Would you be happy if we signed no more players this summer?

The only signing of the summer?
I know I wouldn’t, yet that is the stark picture that Graham Carr has painted over the last day or so.

We’ve heard a lot of soundbytes from Carr since he signed his new eight-year deal the other day. Some have been impressive but some, such as this one, have been underwhelming.

It’s great to hear that Carr, Pardew, Ashley, Llambias and Charnley get on so well. It’s good to hear that there are tentative signs of long term stability at the club these days, and it’s also great to hear that so much research is put into our transfer dealings these days. However with a European campaign on the horizon and a flurry of players leaving the club, the need for reinforcements this summer could not be greater.

However Carr has delivered a warning ahead of a summer of transfer speculation: “If we couldn’t get who we wanted this summer we wouldn’t sign anybody.”

“That’s because we want to get things right here. We would not just bring a body in to fill a hole. That has always been the policy. It has to be the right age, right criteria and right attitude.”



He added: “Mike has backed this all the way and done it with finance. Alan and his coaching staff have organised the side well.”

I guess it makes sense. The opposite of signing the right players is signing the wrong players surely, and who really wants that? I would take this more as a note of caution for clubs who are looking to extract that bit of extra money from a club that is now in Europe.

It’s clear that we’ll see a long approach when it comes to transfers, which may be frustrating in the short term but also rewarding in the long term. Remember the shock and awe of not replacing Andy Carroll for twelve months, or the disdain at not bolstering the defence after the injury to Steven Taylor? Ultimately they were risks that came off, but I wouldn’t want to take them again.

Hopefully after another summer of, cautious, strengthening, and another decent season if we can manage it, we’ll have a squad that is strong enough to fight on a few fronts and cope with any injuries that come our way. Despite last season there is still room for huge improvement within the squad and there are several holes that need filled.

It’ll be a steady road but hopefully we can get there.

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60 thoughts on “Would you be happy if we signed no more players this summer?

  1. Your a wise man Ice 🙂 agree we have signed too much shit in the past..

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  2. I’d rather we get the ones we want and don’t bring in players just for the sake of it. Warris says this ones a done deal so we can knock that off the list of possible incomings 😆

    Colin [email protected]
    Naive if you think a deal cannot be agreed whilst a player is on holiday. Deal for Vurnon Anita is done which I’m sure will soon be reported

    Colin [email protected]
    Vurnon Anita’s move to #nufc agreed, fee & personal terms agreed, subject to a medical will be a #nufc next season.

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  3. AMF i think tiote is sort of being pushed out in a tactful way if these m/f signings come off.
    i see richie is on his normal perving duty today i told him he would go blind but he says hes happy to risk one eye 😀

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  4. Ice 🙂 🙂 I think this Anita fella will replace guthrie… we have a few attack in mids but very little cover for Mr t.

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  5. 3HW – You’re runing my flow man. That was my next article up 😆

    Ice – It’s depends which one eye he is risking? 😉

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  6. AMF – He is my inspiration 😉

    Nah in all seriousness I just have a bit of time today. Seen all the family, the boy is settled, done all the stuff that needs doing and I’m not back at work until 2am tomorrow morning 🙂

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  7. Has it been confirmed that the agent making the statement is actually the players rep?

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  8. If a bid had been received, accepted and terms agreed the agent would be bound by a confidentiality clause.

    So I guess this is press bollox.

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  9. Since Guthrie left we are short of midfielders imo. Vukic and Abeide are still not there yet, and seem to be treading water somewhat…

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  10. Toonsy , myself I won’t be happy if no one comes in ,I know we have Amalfitano in and looks like this Anita guy too next. But it’s defenders we need ,unless Tiote goes or Cabs OR Benny or Ba . Thing is we got away without bolstering defence in January but we really shouldn’t push our luck again ,not with Europe in all that intels. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying we should pay any old amount just to recruit a body ,but a concise effort really must be made and I would hope work on defensive players arriving has been going on since we lost Saylor. To not bolster defence would look negligent not prudent imo. Also feel a non African ,proven striker is a must ,especially if Ba departs which looks highly likely.

