Saturday, June 28, 2008

The off-season: Newcastle United

Even if the Messiah has returned, Newcastle United still needs to turn things around player-wise. Too many big names being paid oodles of moolah and not doing much for it. The Magpies need both quality and heart in their team and who better than Kevin Keegan to do it.

GK: Shay Given, Steve Harper

Hopefully Given will stay for Newcastle's sake, otherwise finding another quality goalkeeper is difficult and especially attracting them to the desolate area of the north east.

RB: Habib Beye

With Stephen Carr gone hopefully Keegan will bring a young exciting right-back to the side. I was thinking they could bring Nicky Hunt from Bolton so he can resurrect his career.

LB: Jose Enrique

Enrique waxed and waned last season, so I'll think Keegan will give him another chance. Keegan will still bring in some back up since he can't keep playing Charles N'Zogbia out of position.

CB: Cacapa, Amdy Faye, Steven Taylor

The most vital area where Newcastle have to invest in. Only Taylor deserves to be considered in the line-up but he needs somebody to partner him. At least two centre-backs are required.

WG: James Milner, Damien Duff, Charles N'Zogbia

Hopefully Newcastle can keep their young wingers, with Aston Villa chasing Milner and N'Zogbia saying he wants to leave.

CM: Joey Barton, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Emre

With Emre definitely going and Barton in jail, they need to bring in more central midfielders.

FW: Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Shola Ameobi, Alan Smith

Probably the best area for Newcastle United but they're still going to get rid of Ameobi. Smith might go or be played in central midfield.


In: Right Back x 1, Left Back x 1, Centre Back x 2, Winger x 1, Central Midfielder x 1, Forward x 1
Out: Cacapa, Emre, Barton, Ameobi

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