Joe Kinnear has told The Sunday Sun that Newcastle are targeting top players who can move straight into the first team during the January transfer window, and will be better than players we already have at the club.
Joe Kinnear with club captain Michael Owen
The emphasis from Newcastle, started by then Chairman Chris Mort, was to bring on board young talent who would gain in value, and imitated the Arsenal approach that has been so successful for over 10 years.
The news this morning is that Joe has asked Director of Football Dennis Wise and the rest of the club’s player recruitment team to target only seasoned performers this January, who can go straight into the first team.
That makes a lot of sense for the first team, but it still doesn’t stop us from bringing in some young players for the Youth and Reserve teams if they are available. One such player we profiled this morning was 16 year-old midfielder Jonjo Shelvey of Charlton Athletic, and if we can get him, let’s bring him on board – for the future.
That’s what we need to keep doing, while of course bringing in ready made first teamers also.
Joe Kinnear told the Sunday Sun today:
“The players we are looking at now have got to be proven — we don’t want to chance our arm with ‘maybes’.”
“They are all playing in their sides in Holland. I believe that whoever I have identified will be better than what we have got.”
Newcastle seem to be targeting Holland’s Eredivisie, where they have been linked before with Dutch left-backs Urby Emanuelson (Ajax) and Tim De Cler (Feyenoord).
Dirk Marcellis of PSV
It also seems that Dennis Wise and his scouting team are big admirers of PSV Eindhoven’s Dirk Marcellis, who can play right across the back four. A player with that defensive flexibility would be a great addition to the squad, as long as he’s good enough.
The 20 year old six footer has already played for PSV 43 times and is already a Dutch International.
We’d like to see the squad strengthened in both quality and quantity in January, and it’s a good time for owner Mike Ashley to support Joe with some transfer funds.
Joe has already said he wants to unload some players he doesn’t think are good enough for the club, and we think one of them has to be Cameroon’s Geremi and perhaps 22 year-old new arrival Xisco, both of whom never seem to be part of Kinnear’s plans.