What does the future really hold for Newcastle United?

Out in the summer?
I think everyone would agree that Newcastle have been the dark horses of this campaign, whether you’re a fan of NUFC or not.

The team spirit, morale, unity and teamwork is fantastic, shown whenever the players are warming up before a match, or when a player is substituted and we see smiles, high fives and jokes going all around the dugout.

Fans from other clubs are actually starting to commend Newcastle on their performances, which they describe as some of the most entertaining to watch with our new formation and style of attacking play. But in complete contrast to only last season, rival fans also accept losing to us now, almost as though they see us as a team that deserves to be at the heights of the table, challenging for the Champions League.

For the fans, the effort and commitment from the players is the best thing to see. There seems to be a real appreciation for the part we have played in this incredible season, obviously contributing heavily to the clubs revenue, but at the same time creating a special atmosphere for the players on a weekly basis. So for the first time in my life as a Geordie and proud Newcastle fan I actually feel like the players and manager want to repay us, in the form of good performances and results. It must be quite demoralising to play at the DW stadium with a ground that is only half full!

So with a realistic view to the future, can Newcastle fans expect this kind of euphoric season to become normality, or is it just a one-off and we’ll be back to mid table madness next year? I’m going to examine a few different aspects of our club to answer this:

To begin with, the current squad and any expected incoming or outgoing transfers is obviously the most important area to look at. I’d say we need seven more players in the summer to compete in Europe, in the league and maybe in one of the two domestic cups, without any of our core team leaving. With Steve Harper and Fraser Forster looking set to leave, I’d say we need to buy one more keeper, Krul and Elliot just isn’t enough, look what happened to Liverpool in the space of two games!

Our defensive options include Davide Santon (RB/LB), Fabricio Coloccini (CB), Mike Williamson (CB), Steven Taylor (RB/CB) and Danny Simpson (RB) who I think will sign a new contract at the club, and then a younger, up and coming player in James Tavernier (RB). Versatile players include: James Perch, who can play as a defensive midfielder but also on either side of the full back position, and Ryan Taylor, who will put in a solid performance whether he’s at right back, left back or on either wing. Overall I think we would need two more centre backs and another quality left back just to be safe. Squad rotation is so important when a team is trying to compete at the top, and competition for places is a great motivator.

Moving into midfield, we obviously have Ryan Taylor and James Perch as mentioned earlier. Other midfielders include Yohan Cabaye (CM), Jonas Gutierrez(LW), Cheik Tiote (DM/CM), Danny Guthrie (CM), Hatem Ben Arfa (CM/AM), Gabriel Obertan (RW/AM) and Sylvain Marveaux (RW/LW). I think Guthrie will leave in the summer, but I’m really looking forward to see what Marveaux can do, he’ll be like a new signing.

Younger players include Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi. I personally think we should follow the example Arsenal have set in previous years, and just use the younger players in the domestic cups where they can gain much needed experience and hopefully take us on a nice run, but at the same time support the first team in the league and Europe if needs be. In conclusion I think we need one more midfielder to be safe; a young player who’s versatile enough to play in the middle or on the wing, and who can be mentored by Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote to take over from one of them in case one of them leaves.

And finally onto the forwards. We have a nice range of strikers in Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Demba Ba. I think the similar playing style of Shola Ameobi and Leon Best compliments that of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba quite well, and I do think Ba will sign a new contract. However, realistically we need two more strikers to compete, one to take the pressure off Cisse/Ba to score all the time and another to come in who can replace Ba or Cisse when they leave for any African Cup of Nations commitments.

All of this obviously depends on injuries too! I really think that this would provide us with enough squad depth to compete, and also create a competitive atmosphere for first team places and even on the subs bench. With Harper, Forster, Lovenkrands, Guthrie, Smith, Xisco and Ranger either out of contract or likely to leave we should be able to slash quite a bit off the wage bill so we can use the money more wisely! And although we will receive extra money for competing in Europe, whether it is the Champions League or Europe League, the sale of Andy Carroll for £35m really was a one off, and gave us so much opportunity to invest in many different areas of the squad.

The summer is going to be very important for Newcastle United, especially as our season looks to start earlier than we’ve been used to in the last few years. However, I have full confidence that the owners and manager can excel in the transfer market once again!

It’s not just a talented and deep squad that will lead to sustainable success from now on. So the next few articles will be contain opinion and analysis about the financial model and strategy of NUFC, the youth and scouting system, review of Alan Pardew’s management and a realistic view of what we can achieve in Europe.

Howay the lads!!!

About James

My name is James and I’m 18. I was born in Newcastle and lived there for 10 years but then had to move away and I now live in Peterborough. I’m a proud geordie and even prouder fan of Newcastle United! I’m off to university in September but hopefully I can carry on writing for the blog (even though I’ve only written one article!). Howay the lads!

106 thoughts on “What does the future really hold for Newcastle United?

  1. @Kim, no idea. But they won’t let him go cheap – he’s one of their crown jewels. Selling him would basically be confirming another survival fight next season (assuming they stay up!).

    And he plays in the UK. That usually adds a few million.


  2. Rossco 😆

    as long as Chelsea pick up several red cards whilst losing I’d be happy…although I didn’t really want Barca in the final though 👿


  3. @Richie, red cards won’t help us mate. They don’t count for the EPL.

