Some good news today, well we think it’s good news.
Blaise Matuidi – Newcastle after this player
Newcastle have launched a doubly bid for Swiss winger Tranquillo Barnetta and Saint-Etienne’s France midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
With a new mess having been created at the club, we have to hope that new players will be brought in quickly, so we can get to see what the make=up of the Newcastle squad will be for next season, with a number of senior players now very likely to follow captain Kevin Nolan out of the door.
In any business, and good or bad, football is a huge business these days, you have to be very careful of not upsetting the leaders, simply because they have a huge influence on other workers.
And there’s no doubt that Kevin Nolan was the leader of the Newcastle club, and the fact he has left, will come as a hammer blow to many of the players on Tyneside. We’ll not even mention the Newcastle fans.
Newcastle are said to be trying to move quickly for 24 year-old defensive midfielder Matuidi, and we think they are trying to bring in Barnetta – simply because he seems better value than Charles N’Zogbia.
Certainly Barnetta looked a very good player and scored both of Switzerland’s goals in the 2-2 draw with England at Wembley in the recent 2012 European qualifier.
Matuidi started his career at Troyes and played there 68 times with 4 goals before he moved on to Saint-Etienne in 2007, where he has played 141 times with three goals, and Arsenal have been interested in this player for a while.
Matuidi played for the French U10 and French U21 and has so far played 3 times for the full French side.
Blaise is of Angolan descent and is said to be a fierce and strong tackler, and Newcastle need another defensive midfielder with Alan Smith on his way out of Newcatsle this summer..
It would be a relief to fans, if the club can bring in both these players, and they would seem to be very good acquisitions.
What do you think?