The weekend brought press reports from inside ‘sources’ at the club, that there are allegedly going to be six Newcastle United signings this summer.
Whether Mike Ashley’s idea of six signings will be the same as most of ours, remains to be seen.
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So what is needed to give Newcastle United a team that can bounce back.
Not talking about signings that will miraculously turn NUFC into contenders, but at least a top ten club and one that would realistically finish the season in the top 7/8.
Or in other words, not simply try and avoid relegation once again.
These are the players I think we can rely on (up to a point), with the priorities listed below:
As you can see, I have selected five players to begin the rebuilding job, with six players desperately needed to go straight into the first team.
In order of priority we need to sign a minimum of:
Quality midfielder who can score and create goals (as well as what you’d usually expect as a minimum)
Another quality midfielder who can score and create goals (as well as what you’d usually expect as a minimum)
This isn’t to say that the rest of the squad are a write-off but that the above instant first team players are an essential to add to what we have got, plus to give United at least a half decent first 18 and some insurance against injuries.
Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons may well go injury free AND show they are good enough to be big players at this level, but at this moment you can’t say that with total confidence.
In the case of Ayoze Perez I think that he needs to be number three out of our strikers and not be used week in week out, hopefully this will help his progress for the longer term rather than unrealistic expectations on his head. Bringing in more quality players will go a long way towards helping that as well.
Other players such as Dummett and Haidara, plus one of the long-term trio of centre-backs could be ok squad players.
As for which signings should be targeted, obviously they need to be better than what we have already got, which shouldn’t be that difficult.
However, naming names is impossible unless you can be sure of what level Mike Ashley will allow Newcastle to try and buy at.
The dream of course would be to see a seriously credible manager brought in, significant investment in Premer League ready players and injury problems to be diluted.
Having a squad that’s big enough in both quality and numbers will go a long way to help that last problem, as having to play players when they weren’t fully fit producing subsequent injuries, has blighted our team for years under Mike Ashley.