Verdict so far…the rumours are promising but we (the fans) need to see some follow through.
For me, football season never ends. The few months of off season are almost as entertaining as the regular season. I love reading transfer news updates every day, and subsequently researching potential targets. I do this despite knowing that a large percentage of the rumours are not credible.
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Thus far, I’m pretty pleased with the reports about Newcastle, which indicate that the team is going into the transfer window with an aggressive mentality.
The appointment of Steve McLaren is something that I’m fairly ok with.
It’s definitely not a decision that inspires a lot of excitement. However, history has proven that the exciting choice, for both players and managers, doesn’t always succeed. Sometimes the boring choice can be the right one.
Only time will tell, but for McLaren this might be his last chance to prove himself as a top flight manager; a potential career turning point often inspires a little extra motivation to succeed.
I love the balanced focus the club is showing by exploring options in the premier league as well as foreign markets. I’m quite confident that everyone agrees the Magpies needed more proven premier league players this past season. I completely endorse the Charlie Austin bid, and I hope the club follows through and pursues him aggressively.
It would be good for the club and fanbase to acquire a guy who has succeeded in multiple English divisions, most importantly the premier league. He’s also a lad who has recently received a England national team call-up. To see an English number nine leading the line for Newcastle is very appealing and would be a positive move for the fans.
The same applies for West Brom’s Saido Berahino, another proven premier league goal scorer. Newcastle need class up top and I think it’s important that we are going for players in the premier league.
Foreign markets are more risky, but I like that the club is still exploring those option. The players often come at a cheaper price, but it is never guaranteed that their quality translates across leagues. But as we’ve seen, gems can often be found; recent players such as Perez, Janmaat and Sissoko have come from foreign leagues.
Based on the rumours, it seems like Newcastle is using a nice, balanced approach. The club also is attempting to bolster its youth squad, which is a crucial item the club needs to address. The interest in Callum Douglas, a 16 year old local lad who has been living/playing in Spain, is hopefully the first sign that the club is not only addressing the issues on the first team but also the problems found in the lower levels of the organization.
The news that Newcastle are heading my way and touring the United States this pre season is a great move in my eyes. As I said in my previous article a few months ago about Michael Bradley being a great fit for Newcastle, the American market is one that I think Newcastle could really find success in.
The pre season tour is a start, but I would urge the organization to explore signing a few American players or prospects.
For those who don’t know, the U.S. beat the Netherlands (4-3) a few days ago and just beat the reigning world champions, Germany (2-1), on Wednesday.
Both wins were on away soil and illustrate that the Americans are on the rise, and a player who manages to become a standout for the Magpies would really lock up a huge fan base in the U.S.
Jordan Morris is one example, a young striker who is still in college but looks to have a lot of promise. I hope the club pays attention to the American market, as it could be a huge opportunity looking forward.
All in all, I’m encouraged by the early off season agendas illustrated by the club. But now it’s time for the organization to follow through.