    What we want is 1-0 to Barca in normal time, then for Chelsea to lose heavily in a penalty shootout. Also to lose heavily on the weekend.


  4. What we really want is Drogba to fake an injury so well he actually injurs himself. Could do with a few defenders picking up knocks too 😉


  5. Richie – When I looked at your wiki link I noted that Amalfitano is quite small for his age. Does he have to jump to head in low crosses?


  6. Just realised I’m working down Manchester this summer and GB play Senegal on the 26th July so I’ll go along and watch. I’d like to see GB win but I’ve adopted Senegal as my 2nd nation. Hopefully the Dembas wont be playing but if they are I hope they both score in a 3-2 GB win.


  7. Sidekick… 😆 didn’t notice that, the rest of the link that was removed was the bit Toonsy posted.


  8. Blip @80 They paid £4million for him after he’d been on loan to them for a year from Bolton. Signed a 4 year contract in 2011.Bloody bargin for 4M imo.


  9. Ok, maybe 7 is a bit too much! But we definitely need another keeper, two more defenders and another striker. Our team seems very prone to injuries this season, and with the AFCON aswell we’re definitely going to need a deep squad with more quality too! I hope Guthrie stays, but I don’t think he will.


  10. Toonsy – class 😆

    A quick Q. In todays market – who is the better at running football clubs – Mike Ashley or David Dein (or however you spell his surname!)


  11. Personally would like 3 defenders; 2 midfielders and 1 striker, plus replacements for Simpson, Guthrie & Best if they left. However, happy to reduce that if any of our youngsters are playing regularly.


  12. David Dein obviously. He ran a football club that had success and within a tight financial model and he was the drivin force behind Wenger and their new stadium.

    Ashley has relegated a club, upset every player and former player and has only now started to get to grips with it. Well, until this summer that is…


  13. Toonsy

    How are NUFC going to afford the wages of all these players?
    Maybe by selling the naming rights of SJP may raise 10m and do the job because if you get knocked out of the competition at an early stage the financial windfall won’t be that great.
    Also regarding the debate if NUFC fans would prefer to pay extra for their season ticket to retain the stadium name of SJP the cost of that would be 200 pounds each not 20 as you mentioned. I don’t like the thought of SJP been called anything else however if the big picture is european football most years then I think I can tolerate it. To be fair we get that much publicity on this that SJP is more famous now than before. Uncanny really.


  14. Carter – I said £20, based on 500,000 people being willing to chip in….

    And we’d pay for these players from within our own income by utilising the wages that will be shed this summer, with Alan Smith and his 60k a week being the biggest one.

    I’m confident that with our scouting network we can find much better players for the same wage outlay.


  15. Carter, looking at the players leaving exc Xisco then approx £100kpw will be saved. enough for 4 players. So we only looking to fund maybe 2 from European funds.

    As to incoming players
    M’Baiwa to understudy Colo
    Douglas to compete with Saylor
    Pieters to start LB
    with Debuchy if Simpson left
    Pino & Barnetta with Corgnet if Guthrie left
    with Bas Dost & Maiga if Best left

    That should do it. Wonder who will actually turn up.


  16. If we qualify for the CL then Virgin and Puma have got one hell of a deal. 😯
    The negotiations would never have took into account the CL advertising platform.


  17. Toony – sorry thought you meant 50k as I was referring to season ticket holders to fund it. For what it is worth I would pay the 20 pounds and maybe if local companies were aloud to advertise around the outside of the SJP that may help raise the 10m. I do think it is important that the club raise this 10m one way or another as remember we are a Business and we need to be at least on a level playing field with other clubs.

    Premandup – Not sure who will arrive however I think the days of another xisco arriving are hopefully over. Quite happy to sit back and to see what Mr Carr delivers us for next season as they are bound to be class acts. Come to think of it I wonder how much he will be worth on the transfer market.


  18. Troy…I suspect there will be add ons for achieving various things like Euro footy however unlikely they’ll have seemed at the time.


  19. Carter @98 -I was reading one of the Dippers blogs the other day and they were on about Carr. The general suggestion was Liverpool should offer him a better deal to join them as head scout as in their words “It would be a step up for him ” ! . 👿 Even now when they are the pits they think they are an attractive option, and obviously not content with nicking all our players either.
    God knows I hate those feckers soooo much aargh.


  20. Kimtoon – Bin Dippers no how important Mr Carr is and they are getting desperate. We need to sort his contract out before anyhing else. Knowing MA he will be on performance related pay along with everyone else at the club, hmm That’s why we are doing so well on all fronts…..


  21. [email protected] I’m surprised they all want to sign him up as I would of thought it was more like them to just covertly follow him around Europe and try to gazzump us in true Dippers fashion. 😉 😆


  22. @Carter – The ignorant dippers know nothing. In their world you just throw your cheque book at stuff and it solves the problem. Carr is a Geordie and he’s motivated by getting great players for the club he loves. 😉


  23. James-

    Jesus Christ son, you’re 18? I thought this article was written by someone at least 30! Gan on, lad! Seriously, crackin article and it’s good to see opinion well and truly changing about the current regime. Jabba will always be Jabba, but that doesn’t mean he can’t change his evil ways like haha. Obviously, he’s had a taste of success, and for a bargain fee no less! He’ll be wanting more and more I believe. I’m finding it hard to even hate on Owlheed lol.

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