Unlike other premier league clubs, Newcastle United have had a somewhat subdued transfer window. Perhaps Magpie fans public enemy number one, Chairman Mike Ashley, was not prepared to provide the club which much in the way of transfer money or that manager Chris Hughton believes he already has the right team for the job.
Either way, it looks like Newcastle have opted for lesser known or ‘bargain’ transfers rather those big name players that make it on the back page! With that in mind how are Newcastle’s team going to fair in the premier league this year?
Much like their triumphant campaign in the Championship last season team work and team unity will be absolutely essential. Newcastle enter the new season off the back of winning 30 games out of 46 and losing only four last time out. This is a team brewing with confidence. Of course the opposition that the Toon will face will be much tougher this year but the club and players will be approaching each match this season with a winning mentality. Newcastle should look to play like Stoke and Reading did in their first seasons of the premier league: become a hard working team that scores goals and makes the opposition work for everything. The Magpies are riding a winning wave at the moment, lets hope they stay on it for some time to come!
The Newcastle team is slightly different now to when it was relegated two seasons ago. The team seems to now resemble a hybrid of premier league and championship players. Fortunately for the Magpies the players that I would dub “of premier league quality” performed exceptionally well last season. The likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Steve Harper looked a cut above the majority of players that opposed them every Saturday afternoon. If these players can continue their good runs of form it will certainly help to dismiss any belief that Newcastle are now a Championship side who will be undone by the sheer gulf in class that comes with promotion. To further undermine this belief Newcastle are entering this season with plenty of Premier League experience; this has been bolstered by the arrival of Sol Campbell who recently joined on a free transfer from Arsenal.
The most imperative measure that Newcastle must adopt if they intend to succeed this year is to not sell their top players. The loss of James Milner to Aston Villa was a crushing blow to Newcastle as he was often their stand out performer in the majority of matches he played in. Newcastle must hold on to their youngest and brightest players and not begin to type face themselves as a selling club. Promising youngsters such as Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor has already made solid impressions in the first team. Harris Vuckic is another budding player who has much promise. At just 17 Vuckic has already attracted interest from Manchester united and AC Milan and is set to feature in more first team games this season. Whilst it is hoped that Vuckic makes a positive impression on the first team it will inevitably put him in the shop window and thus leave the door open for possible offers that Newcastle may financially be unable to refuse.
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