Newcastle have a good opportunity to offload players in the January transfer window so that we can keep up the pressure to strengthen the squad – and bring is some more new players.
Weâ€™ve brought in 5 defenders and are now playing a whole new back four from last season, but we’re not sure if these can do the job after Saturdayâ€™s big disappointment. But we think they can – just disappointed it’s taking time for them to settle in as a unit.
David Rozehnal – must have good chance of being recalled for Portsmouth
Individually we think Beye, Rozehnal, Faye, Cacapa and Enrique are not only good players but are well suited to the Premier League because they are all physical players. Maybe it is just the communication thatâ€™s wrong and itâ€™s still true they havenâ€™t had time to settle in.
But we still wouldnâ€™t mind Big Sam bringing in Edmilson, the Brazilian and Barcelona center back in January. He will add even more skill and experience into the back line. And we shouldnâ€™t forget about Steven Taylor, but just exactly how Steven is to get games this season is a little problematic for us right now.
If we really are going to keep building there are at least 3 players we can offload.
Stephen Carr and Celestine Babayaro have their contracts up in the summer, and we donâ€™t think they will be renewed so we wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Sam tries to get some transfer fee off then in January. Then he can bring in a couple of the good full backs he has supposedly been following. Two of those have been Urby Emanuelson from Ajax and Real Madridâ€™s 20 year-old left back Krzysztof Krol. That would be a good switch of two out and two in.
Then we need another big striker to work with Mark Viduka and share the load with him. Mark is injured a lot and has been missed since he’s been out these last couple of games. So why wouldnâ€™t we try to bring in Nicholas Anelka â€“ perhaps doing a part exchange with Bolton with Ameobi, since new manager Megson us reported to be interested in Shola.
The other big man who would fit in well at Newcastle would be Peter Crouch from Liverpool, who will not get too many games at Liverpool this season, but we think Peter is a vastly under-rated player. January would be a good time to further enhance the squad with these moves at least.
We also probably need another winger so we have four fighting it out for the two positions. We already have Milner, N’Zogbia and Duff, when he’s fit, so we need to look at another one to bring in. We like El Hadji Diouf from Bolton who had another good game yesterday against Aston Villa. We also like the Israeli Yossi Benayoun at Liverpool, who again will not get many games for them this season. That’s 4 players in and 3 out, and of course we expect a couple more youngsters to be brought in too.
What do you think â€“ let us know â€“ comments welcome.