Just 10 Days To Go And Still No Newcastle Signings

We had hoped that Newcastle would bring at least two new players into the squad this January, and unfortunately  the Newcastle squad is again looking a little fragile through injuries.

Stephen Ireland – a Newcastle target

Alan Smith is now out for the rest of the season, Andy Carroll is out for at least another three weeks, and we hear that Steven Taylor’s bad luck with injuries has continued into this year, as he is going to be out another six weeks with his hamstring injury.

That’s according to the Newcastle journal this morning, and Ryan Taylor is also sidelined another few weeks with his ankle injury.

And the thing that has really surprised us,  is that we’ve let Wayne Routledge move on loan to QPR, so we are worse off  now than when we started in this January transfer window.

We reported yesterday that Newcastle are interested in Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland, and it now  seems that manager Alan Pardew is struggling to get the cash off owner Mike Ashley to fund any meaningful deals this January.

This is what Alan said this morning:

“I’ve got to have these battles with the board, absolutely,” “I am a little worried about not getting anyone so far and I need to keep mentioning it.”

“It is a worry that we have lost so many players to injuries.” “I’m not saying it’s the end of the world if we don’t sign anyone, but I do feel the need to bring in a player or two as soon as we can, absolutely.”

“I’m going to see Mike Ashley just to reinforce the point – that’s my job.” “Cheik  Tiote  will be back by the end of the window, Andy Carroll will also be back by the end of the window and that’s massive for us.”

“We’ve been running without Andy, although the two strikers have done brilliantly, and Danny Guthrie was fantastic when he came in at Sunderland.”

“We had some bonuses and that bodes well, but we do need our key players back and maybe one or two in the door.”

It looks like it may go down to the wire for Newcastle this January, but most readers seem to like the link with Stephen Ireland yesterday, and we think he would be a great signing for Newcastle.

Yes, he’s had a bad time of it these last 12 months but that’s because he was ousted at Manchester City by the expensive players that had been brought in, once Mancini arrived, and when he went to Aston Villa, Martin O’Neill resigned from the job in a huff.

Unfortunately for Stephen, new manager Gerard Houllier doesn’t seem to rate him.

Ireland, whose still only 24,  needs a fresh chance to settle at a club, and we have to hope that club will be Newcastle United.

But it’s a little worrying that there are just 10 days to go in this window, and Newcastle have had no success at all in this window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1


  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    I think you are worring over nothing – Were not going to get relegated. We are not going to finish in Europe, geth that out of your heads straight away.

    The squad has got us to 9th position so far. Trust in them – If someone comes in good, if not I’m sure the lads will keep on the same path!

  • hitman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    ashley fkin aboot again,the sooner this man sells up the better owa club will be..

  • fungus44

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    prob,s get two in last day of the window or not we can only hope we get some in.Andy carroll will be back when window closes in 10 day,s i think he,s now ok,but being kept out so no bid,s come in for him ,not that he would go ,toon player for ever

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    I dont see the panic really, not that many PL clubs have made their moves.

    The last 7 days of the window is where all of the activity starts, it tends to snowball as players start moving from club to club.

    We need players and we need the right players, no panic buys please.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    @ fungus44 // Jan 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Is a comma the only punctuation mark you know?


  • Chris F

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    We’ve bought Ben Arfa, so that’s 1 signing.

    not many clubs have made a lot of moves this window, it’s been very quiet again.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    AP on SSN:

    “It is important we try to bring someone in but it has to be right. The window is notoriously difficult for making bad deals.

    “A couple have gone through, that I won’t mention, but they don’t look good value to me. You have to make sure it’s good value and the right player.

    “I’m going to see Mike Ashley just to reinforce the point – that’s my job. And I am ready for those battles.

    “I will be very surprised if we don’t get anybody.”

    Have to say I agree with him, and I would not be suprised if in terms of “not good value” he is referring to Villa paying way, way over the odds for Bent.

  • henock1989

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    he is good…but we need more quality on attack…wid the exception of carroll…we r nothing…this is the only season that nufc have to make it to uefa cup…next year..villa,,liverpool and spurs will control the top 7…then it will be top 7…i wish i was the coach

  • hitman

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    “I’m going to see Mike Ashley just to reinforce the point – that’s my job. And I am ready for those battles.

    pardew sacked next week. lol

  • welshtoon

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Why are we looking at midfielders. We need a striker. I mean we cannot rely on Shola and drake

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    @ henock1989 // Jan 21, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    “this is the only season that nufc have to make it to uefa cup”


    No thank you – the old saying of ‘Too Much Too Soon’ springs to mind, we are barely managing to put a team together for a PL game, without extra matches.

