaker_Shakrah

    Paul Patterson You call Cisse , Colback & Sissoko good ? 
    nuahahahaa don’t make me laugh more . . . .

  • Jarra MIck

    Sam 3 of that lot will spend most of the season injured mark my words, we can’t rely on lung ache or Cisse, if he stays and Aarons is looking to be very much in the mould of Dyer, one good game then injured for 6.

  • GToon

    Sam, nice article but all you have done is list out the ones Ashley will probably sell!!! He’s already started the process with Cisse and Tiote.

  • Andgeo

    We need two top centre halfs and a left back for starters. Then a playmaker and a striker to get to a respectable level.
    Inevitably compromises will be made by the fat tyrant resulting in wasted money and mediocre players pulling on a toon shirt.

  • Willvenus1

    Bournemouth, yes Bournemouth, have just signed on of our “targets”, Tyrone Mings. Get you’re fingers out, muppets!!!

  • stepaylor

    A definite article looking on the optimistic potential.

  • alreet

    These were all mismanaged last season but kept us up with goals and assists. With the right coaching they would be top drawer.

  • Jarmin Geordie

    At the moment we have Krul, Janmaat, Colback, Sissoko, Tiote, De Jong and Cisse (‘tho 2or 3 of them may be sold) as prem starters, then we have Dummet, Haidara, S.Taylor, Good, Colocinni, Anita, Abeid, Cabella, Aarons, Perez, and Riviere as decent back up squad (Darlow and Lascelles should probably be in that list too but unknown quantities) players (can see 2 or 3 of these leaving), so minimum requirement is 2 central defenders, a left fullback, 2 wide players (preferably creative/attacking) and 1 or 2 proven goal scorers, plus cover at right back, not rocket science for me but our hierarchy apparently can’t see it. 

                                                            Krul (Darlow)

    Janmaat,    signing (Taylor or Lascelles), signing (Good or Dummet) signing (Haidara or Dummet)
                                   Sissoko                                   Colback
                                                   (Tiote, Anita,Abeid)

         signing (Cabella)                                                                       signing (Aarons)
                                                            de Jong (Perez)

                                               signing (Cisse, Riviere or signing)

    so with a minimum of 6 good premier proven /capable players I think we could actually have a squad capable of top 10 and giving the cups a go but please note that while the club seems to be concentrating on forwards my priorities for signings are in defence

  • Mal44

    Interesting that you think 2 players who barely started a game between them are in your ‘top 5’ whilst, for some reason, Perez isn’t. I hope you’re right about Aarrons but I think we need to see a lot more of him before going overboard. I seem to remember a certain Sammi Ameobi making a similar impact.
    I think if our new coaching set up is any good we might see a major improvement in some players who many fans have written off. Hope so anyway and, like everyone else, I’m hoping for substantial strengthening of the squad.

  • AndrewCowley1

    Aaron’s coming off the bench and putting one in the top corner was my season highlight.he was like a breath of fresh air,until his injuries.we badly need a centre back.other then signings I also want some faith in youth this year.last year no one got a go even when we were getting tonked 9 in a row.

  • prestondave

    You are right Sam, we haven’t signed any rubbish yet. But that’s because even the rubbish players are giving us a wide berth such is the poison running through NUFC