Defence concerns Allardyce

26 July 2007 08:00
Sam Allardyce has admitted that he needs to make at least one major signing to strengthen the defensive options in his Newcastle United squad. The former Bolton Wanderers boss has brought in only David Rozehnal so far this summer to bolster the Magpies backline and Allardyce is chasing more new faces before the season gets underway. He said: "I'm not, at the moment, comfortable with the strength in depth of the squad and that needs addressing, particularly in the defensive area, which I have said many, many times. "That's not saying that young Peter Ramage, Paul Huntington and David Edgar are not doing a good job. "Hopefully they will have grown with their experience last year and will play a major part this year. "But in saying all that, I want a top, experienced defender to come in and if not one, perhaps two or it might even be three. "We have to make sure we have got enough cover and enough experience to cover the particular weakness for Newcastle United over the last two seasons, that's conceding too many goals."

Source: ESA

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