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  11. GEOFF it depends on the agent,99.9%of them are underhanded blood sucking shithouses,there bringing some clubs to there knees 👿

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  12. Gosling, Marveaux, Perchino, Vuckic, Abied, Sammy, Tiote, Cabaye, Obi Wan, Ferguson, Jonas, Hatem.. stocks are low Munich 🙂

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  13. Ice ,I would like to round up every agent ,the owners of Citeh and Chelsea and put them in front of a fireing squad for crimes against football, they are killing our beautiful game. 👿 😡

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  14. Kim, I would like to round up lucque, boomsong and Owen for crimes against football as well (for newcastle) 🙂 🙂

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  15. AMF you missed oot marcaleno or however you spell it he was oot for 12mth with a very poorly finger 😀

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  16. True Ice 🙂 I heard Richie had a year off on workers comp with a chipped nail, so it can be serious 🙂 🙂

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  17. AMF kna mate you got the storey wrong it wasnt his nail it was his nail varnish and it was only 11mths hes a hard git 😀

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  18. I’d be a tad pissed off if we didn’t sign anymore, but Carr didn’t paint a stark picture at all imo, he said if we can’t get the players we want…so the alternative to that is sign players we don’t want, can’t see many clubs following that business plan like 😉

    Aussie…to be fair, I had a chipped nail on each hand which can be fatal if left untreated 😯

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  19. if the club wants to go forward, a bigger squad is a must!!
    of course the players have to be the right ones, but with agents involved, its not going to be an easy task, so i think, the club has to move their own goalposts too, if we are to push on.
    i never take any notice of all these links and rumours about this and that player coming in, i only believe we’ve signed someone, once i’ve seen them in the toon kit 😀
    on another note, i.ve just got a kitten and wor lass wont let me call it demba, or cisse 👿 👿 i’ve had to settle for it being called “Leo”, so i hope the toon buy a player called Leo this summer to piss her off 😉 😉 😉

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  20. your right there aussie, i think she had enough of our last two cats over the last 22yrs, should of seen her face when in the back garden shouting “KEVIN, KEEGAN” it was class 😉 😉 😉 😉

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  21. Ice there is a fine line between loitering and lurking mate… Rich probably falls into the latter catagory 🙂
    TS9.. 🙂

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  22. TS9, I’m well jealous , I love cats. Had a hamster called Shearer once ,he got stuck between his wheel and the side of the cage and died 😥 , my daughter found him and is still traumatised to this day. Not as much as I was when she came running up stairs shouting “mum shearers dead ! ” 😉

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  23. i used to have a bitch dog called fanny,wor lass was never happy when i used to shout at her when she was out walking,never understood why 😡

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  24. Ice ,everyone at your local park probably assumed you had tourettes mate ,I wouldn’t worry. 😉

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  25. looking forward to some footy today bbc too cannot stand those bloody ads on itv sorry AMF you will be at the blanket show 🙁

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  26. Yeah Ice, sometimes the choice between sleep and football is a hard one.. I have a lot of very late nights/ early mornings durring the season

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  27. Newcastle United has to aim to be PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS.
    We will make lots of jealous if we can be champions.
    We will then conquer EUROPE, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. @toonsy

    Good topic.

    It all depends if we lose anyone. If we don’t then we’ve shown we have a team good enough to finish 5th, albeit we will have extra Euro games, I still foresee a top 7 finish.

    Of course it’s always disappointing if we don’t sign new players but I believe the recruitment team deserve time.

    If we didn’t buy anyone and we suffered cos we didn’t spend that extra million or two just to secure the right player then they would deserve criticism.

    They have my patience for the time being.

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  29. I have been searching through the dutch media and can’t find a thing about Anita being close to a move to us . Not a single quote or statement .

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  30. Think we are in a fortunate position of filling the odd gap and fine tuning the team. Unlike a lot of teams that have the upheaval of new managers and rebuilding; Chelsea,Liverpool Villa WBA Swansea, Norwich,Hope we give it a right go this season 😀

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  31. Afternoon all,

    I can understand the logic behind what Mr Carr is saying as I think the signing of Sol Campbell was the sort of signing he means.
    The problem I have is that if we sell Simpson and Best, that is going to leave us far too short in both defence and strikers, and I think for targets in those areas we who have to perhaps pay that little bit extra to get them in.

    To be fair though, I don’t necassarily think that Carr was suggesting that was a really possibility this summer, think he was just stating a fact of our new transfer policy.

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  32. Its kind of what happened with the number 9 situation last summer. They didn’t get their man so got nobody. Then a couple months later we get cisse. I doubt we sign cisse if we had gotten some one in the summer. Cisse has been worth the wait so far.

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  33. kim – 😯 😯 😯
    ice – 😆 😆 😆

    i took wor lass to the doctors to sort out her tourettes, turns out she doesn’t have it……………… I AM A C**T, AND SHE DOES WANT ME TO FCUK OFF 😉 😉 😉

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  34. Would I be happy? No. Would I understand? Yes. We have a policy and I want us to stick to it, just like the strict wage structure 🙂

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