With our league rivals like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all strengthening their squads this summer, I think it should be time that we kept up with the pack and added some new faces to our squad.
Our only significant signing has been Vurnon Anita from Ajax and some might say Romain Amalfitano but I see him as more of a squad player who won’t really break into the first team this season.
We have also brought in some good young prospects in the shape of Curtis Good and Gael Bigirimana who are no doubt great prospects for the future, especially Bigirimana who has already put in some eye catching performances in pre-season, but they are hardly for the now either are they?
Other than Anita I cannot see any of our signings putting enough pressure on the first team which will create a little friendly competition which is key to having a successful squad. Also the loss of key squad players like Danny Guthrie and Leon Best have created holes in the squad and areas on the pitch in which we have no backup if a first team player were to get injured or suspended.
This makes me think of the teams around us who have added key first team members to their squads, for example Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marin have been added by Chelsea. Unlike Newcastle everyone of these signings is capable of getting into the first team ahead of other players in the team like Lampard, Essien and Ramires. This creates the competition for squad places which will result in the performances from the players competing for positions improving.
This is why I feel Newcastle need to make new additions as players like Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse know that they have no competition in the squad therefore don’t have to put in consistently good performances to get in the first team every week and this is what could stop Newcastle from following up our terrific season last season and challenging with the best in the league.
We have all heard the rumoured signings we could be making. I’m still optimistic that Mathieu Debuchy will sign before transfer window shut on Septemeber 1st, strictly because he has made his ambitions clear to Lille that he wants to leave the club and come to Newcastle, it is only the President of Lille holding back the deal as he is demanding what we deem as too much money for the defender. I think as the deadline gets closer, the asking price for Debuchy will be lowered because what is the point in having a player at your club who doesn’t want to be there? Plus they’ve already signed a replacement for him so they can leave business until very late in the window to try and extract the best deal for themselves.
Another possible signing would be Andy Carroll who looks like he will be left in the dark at Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has made it clear Carroll doesn’t feature in his plans. Carroll made it known to West Ham when they approached him that he would only leave Liverpool to return to his boyhood club Newcastle.
Many fans may not want Carroll back but I would welcome the signing as it is very clear he has bags of ability and we simply need more strikers at the club. Alan Pardew has made a bid to bring Carroll back if you believe the press but it looks like Liverpool are holding out to get a big portion of the £35M of what they paid for Carroll back off Newcastle, but we all know Ashley will not be bullied into overpaying for anyone.
It is clear that we need to bring in a few more players before the deadline, question is who will those players be?