Major Defense Concerns For Chris Hughton

With Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson and James Perch all out injured at the moment, it seems like we are not the only ones getting a wee bit worried about the Newcastle defense situation.

Chris Hughton – a little worried about his back four

Chris Hughton has admitted in the Journal this morning, that his back four was rather worrisome as Newcastle were beaten 2-1 at Norwich City on Saturday.

Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini both got 45 minutes each, and of course promising 18 year-old right back, James Tavernier, played the whole 90 minutes at center-back and was very impressive – it’s always good to see a good youngster come in and show what he can do.

The game on Saturday showed Chris that the back four has to be his immediate priority in the transfer market – and news this morning that he could be bringing in Jlloyd Samuel from Bolton Wanderers soo

The 28 year-old will give Newcastle some experienced cover across the back four – assuming he finally arrives on Tyneside – hopefully this week.

Chris said today:

“Probably defense is the area where we’re a little bit light with injuries to Steven Taylor and James Perch,”

“When you think we had young James Tavernier, who is normally a right-back, playing at centre-back, young Shane Ferguson at left-back and Wayne Routledge playing in a very unfamiliar right-back position, defensively we are stretched.”

“I was disappointed that we didn’t keep the ball well enough – there were spells in the second half when we did, but we needed to do better.”

The defeat indicated that Newcastle’s squad is still not big enough and does not have enough quality – yet – and we hope that’s remedied come September.

But again, it’s a pre-season game, one in which Chris was also trying out some youngsters to give them their chance to shine, so we probably shouldn’t read too much into one game.

Hughton continued:

“You can’t read too much into it. You only have to look at other results,”

“I won’t name names but I’ve seen other Premier League sides who’ve already lost a couple of games and I’m sure they’ll be prepared right for the first league game.”

“At this stage Norwich are ahead of us with their games and that was the kind of competition we want at this stage of pre-season.”

Jlloyd Samuel isn’t a world class player by any means, but at 28, Jlloyd still has some 4-5 good years left in him, and the big advantage to the Newcastle squad is that he has enormous experience in the Premier League – and we’d like to see him come to Newcastle sooner rather than later.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • euanpolo

    Jul 26, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1
  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed you can tell that you have been in the states to long your spelling has gone all American. Defence is spelt with a C not an S.

  • Simon-toon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Wouldn’t want Jloyd Samuel would rather see Sol Campbell and Patrick Van aanholt arrive

  • euanpolo

    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Franck Queudrue and Paul Scharner are both available on a free transfer.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I am all for hughton targeting players thats are:-
    *the right age
    *have the right attitude
    *and have something to prove

    I was more thinking along the lines of sidwell, gunter, curtis davies, etc

    Not players like perch, j lloyd samuel etc, I think perch is ok as a utility player, but if he is going to be our first choice right back, then we will seriously be struggling this season.

    If we had signed onouha, sidwell, s.campbell (1year) weiss (loan) and another striker on loan I would have been happy and it wouldnt cost alot, probably 10m tops

  • Simon-toon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6


    Why would we sign Steve Sidwell wen we’ve just signed Dan Gosling on a free who is younger and equally as good.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    dan gosling is very average, and we dont even know if he will get over his injury, i have had the same injury myself, and was never the same again, sidwell is at least proven at the highest level

  • eltoro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve no problem with J’loyd Samuel- probably half a mil and he’s adequate cover for Enrique.

    We should definitely pick up one of the available free centre backs.

    geordielad880 – I’d take Campbell and Davies would be fantastic. I trust Hughton on Perch and Gunter is only championship standard right back anyway. Sidwell isn’t as good as Barton and we are alright in that area.

    10mil just might not be available but I think Hughton can still get us some decent players even cheaper.

