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?