    I know we sit 9th, but the target this year was always to stay up, anything about 17th is a bonus, but trying for Europe would be madness.

    Dont get me wrong, I want to see us in europe, and I want to see us challenging back at the top of the EPL, but 1 step at a time!

  • cg

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    hitman: it’s sad because it might even get to be true 😉

    That aside, I was already set on not getting anyone new in this january, if we do that’ll just be a bonus.

    Personally I just rejoice at the shitty and expensive aquirings of others. lol @ Villa.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    We need wingers and a striker in my opinion.

    A decent RW means Joey can move back into middle.

    We need someone to push Jonas a bit.

    We need someone better than Strolla.

    Im not concerned about RB/LB as we have Raylor, Perch, Saylor, Gosling who can cover them positions.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    to me… we all overacting…and some of us don’t have faith with our current squad begging them need to be transfer.

    do some favor, think, we have squad who make us climb back to EPL, squad who already have good relation and soul of NUFC.

    Like Kevin Nolan, many of us say he not worth to be captain, not worth to play behind striker, but he prove that he top midfield and SS.

    See how Best doing, Barton.

    So don’t panic.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    We dont need any more strikers.

    Strikers are nearly always made to look top quality WHEN the MIDFIELDERS provide the service.

    Currently, we only really have Barton providing any sort of quality.

    That’s the area we need to strengthen.

    And for me, we need a top LEFT SIDED midfielder OR a player who can play down the left and provide top quality through balls or crosses.

    Gradel / Taarabt both come into that bracket.

    We’ve not for ages had anyone else like that who could replace Jonas, who, for me, has been well below his best this year.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Without Carroll we are nothing? We are the 4th highest scorers in the Prem. Carroll has scored 11, Nolan has scored 10! From midfield! Carroll has been superb but the whole squad has done their bit. And Shola can be relied on to put a shift in for us.

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Hope I’m wrong but I don’t think we’ll sign anyone.

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    “but trying for Europe would be madness”

    what on earth are you talking about, we are 9th in the table, what do you want us to do? lose a couple of games so we sit happily in 14th.

    If the chance is presented to us, then let’s take it, it will kick-start the re-building process and we will be able to attract better players in the summer, and the likes of Enrique will be further persuaded to stay.

    I’m not saying go out and spend £24 million on Darren Bent or anything, just fill the couple of holes we have in the squad with decent bargains and see where it takes us.

    The Prem, is a very average league after 5th place, a Sunderland team that we destroyed twice is sitting in 6th, if anything we need to get into Europe just so they dont get in.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    i dont think people are worried about the quality of the squad but more worried about the depth we have a few players out now and we look paper thin we do need some transfers and for those who say we wont go down thts what everyone was saying when we did we cant rely on youngsters as back up theres no point in taking risks

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Well isn’t that a shock…

  • jasonbourne

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #22

    A wise man one said (Hughton): We have to bring in someone, but is has to be the right person, because I don’t want to ruin the good feeling in the squad by bringing in to many either.

    Injuries is part of the game, and I don’t think this is the right window to add to many players. We have Smith(Ankle), Tiote (banned), Ben Arfa (broken leg), Saylor (Hamstring), Raylor (ankle) and Carroll(ankle) out.

    When they come back (most of them in February), everyone of them will want to play. We still have Nolan, Barton, Jonas and Guthrie and Gosling available in the midfield. In attack we have Ranger, Best, Ameobi and Lovenkrands. In defence we have Simpson, Williamson, Colo and Enrique. I think we should stick with this squad and evaluate after the season of where we can make the startin XI stronger.

    Another midfielder and we have 10 who has PL experience. What about the youngsters? This was one of Hughton strongest side’s as manager. He had confidence in the squad. If you have to many players who expect first team football, then this will affect the squad badly. Pardew, if you want to prove yourself. Play with the squad you have. It is good enough for the PL.

