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How Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro must spend their cash this summer

King Kev must discover what defenders are used for

Kevin keegan

After considering how the London clubs, newbie Prem sides,and Manchester and Mersey teams should invest their vast fortunes in the closed season, we now turn our attention to the north east…

Newcastle

Top priority:
Invest in the defence – You can pretty much guarantee this is at the top of Newcastle’s list every summer, but whoever they bring in seems to flop. In Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka they have a well-balanced strike trio, although they could use someone new to provide backup alongside Andy Carroll. The midfield may require one or two new faces should Emre, Barton or Milner leave.

Fitting the bill: Anton Ferdinand, Mikael Silvestre (if Barton leaves), Steve Finnan

Sunderland

Top priority:
A new transfer strategy – Sunderland’s last two Premier League seasons saw them relegated with record low points totals (now broken by Derby) and it took over £40 million of spending to finish in 15th this time round. Last season Sunderland spoke loudly about their big budget, which led to them paying over the odds for average players like Michael Chopra, Kieran Richardson and Andy Reid. A bit more tact this summer may see them continue to strength but without being taken to the cleaners, though rumours of a £5 million bid for James Beattie don’t offer much hope.

Fitting the bill: Michael Dawson, Stephen Hunt, Pedro Mendes, Carlton Cole

Middlesbrough

Top priority:
A replacement for Mark Schwarzer – Gareth Southgate’s side aren’t expected to spend as heavily as their neighbours, but they did surprise everyone by bringing in Afonso Alves in January, so they may catch others off guard again. Southgate has admitted he isn’t looking to change things too drastically due to his faith in the squad.

Fitting the bill: Carlo Cudicini, Scott Carson, Tomasz Kuszczak


4 responses so far
  • paul // June 25, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I’d say Boro’s top targets are midfielders. After Rochemback and Mendieta and possibly Boateng as well. Fitting the bill: James Harper, Jimmy Bullard, Steve Sidwell.

  • Kevin // June 25, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    How many Sunderland games did you watch last season?

    Would people be saying Chopra was a bad buy if we’d paid £4m for him? After scoring some vital late goals, I doubt it.

    Richardson was injured for a large part of the season, so do you think it’s wise to judge him over a season?

    Andy Reid is way better than average. Ask any Sunderland, Spurs and Forest fans.

    Keane made a few bad signings but he also made some corkers, K Jones, P Bardsley and Gordon included. Gordon’s tag of £7m plus add ons is good business when you consider he could realistically play for another FIFTEEN seasons.

  • CLINT FLICK // June 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    The Toon need a midfield more than defense mate, then the D won’t have to soak up so much pressure…You don’t watch us much, do ya’…Just repeat what the plebie pundits say…Yawn!..

  • Jezza // June 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Southgate has already confirmed that he will not be buying a goalkeeper other than as third choice because he has faith in Turnbull and Jones.

    I suspect that Tuncay will be playing in midfield next season so I expect only two midfield purchases . The rumour is he is loking for another striker which would confirm that GS intends moving Tuncay into the Juninho role. I expect Johnson to be playing on the right wing.

    The problem is that more midfielders may be on the move: Boateng and O’Neill (possibly a swop for Bullard) who wants to move back down south as his family are finding it hard to settle in the NE.

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