  • andyglostoon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry but the club seems to be doing just enough to get through without spending!What club in there right mind would keep the majority of its players that took the club down in the first place and then just add mediocre players too compete in the league!No ambition but just stay up,infuriating

  • G

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    In terms of the defensive crisis, just copied this from f365 (Hopefully this will knock some of the other rumours on the head too?):

    Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has admitted he is looking to strengthen his defence ahead of the new Premier League season.

    His comments come in the wake of centre-back Steven Taylor’s shoulder injury, which may mean he will miss out on the opening month of the season.

    Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson are Hughton’s only recognised senior central defenders, whilst left-back Jose Enrique is also the only option in his position.

    With summer signing James Perch also sustaining a knock, Hughton confessed that his options were thin on the ground, but he was working on bringing in adequate cover at the back.

    “If I look at what we’ve got at this moment, defence is probably the area where we’re a little bit light,” Hughton told the Northern Echo.

    “With Steven Taylor and James Perch missing, we had young James Tavernier, who is normally a right-back, playing at centre-back, young Shane Ferguson at left-back and Wayne Routledge playing in a very unfamiliar right-back position. Defensively, we are stretched.”

    Hughton has hopes of re-signing Chelsea full-back Patrick van Aanholt on loan for a season to cover Enrique following an impressive spell with the Magpies last season.

    He is also chasing Manchester United youngsters Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, but has dismissed speculation regarding a bid for French winger Hatem Ben Arfa from Marseille as he looks to bring in players on loan due to a lack of transfer funds.

    “A lot of clubs are still assessing what they’ve got,” Hughton added.

    “In terms of the bigger clubs, once they’ve made a decision on what they’ve got, then they will decide who they can let go on loan.

    “It’s a situation where we have to try to be on the pulse as much as we can and hopefully we’ll be there to make a decision when we need to

  • John

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    I read wer after David Ngog? If ranger is not a better player than him i give up our mid field was very poor sat we need mid field players fast too qoute the mirror” cant pass, cant shoot too slow, lump the ball long heading for the championship”, CH is making a big mistake keeping loyalties to our current midfield i try get wilshere, weiss, cleaverly, ireland, de guzman, r keane, mcfadden, sturridge, kakuta, come on CH get it sorted out.

  • howay man

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    van aanholt please

  • Obafan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    We need to strengthen the squad ASAP:
    – 2 defenders (CB and cover LB)
    – 2 midfielders (surely one who is creative and perhaps a winger)
    – 1 striker (who can score goals in the EPL)

    We should get rid of players like R. Taylor, who will add nothing to our squad. I cannot understand why they bought him 2 seasons ago.

  • eltoro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Our midfield isnt all that bad.

    Fair enough, Smith and Nolan together in 442, actually either of them individually in a 442 is pretty horrible – but Barton, Guthrie and Gosling are all good footballers.

    Birmingham did alright with Ferguson and Bowyer and I think we can do better than that.

  • eltoro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Obafan – I think you’re right but a winger is more of a priority than a creative player in midfield, in my opinion.
    I think Hughton will go with Nolan off the striker (not creative) but both Guthrie and Barton have the ability to create and we are a team that will do most down the wings.

    I’d keep Raylor for cover and the fact he can put a decent cross in from the right.

  • Thump

    Jul 26, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Certainly wouldn’t have a problem with getting Valdez in.

    As for the “lack of quality” we were playing 4-3-3 and handed some starts out to the young lads. It was an experiment and an interesting one at that. You’re reading too much into it, Ed.

  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Samuel wud b a good signing cover for jose, it wud also give us time develop one of young left bks to come in once samuels contract was up, we need to wingerz n a cb, de guzman wud b good but its his injurys also ben arfa wud b great

  • WesJameson

    Jul 26, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Nedhum Onhou(excuse spelling) is a proper footballer, and one we NEED

  • baro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #19


    Hey im right with you on wanting Nidium Onuoha.

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Bar Enrique and the keeper position our defence isn’t that great and will be our achilles heel once again this season in the premiership.

  • jim

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #21

    sky sports news reporting sol cambell having a medical at newcastle edwardo….


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