Newcastle appear to be adopting the arrivals policy of the bus service these days. You`re growing old waiting for something to come along, next thing you know there a rake of them and you don’t know which to jump on and give out about first.
The summer started with the prompt arrival of Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Mehdi Abeid. Since then I am convinced I have seen tumbleweed roll by the gates of St James` Park. But all of a sudden, with opening weekend on the horizon, the club seems to have been injected with performance enhancing drugs. Granted the only signing confirmed and in the door is Gabriel Obertan, but a number of names have been linked this week and there seems to be a real push to get signings over the line. My God I`m quoting Pardew! The lad better repay my faith!
First up would be the enigmatic ego that is Nicklas Bendtner. Some claim he couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo, and at times last season I could see why they would think that. Others claim the opposite and think he may be just the type of striker we need and is well capable of 15-20 goals a season. I personally would fall into the latter bandwagon. I think with a run of games in his proper position Bendnter has every chance of being a real hit on Tyneside.
Next up is Eric Pieters, a 22-year-old PSV left back and possible replacement for Enrique who seems all but gone to Merseyside. Admittedly I don`t know too much about Pieters. I know he is a big strong lad who is said to be better defensively than going forward. He has already notched up 10 caps with the Dutch international side and is said to have a release clause in his contract which could see him arrive for approximately the same money as Enrique will go for.
Another PSV player said to be on the radar is the Swedish lurch Ola Toivonen. Personally think this is no more than a rumour which sprung from our interest in Pieters but nonetheless I said I would give him a mention. He is said to have a really impressive work rate and goal record which is not far off one in every two games. Rumblings he has a bit of an attitude problem though which would turn me off the idea but strikers come with challenging personalities and egos at times. Confidence in ones ability is paramount for a front man.
Kerrison of Barca would be the next one of note. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have put much faith in the rumour considering it came from Caught Offside initially, but after a bit of digging I found that there has been more than a few reports in the Spanish media over the past month that Newcastle are interested. I havn’t been overly impressed with what I have seen of him to be honest but he`s a young lad and given a chance could prove to be a real coup either on loan with option to buy or take the risk for the £4m valuation which has been banded about.
Another name which has hit the headlines in the past 24 hours is 23 year old Bayer Levurkusen striker Eren Derdiyok. Carr was rumoured to be at the Switzerland friendly last night to specifically watch him, not Barnetta, who didn’t even play. He scored after 15 minutes and was said to be impressive.
Again I don`t know enough about this lad to give a detailed and accurate assessment of his potential but we have been linked in the past. It was in fact pointed out to me last night, was asked on twitter “Is this the same guy that Dennis Wise watched when Keegan was in charge?” To which I could only reply with, yes but difference being Carr is actually watching him in person whereas Wise probably watched him on youtube.
A couple of other names have been thrown in the mix which I would personally be surprised there`s any truth to whatsoever. Yossi Benayoun, Davide Santon and Rob Green among others not even worth mentioning. One from this morning that may be worth taking note of is one for the future in 16-year-old right winger Patrick Zlatanovski, and of course French trialist Mamadou Doucourè who scored in the 8 – 2 reserves trashing of Boro.
So conclusions? With the targets being mentioned and a clear indication that the club are looking, and more importantly, actually trying to bring in players by next week if not prior to Arsenal on Saturday, I would be quietly confident we will be in good shape by the close of the transfer window.
Exciting times for toon fans. If not because of potential signings then for one reason alone, football is back on Tyneside and with Arsenal looking like they may have to name the tea lady in the team with all their injury worries we have a great opportunity to cause a major upset and have the Mackems seriously worried about the Toon Army stuffing them.