As the final whistle blew at Goodison Park bringing the curtain down on what can only be described as a truly remarkable season for Newcastle United my thoughts turned to the somewhat daunting transfer window lurking around the corner.

For the first time in a long time the last thing on my mind was “who will we bring in to bolster the squad”.. or more like “fingers crossed we hold on to our stars!”

As we sit now chomping at the bit for the visit of AVB’s Spurs on Saturday I couldn’t be happier at the fact we have held on to our key players ..Colo, Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Krul and HBA (so far, anyway).

Granted we have waved goodbye to Lovenkrands, Guthrie and Best – but in Carr we trust. Amalfitano looks a real prospect for the future as does Bigirimana and it looks as though Pards is finally edging towards capturing the signature of the much sought after Vernon Anita from Ajax for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m. Yhe young midfielder appears to fit the mould and can also be used at the left-back position , somewhere we all know the club are looking to strengthen as Santon looks destined to fill his true role of right-back in the season ahead.

I’m sure I’m not the only one sick of hearing a small majority of fans complain at the lack of players arriving on Tyneside this summer, as the dust settles it looks as if we will mount our challenge once more for the dizzying heights of the top 6, lets get behind our boys for the season ahead, and just remember if it ain’t broke why fix it!!

By Greg Falcus

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  1. pistol

    sick of hearing idiots say we dont need players. last year we had alot of luck which we might not get this year.players need to come in to make sure we improve as other teams have done

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  2. Duncan

    It ha s been obvious that the defence needs strengthening and whilst I appreciate and understand Ashleys business strategy I sincerely hope that we dont lose out on a high league placing (which would cost money) for the sake of a little more to clinch Debuchy and other defenders

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  3. Badgertoon

    Not a case of of it aint broke don't fix it ! We need strength in depth to cope with the rigors of both the EPL and Europa competitions not to mention the need to be seriously challenging for a cup this season. All of these commitments mean we must add to the squad in key areas to maintain our reinvigorated top 6 English team status.

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  4. Duncan

    looking at the poll regarding whether we will finish in the top 4 I believe the no vote is winning due to the lack of transfer activity to strengthen the team mainly defence

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  5. Richy

    O you pessimistic crew – 20 goals from the little ginger geordie, Steve Taylor fit for the season – 3 cups and a league title – hold on, where did I put that bottle.

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  6. del

    we are far to weak upfront and in defence we are looking at possibly 50-60 games this season ,compared to about 43 last year,our squad was depleted on the run in last year.weve lost 4 squad players brought in 3.

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  7. vince

    facts are facts,we have at this minute a smaller squad with less fire power than we did last season,Stephen taylor back is a great help but lets face it the lad is injury prone and we all know williamson just cant cut it,In my eyes we need to see a top class centre half and the two strikers replaced who we have let go.Only then can we say were moving forward

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  8. Dan

    It's good that we are bringing in players to be developed – and a lot of the younger ones will likely run out in the Europa. With the likes of Bigi, Amalfitano, Sammy etc getting time in the league as well.

    But we definitely need a Centre Back that is good enough to challenge for the first team. Be it Douglas, Mbiwa or. I dream a dream, Sakho – but we need someone direly. As well as that a third choice striker. Maybe not a Remy or Carroll that will cost 10m+ – but someone good enough for the first team to provide cover. Especially if Senegal qualify for the ACoN again.

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  9. david watson

    People need to realise that strength in depth can only be gained from initial success. what player who would add strength would come in and sit on the bench for a team not challenging. In europa league they will get games with the league and fa cups. Manu could play solskjaer, butt, and the rest due to thne amount of games they had to play. Anyone that comes in will have to be young and patient for thgeir chance. experienced players will not wait for their chance at a europa league club. Pards has also stated to be patient. I'm still confident we will land Debuchy and Douglas with a striker to boot but it will come down to the wire. Same as ebay

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  10. Kev Irv

    Every club after every season needs to find improvements, we are not alone. Think the fella who wrote this was maybe pointing to the fact we are not (yet) in a dire position. We still have a lot of days left to tie up our deals, the club are quite rightly keeping quiet again and doing there business in a way that has worked very well.

    As David pointed out above, im also confident the Debuchy deal can be salvaged and looks to me as if Lille are simply playing cat and mouse but can not see how on earth they can keep him at the club and pay him when he is so desperate to leave. As for Douglas I think this just needs to ride out until end of August so he can gain his Dutch nationality.

    Would like to see a striker come in but we will have to see what happens. Looking forward to another very exciting season, hope the players we get in do a job as we currently have a very very rich wealth of talent throughout the team at present and with Abeid, Vuckic, Ferguson, Ameobi, Bigi, Amilfitano etc all looking good enough to prise themselves in the future looks good.

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