Signing Robbie Keane Could Have Upset The Apple Cart

Last updated : 05 September 2010 By Footy Mad - Editor

Chris Hughton: “We did look at bringing in another striker on loan, but I was always mindful of the fact that, if we were going to do that, it had to be someone considerably better than what we have already got here.

“There wasn’t anyone available who was going to do that so we left it. There was no point signing someone just for the sake of it.

“We’ve got Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi who can play up there on their own, with Kevin Nolan playing slightly higher up the pitch. And we’ve got young Nile Ranger who is coming on in leaps and bounds, as well as Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best.

“I was content to have a quiet deadline day.

"I was still in my office all day because you are never entirely sure what is going to happen, but I am perfectly happy with what we’ve managed to do in the transfer window.

“I’m pleased with the players I’ve been able to sign and I feel I have got the targets I wanted in the areas that needed to be strengthened over the summer.

“The most important thing was we did the best we could in the circumstances. Everyone had to be realistic about the financial situation.

"There wasn’t a lot of money spent by anyone really in this window, but we’ve managed to bring in some good players and I’ve pretty much done everything I wanted to do.

“I’ve been really pleased with the support I’ve been given by the owner to do what needed to be done before the window shut, but I’m relieved it has shut. It is a bit of a distraction

“Now we can just get on with the season and hopefully continue what has been a pretty good start for us.”