Quiet summer marks a good summer for Newcastle United

For the first summer in quite some time Newcastle United is looking forward and rather than almost timidly awaiting a bid for a ‘bigger’ club for one of our star players; we are instead seeking new signings to push this magnificent club to the next level.

Quiet summer marks a good summer for Newcastle United

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August 6th, 2012

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To say Newcastle United fans have become accustomed to whirlwind seasons on and off the pitch at St.James’ Park, would be a slight understatement.

Since Mike Ashley has taken over, the club has reached extreme lows, and lately almost unbelievable heights. Demotion to the npower Championship in 2009 was a bitter pill to swallow, but finishing 5th in the Premier League last season made it all worthwhile.

For the first summer in quite some time Newcastle United is looking forward and rather than almost timidly awaiting a bid for a ‘bigger’ club for one of our star players; we are instead seeking new signings to push this magnificent club to the next level.

It’s easier said than done, but NUFC won’t be faulted for the lack of effort, that’s for sure.

Pre-season training saw Alan Pardew’s men travel to Portugal where they worked in searing heat to build up fitness ahead of the upcoming season. New signings such as Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana were put through their paces while some key men returning to fitness such as Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor finally reached the end of a long, hard road to recovery.

While the pursuit of Mathieu Debuchy has taken more twists than a Bowline knot, Alan Pardew and co. know deep down that even if they fail to land the Frenchman – the return of Steven Taylor is as good as any new signing. Taylor, an influential CB who came very close to leaving Tyneside before Pardew was appointed, has the makings of a leader at the back. Alongside Coloccini, their pairing is as good as another team in the Top half, and better than most.

Should Debuchy arrive – and sources at NUFC are adamant that he will – then he will be a key addition to an extremely determined set of players. As far down as the development squad, they all want one thing: success.

Ideally, we’ll get two more players in. A RB, and perhaps another centre-back – a striker would be a little luxury that we might be able to afford yet, at the expense of Liverpool, but it’s not imperative.

Demba Ba’s £7.5m release clause has now expired, and although there are reports that he has another one in his contract from now until September 1st – when the window closes – the fee is believed to be double of what was a much bandied about price,  since Harry Redknapp brought it up.

 

Written by Kevin Doocey.

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