Transfer thoughts for the summer tranfer window.

The Iceman on Toon's hitlist?

The Iceman on Toon's hitlist?
We hear Alan Pardew talk regularly about how we need to improve our squad in the summer. Stating the obvious, but still…

These last few weeks has really proved that with us being down to the bare bones. Our subs from the weekend game at Villa were, in the most part, untried at first team level, never mind at Premier League level. This is something that needs addressing in the summer of course, but to illustrate the point far better than words ever will let’s have a look at that subs bench.

Tim Krul, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Michael Richardson, Ryan Taylor, Ryan Donaldson, Shefki Kuqi.

I think that is what you would call a weak bench!

It can, and hopefully will, be changed in the summer though when no doubt we’ll be linked with thousands of different players for every position imaginable. The key is to strengthen the areas which really need it first (obviously) but where do you think we really need to strengthen?

Over the course of the season I have been relatively happy with our back four, but as the summer draws nearer I believe it’s inevitable that we’re going to lose Jose which means we definitely need to sign a left back.

There have been a few names banded about from Taye Taiwo to Cheikh M’Bengue. Personally I would take either of them, although it seems Taiwo has his heart set on a “big club” with teams such as AC Milan supposedly sniffing around.

With Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa hopefully starting next season injury free, that will effectively be like two new signings for us already. And with murmurings from Stephen Ireland which sound like he fancies staying with us for a longer period, whether that be another loan move or a permanent deal, we seem quite strong in the centre of midfield.

Unfortunately we’re not as strong on the wings.

With Wayne Routlegde looking like he is leaving in the summer and the continued contract wrangle with Joey Barton it may mean the loss of two wide midfielders come the summer.

Even if we keep Joey, which is still undecided at this moment in time, I think we should be looking for a right midfielder or even a left midfielder if Jonas wants to play on the right.

A winger is where I’m stumped to be honest. We’ve been linked with a few midfielders, one of them being Pablo Piatti and with Almeria bottom of La Liga sitting eight points from safety he may be a viable target, but I have not seen enough of him to pass judgement.

Now towards the strikers – the most exciting area of the pitch. This is where we lack a lot of talent and natural goal scoring instinct in my opinion. With sicknote Shola and a lightweight Lovenkrands we really lack a clinical finisher.

The only problem is in the market a clinical finisher costs £20 million pounds upwards if you buy on reputation, and that’s where Graham Carr hopefully comes into the equation.

I think that we need two strikers, and with continued reports of Newcastle being on the trail of Gervinho. I see him as our main target and somebody I’d be very happy with. Although I wouldn’t say he was clinical I see him as a very good player.

Another player we’ve been reported to be interested in is Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. He’s another player that I have not seen but the people on Sky Sports really seem to rate him. With him playing for AZ Alkmaar I’m pretty sure that they won’t expect the price of an English talent which is why Graham Carr is so important.

Those are my thoughts on the summer, and they are all players that we’ve been linked with in the last few weeks and months. No doubt there will be some surprises, but if we could get a couple of the players that have already been linked with us then I’d be pretty happy.

What do you think?

227 thoughts on “Transfer thoughts for the summer tranfer window.

  1. They charge you don’t they? Or at least I thought they did.

    That’s why I thought they sent so many texts like team news, every goal, half-time scores, full-time scores, reaction from the game 🙄


  2. I hope not 👿

    I’ve not seen any extras on my phone bill so assumed it was free?

    New thread up btw 😉


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