Hughton Mulls Over Center-Back Loan Signing

With Coloccini and Williamson both being injured and Steven Taylor still almost 4 weeks away from being fit, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is today mulling over whether to bring in a new center-back on loan for the rest of the season.

Chris Hughton mulls over emergency loan signing

It seemed in January that Newcastle were going to take no chances at all in ensuring that the lads get promoted this season.

If they can make the leap back to the Premier League in May, the club’s finances will improve dramatically, but another season down below will necessitate the wage bill having to be cut significantly before next season.

And that’s why it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle bring in a loan player before Saturday’s game at Bristol City.

We have to remember there’s just 6 weeks (from yesterday) left of the season, so it was an awful time for Williamson to fracture his hand, with games starting to come at two a week.

One thing Chris and the staff will be doing today is searching around to identify who may be available and Hughton has until March 25th to make emergency loan signings.

Chris talked about it today:

“It’s one I need to think about.” “Losing Mike is a big blow, because he’s going to be out for that period of time.”

“Steven Taylor’s still the same period of time away from being fit. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do over the next day or so.”

“I’ve got to think about what we’ve got, and whether we can cope with what we’ve got.”

“Probably more importantly I’ve got to assess Colo and how he’s going to be.”

We would say that if Chris has any doubts at all about the center-back position, then bring in an experienced player, and don’t take any chances at such a crucial point in the season.

Maybe Andy O’Brien, the former Newcastle center-back now at Bolton, who was signed by  Bobby Robson for the Magpies, could come in and get the job done for his former club.

11 comments so far

  • Welsh Magpie

    Mar 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    How about Ritchie De Laet from Man U, bit inexperienced but can play anywhere across the back four. Bare that in mind!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 15, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    We need experience if we are looking at youngsters we’ve go enough good ones in the reserves such as Kadar & Tozer. O’Brien woudl be a good short term loan signing

  • nden85

    Mar 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    phillipe albert

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Albert – can we turn the clock back and get him?

    Jonathan Woodgate’s out for the season (again!)

    Andy O’Brien? Been here, done it and is still doing it (or is he) with Bolton. If he’s not, why not?

  • Newutd

    Mar 15, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Why not play that 15 year old starlet? Remie Street. Would be something:)

    But to be serious, i can’t really come up with any decent players that would be available. Andy O’Brien is mentioned, but i dont know…

    Hate that the injury problems never ends.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Mar 15, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #6

    O’brien is a good shout, or another player in that general direction. bolton or stoke player as they are generally the best defenders at this level considerin the sort of football they are used to playing. However, i wouldnt have any qualms over not getting ne1 else in and giving collo and kadar the nod to start and having hall and tozer as back up.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #7

    PHIL BROWN got the boot

  • baro

    Mar 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Now on most other sites it says we are linked with Andy O’brien too. Phil Brown really deserved the boot. Lets hope to get Altidore from Villareal on loan too.

  • costello91

    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #9

    o brien has after playin the last two games for bolton so i cant see coyle lettin him go up to us.
    send the traitor matty kilgannon down to us as he is not playin with the mackems. i’d love to see silvestre from arsenal

  • lesh

    Mar 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Marty-Toon // Mar 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    PHIL BROWN got the boot

    We might yet see him busing outside SJP? That’d be justice!

  • DJG

    Mar 16, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t need anyone. I thought bringing in Hall at the time was overkill but will work out great now. Enrique is back so……


    When Collo is back soon whats the panic?


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