Kevin Keegan's Recruitment Drive Speeds Up

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IAugust 13, 2008

It hasn't been a vintage summer for Newcastle in terms of transfers, but last week’s news of Tyneside hints at more activity for St. James' Park this week. Kevin Keegan is expecting three or so new signings before Sept. 1.

King Kev has so far brought in Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, and Sebastien Bassong, but Fabio Coloccini is expected to join this week after Deportivo La Coruna agreed to a fee with Newcastle for the Argentine starlet.

Steven Warnock remains high on the wanted list at SJP, although he has recently denied handing in a transfer request. However, the suspicion remains at both Newcastle and Ewood Park that if the North-East club were to bid in the region of £4 million for the English international, then a deal could be done.

Herita Ilunga is keen on a move to Tyneside after telling Toulouse that he's ready to leave for pastures a new. Yet the Congo DR international remains only a second choice option—bought only if Warnock decides to remain under Paul Ince.

Sebastian Larsson could well be on his way up North, but there are conflicting stories coming out of St Andrew's. The Swede and his agent are ready to quit the Championship club, but their hierarchy remain keen on keeping their prize asset.

Focusing on what we have for the moment though, it seems Keegan has bought quality—even if it is only four new  arrivals. Bassong is one for the future so I'll leave him out of my analysis.

Jonas Gutierrez has the potential to become one of the Premiership's top widemen. His crosses at Real Mallorca were the main reason that Daniel Guiza claimed the Golden Boot—and with Oba Martins, Mark Viduka, and Michael Owen to aim at on Tyneside, goals could be plentiful next year.

In two sparkling home displays against PSV and Valencia, it already looks like we have ourselves a winner.

Danny Guthrie is a 21-year-old bag of energy, and has a lot of potential to become a box-to-box midfielder and fan favourite. He can run all day, has a good pass, and a powerful shot.

Signed for £2.5 million, he scored on his debut with a cracker before following up with a goal against PSV. Could be a bargain.

Fabio Coloccini is almost guaranteed to be a Newcastle player in the next few days, so he could line up against Manchester United on Sunday. The Argentine defender is a calming influence, one that Newcastle desperately need to bring Steven Taylor along.

He's a cool player who netted four goals last year. Keegan has spent £10 million on this lad so he must be good!

Hopefully more new faces will arrive in the next few weeks to join Keegan's quality additions. Just a few more and we're set for a good season.