Joe Kinnear will strengthen the squad in January, whether he gets additional funds from Mike Ashley or not.
Sol Campbell – target for Kinnear?
The players he seems to be chasing in Holland, left-backs Urby Emanuelson (Ajax) and Tim De Cler (Feyenoord), and PSV Eindhoven’s Dirk Marcellis, would all improve our squad.
But we’d be surprised if there is much money thrown around by clubs in January, except possibly Manchester City who seem determined to pay outlandish fees for some world class trophy signings. Does anybody think Brazilian Robinho was worth £32M?
Sol Campbell, who is a player even Glenn Roeder was after, may be the additional central defender picked up in January, and Sol would be a good buy for more than a few reasons.
He has great experience and could help improve our youngsters like Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong, as well as 18 year-old up and coming Hungarian center-back Tamas Kadar, who is looking good in the Reserves.
He is also more than useful in central defense of course, and the reports suggest he is available for around £500K, with new manager Tony Adams tempted to sell.
We do expect Claudio Cacapa and even David Edgar to be shipped out, so bringing in Sol Campbell would be a good move and we’d have Campbell, Colloccini, Bassong and Taylor to fight it out for the two central defense positions.
We also need a left-back to challenge Jose Enrique, who sometimes seems all at sea when he’s playing. That’s all we really need for the defense because Steven Taylor can back up Beye at right back, so our defense would be quite good, and of course the lads are playing great at the moment, with Bassong looking terrific. What a buy!!
Whatever happens we think Joe has some good players targeted, and we’ll have to hope he can get them into the club, and those he wants to sell – that Dennis Wise can do the job there too.
It promises to be an interesting and exciting January for Newcastle fans – which is very good after all the hassle of the last few months.
Comments very welcome.