Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Jiggy's transfer summary

Jiggy's transfer summary

I have taken some time out to digest all that has happened during this summer window, I have to say despite some positives in the business that has been done I still cant help but feel let down at the same time, bored at work I decided I would take a gander over the squad at current and also have a look at who has come in and who has gone out:

Goalkeepers:

n: Rob Elliot

ut: Fraser Forester (loan)

One area where we look pretty solid, Krul looks to have gone up another level and is deservedly the number 1. Forester has moved on loan to Celtic for another spell and probably wont be back, the plans for Harper and Elliot is anyone's guess and young Soderberg also makes up the numbers, the goalkeeping position is the least of our concerns and looks to be in good shape.

Defence:

n: Davide Santon

ut: Jose Enrique

Losing Jose was a big blow, however I think that getting in Santon was an excellent piece of business and by all reports can turn out to be a very good player for us, if Stanton can slip in at Left Back then Ryan Taylor (who's early season form has been encouraging) can move over to the right where he and Simpson can battle it out for the right back spot, to help with squad depth we desperately need young Ferguson fit again to give us cover at Left Back,

t was pleasing to have been able to retain Colo as he along with Saylor in this early part have been rocks in the centre of Defence, if Colo were to leave we would have been well and truly up the shit creek without a paddle. As far as depth goes we are woefully short, Williamson still injured leaves us with Colo and Saylor as our only recognised Central defenders,

f reports are to be believed there was a late bid for Liam Ridgewell, it would have been a handy pick up if that deal had gone through but surprise surprise the club failed to engineer a deal.

Midfield:

n: Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan and Mehdi Abeid

ut: Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Wayne Routledge



olan and Barton leave huge holes in not only talent but also leadership, Cabaye looks to be a very good buy and looks the part early in his Newcastle career, Obertan showed glimpses on debut against Arsenal but was largely ineffective against the Mackems, Marveaux and Abeid remain unseen. Tiote's slow start to the season may well have saved us from bids coming in during this window, he will need to play another big part this season (hopefully we can hang onto him through Jan). Losing Ben Arfa to injury during the pre season is a blow, we need to get him back into the side, has been pleasing to see Gosling in the side, hopefully he can build on that and stay injury free. Big question is whether we have the balance in the midfield to have both a defensive minded approach as well as some creative spark, Tiote will be hugely important for the defensive hard stuff, Cabaye and Ben Arfa (when fit) can hopefully provide the creativity along with Jonas and Obertan providing some dash and speed. Midfield is by far our strongest area.

Up front:

n: Demba Ba

ut: Kuqi

Our weakest link, up front we are to big and slow and lack any real quality that can consistently threaten Premiership opposition. The clubs inability to address this in the summer window is nothing short of disgraceful, several names have been thrown around throughout the summer but by 11:00pm last night none had joined, currently Shola, Ba, Best and Lovenkrands make up our first team attack,

n the first few games of the season it has been blatantly obvious that Shola and Ba cannot play up front together (despite the Shola's stupid claims that they would be able to), together they are both slow, look lazy and completely un-threatening, Shola or Ba could do a job as a big target to get the ball down but we really need a smaller quicker player to play at his feet, despite all the names thown around that we were 'chasing' perhaps maybe a Robbie Keane? Or even Craig Bellamy (despite his pitfalls) who ended up moving to Liverpool could have done the trick. A bit of pace with a sense for goal could have worked wonders playing under Shola or Ba.

eon Best has his critics but as it stands he is our only real decent avenue to goal, he has a decent scoring record in the Premiership (8 goals from 13 appearances), whether Best has the quality to continue scoring on a consistent basis though is highly debatable and no matter which way you try and put things the obviousness of the need for a decent striker couldnt have been any clearer, the club have had 7 months to address the sale of Andy Carroll and we are now stuck untill January where we will have to endure another month of probable false hope.

All in all I cant help but feel angry and deflated after this window, the fact that once again the money hasn't been made available to bring in what we need, the fact that our manager has proven once again that he has no spine or place in the decision making process at the club and the fact that we have sold so much experience and replaced them with so much inexperience is a massive gamble, the quality could well be there with Cabaye, Marveaux, Abeid and Santon but if these boys dont adapt quickly to life in the Premiership or injuries kick in to key players (particularly down back) we could be in serious trouble, it will be interesting to see if we begin to see a bit of some of the younger players in the squad, namely Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vukic and Dan Gosling, Sammy has shown some glimpses early on this season and as far as Vukic is concerned it is now or never for the lad, Gosling came on against Sunderland and looked decent hopefully we get to see more of him as he gets over his injury troubles

If it all falls over there is no question where the blame will and rightly should lie.....

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Rexn
Date:Thursday September 1 2011
Time: 9:19AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Comments

0
I think you guys have been very good in the market. Par getting rid of Barton and Nolan which I still can't understand now the players you've got in look pretty good and from what i've seen and heard so far they've done really well. I'm shocked to see you got Santon to be honest, I always thought he was dubbed a wonderkid in the fullback position and, no offence, was a cut above Newcastle.
TheFamousNo7
01/09/2011 09:24:00
0
I think you guys have been very good in the market. Par getting rid of Barton and Nolan which I still can't understand now the players you've got in look pretty good and from what i've seen and heard so far they've done really well. I'm shocked to see you got Santon to be honest, I always thought he was dubbed a wonderkid in the fullback position and, no offence, was a cut above Newcastle.
TheFamousNo7
01/09/2011 09:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Will NUFC Be Concentrating On Freebies In The Summer?

The premier league retained list may or not be of interest to us.

Match Day Officials v Crystal Palace (30/4/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Newcastle - PL 2016/17 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have today confirmed the date where Newcastle United will find out their fixture list for the 2016/17 season.

Rafa Benitez Speaks About Hillsborough Inquest

Rafael Benitez spoke on today's verdict.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

Ken Waugh
no email
Profile
TNMW
Editor email
Profile
Ian Smith
no email
Profile
Rexn
no email
Profile
BowburnMag
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Newcastle v Crystal Palace
Suggested By:
Newcastle win75%
Crystal Palace win25%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot158
2.BLACKBOB135
3.billybobcat76
4.Mcnamee6754
5.keggy_keagal51
6.PieMag42
7.daftladguy26
8.Rytoon25
9.vin189224
10.The Owl23