    Improvement has to happen over time and by choosing the right players. Quality, not quantity.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    aye but if nolan gets injured, guthrie is injury prone, gosling could be in and out for a while smith is out tht leaves us with barton and tiote with non back up for centre then if barton moves center we only have routledge for right wing and thats only if he has gone to qpr

  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    i think we should sign conner wickham from Ipswich hes young and has got bags of potential iv watched him a few times for them and he looks good think he would play well off big andy

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew admits he doesn’t have a budget, but has to beg Ashley for cash when he thinks we need players. Steven Taylor, middle name Sicknote, injured for another 6weeks. What if anything happens to Colo or Williamson? Perch centre half? Kadar and Campbell injured and not interested respectively. Ed, I don’t think Routledge has gone yet. The bench should be interesting tomorrow. It will look like a creche. Spurs probably can’t believe their luck, especially if Nolan doesn’t make it as well. Pardew is beginning to have the look of a haunted man as he realises Ashley isn’t going to give him a penny. The Ben Arfa fee isn’t due until July 1st and will come as part of the summer ‘spending’. Pray for a take-over. Whoever said we definitely won’t get relegated, wasn’t half tempting fate.

  • punk skunk...

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s ‘supposedly’ AC’s thigh mate, not ankle, get the story straight…LOL!..
    He’ll be back once the window shuts…Smith won’t be missed(bonus), Raylor, no one’s cared so far…Saylor is a liability anyway…Tiote is the real miss & HBA…
    So, 1 injury(HBA), 1 can’t play ’til the window shuts, 1 banned…

  • henock1989

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #27

    well if we can buy young players for cheep price we can make it …all top 5 teams are constant but the rest have been a mess…bolton is gud cause they have a coach that think wid his brain…we need good scout and good academic coaches

  • punk skunk...

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    If all the players get injured we won’t have a team to put out, arrrggghhh!..

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #29

    @jimmymagpie: Kadar is out on loan and Campbell is (was?) injured.

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Thump – Kadar was injured in first game for Huddersfield. Didn’t even get to half time. Hamstring. The least said about Campbell the better – you believe what you want to.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #31

    campbell has had the flu since hughton left

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #32

    It’s all going down on the last day of the window. It’s always the same. Agents always play the brinksmanship game.

  • leedodd

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    We have 2 New Players really – Dan Gosling and HBA Both Will be Rockin early feb – Yes It would be great to get at least 1 new Player but we have had all the Talk – Larsen Keane SWP Ireand its time to get one of them or Shut up !!!!!!! Were Not going to Get into Europe we are not geared up as all that will happen is we will get injurys play crap in the league and get Relagated . The Fat controller Wont get the wallet out . One Really Daft Move was Letting Routledge Go To QPR Not a good Move with all the Injurys we have at the moment. Or is It After the Spurs Game we have a Spurs Player Lined up for Next Week and Harry is Talking to Alan Pardew This weekend about it ??

  • Sinner

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Get either Kranjcar 0r Ireland on loan with a view of a permanent deal at the end of the season.-.-

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #35

    @jimmymagpie: He played the first game to the end, must have been his second or third match.


  • The Shola Show

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #36

    youre never going to find a better striker than shola

  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #37

    @leedodd: No chance HBA will be playing a game until March imo. Definitely don’t want to rush him back after an injury like that.

  • jasonbourne

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    What about letting the youngster coming through? If Smith and Raylor is that bad, why can’t we let Shane Ferguson or Haris Vuckic play?

    They will never be good if you don’t give them a chance, and when you have injuries that is a good place to start.

    People here thinking about Europe? Fair enough, but it takes time to build up a good squad. We can’t just buy players every time we have a lot of injuries. What would the manager do when everybody is fit again?

    I honestly miss Hughton on that level, because he saw everything on long term, and that will be the new thing in football. You see players sign five year contracts. That would never happend two-three years ago.

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #39

    Leedodd – Ben Arfa isn’t even starting training until yhe end of Feb at the earliest and Pardew has already said that Gosling is out of training for at least 3 weeks. Routledge hasn’t signed for QPR yet. Jamie O’hara would be good signing, but FCB won’t pay.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Im not saying loose games to make sure we dont get into Europe, Im just saying that Europe is not a target.

    Our target is to survive, then next season we can build on the foundations we have.

    I’m not saying dont play in europe or dont win the league coz we aint good enough – coz if you make that place in the league you are obviously that good.

    Just if we make europe then we need investment, like toonfan09 says, not so much quality, but definately quantity.

    Every season we are ravaged with injuries in the second half of the season, and we never seem to have a big enough squad to plug the gaps.


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