After yesterday’s too sterile performance against Spurs at White Hart Lane, it’s clear that Newcastle will want to sign at least a couple of good players in January, if they are available.
Alan Pardew – here’s three players to take a look at
Here are three very decent players who we feel would strengthen the Newcastle squad.
Steven Pienaar – Everton
The Everton player is out of contract in the summer, and although Everton are still hoping he will stay at Goodison Park, it may be possible to pick him up for a reasonable fee in January, or for nothing in the summer.
The 28 year-old South African International may be a little old for Newcastle, maybe, but there’s no doubt he would be an excellent acquisition if we can sign the player, and he could make an immediate impact at the club.
The former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund player signed on loan at Everton in 2007 from the German side, before signing a permanent three year deal in the summer of 2008. The transfer fee was a low £2M.
But to be honest, we’d have a lot of competition for this player, he’s so good.
Niko Krankjar – Tottenham
The 26 year-old Croatian International is not getting enough games at Spurs and will likely move on either next month or in the summer from the London club.
The 61 times capped winger has fantastic technique and has that little thing called class which is missing in the Newcastle squad right now. That’s what separated the two sides yesterday – and it’s a pity we didn’t have Ben Arfa playing yesterday, as he could have turned the game for us yesterday.
Niko could add a bit of real class to the Newcastle side, and of course he is very good from set pieces too, and could put the high balls into the area for big Andy to head home, and we wouldn’t have to rely so much on Joey Barton.
Tottenham signed the player for anywhere from £1M to £2M last year (fee wasn’t disclosed), and that’s roughly the amount he could be available for – and even Newcastle could afford that – for such a talented player.
Newcastle could even look to sign the Croatian on a loan deal for the rest of the season, and see how he does, and if he’s as good as we think – sign him permanently in the summer.
Sebastian Larsson – Birmingham
Our readers will be sick of us keep bringing up this lad – we know – and we’ll probably take some stick again – but what’s new? 😀
The Birmingham City winger has a contract that runs out next summer, and there seems little likelihood that the Swedish International will stay at Birmingham.
Again, he could be picked up for a small fee in January, or else for nothing next summer, and Seb was once a target for Newcastle two or three years ago.
He is a very good technical player who can cross the ball very well, and at least we think he would be a good addition to the squad.
It does seem that we are a little short of wingers, and once you take away Gutierrez and Routledge there’s not much left in our squad, apart from the youngsters like Kazenga LuaLua.
The 25 year-old has played 27 times for Sweden and started his career at Arsenal as a youngster.
Those are three players we think would improve the squad – who are the other players we have missed?
Let us know.