Newcastle To Go After Top Full Back In The Summer?

It would appear that Newcastle will be after at least one full back in the summer transfer market.

Jose Enrique – should be fit to start against Wolves

And that’s even if Newcastle can keep Jose Enrique on Tyneside, which we hope will be the case.

Only yesterday, because  of the dwindling numbers of fit and available players at the club for the run-in, Newcastle recalled 19 year-old right-back James Tavernier, from his very successful loan spell at local club Gateshead.

But in order to increase the competition for places at the back,  if Newcastle can bring in a top full-back, who can play in either full-back position, then we have to think that would be a good move by the club, and it would put some pressure on both Enrique and Simpson, who are the current first choices at the full-back positions.

If Jose leaves then Newcastle will just have to bring in a top class replacement, and a number of players have already been mentioned including Nigerian International Taiwo of Marseilles, who is a free agent this summer.

And Fab Coloccini has said today the training this week has been more relaxed at the Benton Training facilities, and that’s good so we don’t  see any more injuries on the training pitches.

Fabricio talked about the training this week:

“Training has been a little bit more relaxed this week because we do not have a game at the weekend,”“That has been good. It has given us a chance to work on a few things the manager wants to get right.”

“It has allowed us to go into things in a bit more detail than we might have been able to if we had a game this Saturday.” “We have only played two games in the space of one month, then in the next month we have five.” “It’s not really what you expect in English football because there are usually a lot of games all the time.”

“We maybe needed this rest a little bit.” “It has given us a chance to have a bit of a break.”   “Most of the players do not have anything wrong with them physically, but we have all been a bit mentally tired and this has given us a chance to get our heads right again.”

“It is also important to get the injured players back because we have a small squad.”

The rest will hopefully allow Jose Enríque to overcome the hamstring problems which had him play only 22 minutes against Stoke, and that was a blow in that game to Newcastle because of his missing experience, although Shane Ferguson came on and impressed immensely.

If Jose doesn’t make it, then it’s almost a certainty that Pardew will give Shane (what a film that was), his very first start in the Premier League, and at St. James’ Park too.

And we are hoping that Stephen Ireland can also remain fit and be able to make his Newcastle debut in that game, but whether he will start the game we don’t know.

But the last thing we want to hear next week is for more of our players to be injured during training, and there’s been far too many of those injuries lately, which we really cannot afford because of our very small squad.

And as we’ve said before, Newcastle could start off the summer transfer window no better in early June than by announcing that both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique have accepted new contracts to stay on Tyneside, and that the club also had two deals for International players to announce.

The potential new signings are what the Newcastle Journal reported earlier this week, that Newcastle have two deals already agreed, as long as the club stays in the Premier League of course.

But if Newcastle can do that, it will significantly raise the spirits of both fans and players alike.

We certianly hope that’s what happens – but first things first, and before that let’s just make sure that Newcastle beat Wolves a week tomorrow – that would be a very good next step, and worth a little celebration that Saturday night too.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Thump

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d like to see more of Fergie. That bit of skill by the corner flag against Stoke was amazing and if he can keep that kind of quality up, we’ll have a very, very good young player on our hands.

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said,Thump.

  • Davies

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    I suspect I’m in a minority, but I’m actually looking forward to the transfer window, provided we stay up, of course.

    I’ve been impressed with Fergie so far, barring one gaff against Stoke, which, ultimately, cost us a goal. He is, I think, a winger, rather than a full back, but I’m sure he can work on the errors in his defensive game, as a left back with the obvious skill he has would make our left hand side impossible to deal with.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Not knocking your opinion fella.
    I am one who is dreading the transfer window, as I am looking historically, and i cant recall us having any GREAT transfer windows since Fat Maggot Bought the club!!

    I have a horrible feeling that we will all be disappointed and gutted as i think 2 or 3 of our so called big players, will exit!!

    I dont like being doom n gloom, Like i say its historical!!

  • Thump

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Can’t say I’m either excited or dreading it. It’ll be with highs and lows, but if it’s anything like the last two then we’re going to be bald and likely have heart problems by the time it closes.

  • Stuart

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m going with blind optimism this summer like, we may lose enrique but I can see around 5 players coming in, hopefully a few quality ones.

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Houllier has left villa,rumours are going around.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    DerkaSayWhat, hope not. A week next Friday would be fine. But not today.

  • geoff777

    Mar 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    We’ve needed a backup left back for a couple of seasons …

    I’m not sure about full backs who can play either side. Better to buy a genuine left back.
    Simpson & Saylor can cover the rhs.

    Ferguson does look a great prospect.

    I can’t see Ashley spending anything like most of us want.
    History tells us he’s a lying cheapskate.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh and just for you Ed.

    “A ball is as good or bad as the man who’s kicking it”.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11


    you say you’re not a doom and gloom merchant but doesn’t your moniker kind of imply the opposite.

    You got to stop labelling people. A lot of fat people are nice people. Try and take a more generous view of people, it could work wonders for you. Just being abusive when you’re not really subtle with it is just sad, but then……

  • chuck

    Mar 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes instead of concentrating on midfielders this club should IMO start looking at both defenders and people who can put the ball in the net.
    As for the praise being showered on Ferguson, look the kid is a lightweight prospect only.
    Sure he had a decent game, but only coming forward, as for being a defender, looks more like a matador than a stopper, cant play there.
    If Jose leaves theres Taiwo, Izaguirre and others, we also need backup accross the back four.
    Perhaps it`s time to find out if our youngsters have what it takes to play in this league ?
    We have yet to hear what kind of players we are going to bring in ?
    We are fairly well stocked in mid field, though i would like to see Kranjcar brought in and most of our midfielders are versitile enough to play in a number of roles.
    We should be looking at at least three defenders and a couple of goal scorers, though i would`nt expect to see that many recruited.
    Probably end up with Punchion or whatever his name is plus the kid at Leeds and possibly Larsson, aaarrrrggghhh !

  • max

    Mar 25, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    if enrique still unavailable i guess our defence should be simpson-taylor-williamson-collocini.. i think collocini can play as left back as feguson is more likely to be play as a left wing..

  • giimps

    Mar 25, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #14

    rather have perch as lb with ferguson in front of him,tayls simmo and williamson with guti right mf colo def mid joey att mid best and ranger strikers.
    Strolla or Lova as a sub if needed, bring on Phil Airey with 10 mins to go if we need a change or if were winning well.

  • geordieal

    Mar 25, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Perch at left back? I’m so glad your not picking the team! the forest fans are still laughing that we bought him. Lol

  • AndyMac

    Mar 25, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m thinking not many of you lot have seen a Fat Shepherd inspired “rumour pre season” ?

    Its all about getting those poor unfortunates, who cannot hold their wallets closed long enough, to sign up and give the club the lifeblood they need to operate and buy a few players or pay a few bills. Notice how it now encroaches upon the current season and doesnt wait until the summer to screw you out of your ST money ??

    Fat Freddie wasn’t stupid enough (and boy was he a stupid fat phuck) to ask for your money before the season had ended but unfortunately all this Fat Cockney is driven by is “pile em high, sell em cheap”

    When, oh when, can we delouse this club and rid ourselves of the stink of greedy , dodgy chancers who have no comprehension of the history of this club nor the passion of it’s fans ?

    If I had a choice I would take relegation to Div 2 in order to see this club regain its soul – far away from Del Boy and his mindless lap dog.

  • mikenotiades

    Mar 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Gervinho told reporters: “Newcastle are a good team. I have been linked to various teams now but I am still under contract at Lille until 2012, so I am not worrying.

    I actually think this looks on…
    We need more though


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