Teams: Newcastle United, England.
My Plan for Newcastle United
As there is no joy in being a Newcastle United fan anymore I have been contemplating over the past days what i would do if i were in charge at Newcastle and had free reign on signings.
Marveux and the rest of the loaned out tripe (not vuckic though)
With the exception of Ryan Taylor I think all of the above are a complete disgrace to the club and should be ashamed of them self. They are not fit to play for us any longer.
Van Dijk- Celtic
Two new goal keepers. Newcastle have lost 12 points due to goal keeping errors this season. I think Schmeichel and Marshall would provide very good competition between the sticks and are both very solid keepers who i think you could acquire for a good price.
We have been operating with the same center halfs as we had in the championship! This is a disgrace and investment is badly needed. That is why I would bring in the experience of James Collins who i think is very solid and would be ill-expensive. Caulker I feel would be a good investment in the future of the club, is a good defender and i think would be a future captain for years to come. Van Dijk I am sure could step up from the SPL to the PL and like Collins and Caulker is very good on set piece defending and generally a solid defender. Andrew Robertson would provide cover at full back for Jaanmat. I think Robertson is has a lot of potential and likes to get forward and when he does get forward is productive! All the defenders I have proposed to buy would be available at good prices (especially if QPR go down) and would provide steal, strength and fight into the side.
For the midfield i would elect to sign Will Hughes who i think is an exceptional young player who would at the very least provide strength in depth to our midfield and at best would be the first name on the team sheet for every game. I also like Matt Phillips at QPR I think as he approaches his 30's he will get better and better. He is a man who can create a lot of chances for his team mates ad is very composed in the final third of the field. My first marquee Signing would be this man- Jefferson Montero. He is a fantastic winger who reminds me of Laurent Robert only less greedy this is just the sort of man Newcastle United need if he could be prised away from Swansea for the right price.
As a replacement for what Tiote used to be all those years ago I would sign Mousa Dembele from Spurs, a guarantee of PL football and a potential captaincy might lure him to SJP. I think he is still a fine midfielder and would i am sure be a fan favorite immediately.
Obviously the majority of the strikers would be booted out and we would be left with Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong. Perez and Armstrong both need to mature physically and I think neither should be playing more than 15-20 matches a season. Poor Perez is clearly burnt out! That is why I would bring in substantial cover to see us compete in the league and both cups with quality strikers! Jamie Vardy would add blistering pace to our attack and could cover on the wing, yes, not prolific in front of goal but similar to what Bellamy offered us once upon a time. Given he is now 28 I think he could be picked up very reasonably. Danny Ings is the natural goal scorer we need to poach goals and be a general threat to the opposition. I like Ings very much and I think he would be right at home playing at Newcastle with the squad I propose. Alexandre Lacazette- I would move heaven and earth to get this man on Tyneside. Currently on 27 goals for Lyon this guy scores all sorts of goals and if he could settle into the premier league would not only be a marquee player for us but for the league. Steven Naismith I think is still a very effective player and plays very well against certain clubs. He would be my main man to come off the bench in the last 30 minutes of a match if we were chasing a game and you could confidently play this guy in the cup competitions knowing he is capable of scoring.
Therefore my squad would be
Cabella (last chance)
My Starting lineup would look something like
There is lots of strength in depth in the squad, you could have two very strong teams out of the one squad and this is what you need for a strong side. None of my signings would break the bank and I think we would generate 54m for players departing and with the 36m we already have in the bank which equates to 90m. My signings would cost around the 85m mark- money well spent i think! We probably have one striker to many as well!
Do you know that 5 in 4 people have trouble with fractions.