Newcastle Defense Also Needs Strengthening


If Newcastle keep up their good work so far in the transfer market, we can see a good improvement in the skills of our midfield and strikers.

Neil Taylor – Newcatsle need more defensive reinforcements

There’s no doubt that Yohan Cabaye is a classy player, and he’s a very good footballer who can create things from midfield for the Newcastle side next season.

Add to him two players who hardly featured at all last season,  in Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, and assuming they have recovered fully from their long term injuries, they are both potential starters in the team too.

And the most recent signing Demba Ba, acquired by Newcastle on a free transfer, presumably because the Magpies moved so much faster than any other club, is a very good striker, and  on par with Andy Carroll.

The fact that Newcastle are letting both Nile Ranger and Leon Best move on, suggests that Newcastle have another top striker coming in during the summer.

That could be PSG’s Turkish striker, 24 year-old Mevlut Erding, but if they don’t get him, it will be somebody else with sufficient class and goal-scoring ability.

So when you look at Newcastle’s midfield and strikers,  the club should be much improved for next season, and when you look at it that way, maybe Kevin Nolan would have had his work cut out to keep his place.

But it was the defense that let Newcastle down too many times last season, in particular at Bolton, Stoke City and that terrible first 25 minutes against Arsenal at St. James’ Park, where for some strange reason I can only remember the second half of that game. :D.

In those games the defense looked little short of pathetic, so surely the back four are not good enough for a top half of the table side next season.

We’d like to see an accomplished  full-back brought in – somebody who can play on  either side, and they have to be good enough to be a starter.

Neil Taylor looks a very good buy for £1M, but he will need to prove himself in the Premier League, and we’ve seen lower league players go both ways at Newcastle – Mike Williamson was a big success since he was brought in 18 months ago from Portsmouth, and James Perch has not been too successful at Newcastle, and may not be good enough.

And we are still not fully convinced that we have enough strength at center-half either, although Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor are three very good players on their day.

We’d like to see a young top class center-half brought in – somebody who can improve and challenge for a first team place as next season progresses.

Something like Newcastle did with young Sebastien Bassong three years ago would be good.

Newcastle should be good enough at goalkeeper, but if Steve Harper doesn’t stay as number one, we could see him move on this summer, since he’s had enough of sitting on the bench during the 12 years Shay Given was Newcastle’s number one.

Steve will be keen to get first team matches as he probably only has a couple of years left at the very top.

At some point we do expect Newcastle to continue their pattern of bringing in some top youngsters, and even paying decent money for them.

And money will surely not be in short supply, with £4.5M coming in already for captain Kevin Nolan, and Jose Enrique likely to bring in at least another £8M, and Nile Ranger and Leon Best likely to bring in another £5M between them.

If Joey Barton leaves this summer, he will bring in at least another £4M too.

So outgoing transfers this summer could bring in another £21.5M, so as the club will not not be short of funds this summer.

And if players do leave, then  each one will need to be replaced – and that’s in addition to the players Newcastle were targeting at the beginning of the summer.

With today’s Demba Ba signing, things are starting to look just a little brighter on Tyneside.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments always welcome.



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137 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Churning them out Ed lad

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  • Tinman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Articles that is 😉

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #3

    thats Angel Rangel not Neil Taylor

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Tinman you’re a wrong un lad haha. The defence sure does need suring up Ed, we shipped a hell of a lot of goals last season and if it wasnt for those four/five games we scored plenty in then our goal difference would have been as bad as the teams that got relegated. Bearing in mind we have already sold Carroll and Nolan with Barton on his way out this is half our of goals for last season gone. The squad was small anyway and i was hoping for cover for jose, simpson and a centre back before we even talk about attacking players.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Just got in from work (yeah at this time) and I’m knackered. Put computer on got a beer, sat down in front of pc and logged into blog. I have now read through the posts (but not the comments (to many)).

    Ed you said in an earlier post that you thought the reason that Ba didn’t get the No. 9 is because we are probably bringing in another striker. Sorry mate but I hope you’re wrong. Oh I hope we’re bringing in another striker but I hope it’s like a competition this season or at least half to see who is worthy of the No.9.

    Anyway chuffed to bits about us getting Ba. I’ve decided to get peed now. Now to take my motorbike clothes off.

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  • Geordindo

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #6

    welcome back ED!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Can someone tell me if you spell “peed” as in getting pi drunk. Peed or Peeed?

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  • boater

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #8

    “We’d like to see a young top class center-half brought in – somebody who can improve and challenge for a first team place as next season progresses.

    Something like Newcastle did with young Sebastien Bassong three years ago would be good.”

    Remind us Ed, how did that work out for us exactly?

    Also,. Gosling and Arfa can’t be relied upon until they prove their fitness – they are an added bonus – it’s crazy to be reliant on injured players when you have all that money brought in and various other key players have left.

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #9

    GG which striker/s would you like to see us sign? Unfortunately i dont think a deal for sturridge will come off so i could see us going for Long or that erdinc we have recently been linked with, think thats what he is called. I think the strikers we have at the minute arent up to scratch and the ones at the minute that i would like to see stay are best and possibly ranger because they both havent been giving that long.

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #10

    does anybody know if the roumors yesterday about barnetta true ?

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  • boater

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Quick question,,, where did the story about Best being surplus to requirements come from ?

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #12
  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #13

    oww rumour *

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  • boater

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Nick_9 on strikers I think you have it ALL ass above head to be frank.. Shola is the closest thing we have to a known quantity,, reliable, experienced at this level, popular squad guy- will lead the line and help us beat the chaff in the league. Ranger – a rookie kid with an attitude who can’t score for love nor money, should at least be sent on loan. Best should stay – aye, why sell?

    How do you know Ba is going to do any better than are current 3 senior strikers?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #15

    nick_9, which striker? If I answer that I’ll be entering the realms of fantasy. But of who we’ve been linked with? Definitely Sturridge. But that is probably close to fantasy. So between Long and Erding. Long. Because I think he’ll be hungry and wanting to prove something.

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Steve Brenner from the Sun is saying Danny Simpson can’t agree on a contract with us and McLeish wants him at Villa, I’m not a big Simpson fan but it looks like we’re going to be making drastic changes to our squad this summer and I don’t know how quickly the new players will be able to settle in.

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t know why we don’t bid for Sturridge. Chelsea are going to sign Lakuku for big money soon and Sturridge has already said he will leave if he doesn’t get matches.

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Boater Ameobi is alright and i he’s the first player i’d have to take a penalty but its his lethargic style of players i simply dislike, same with berbatov. Ranger has potential and Carroll didnt look all that great until he had a run of games in the fizzy pop. Lovenkrands in my opinion is past it and Best is still relatively new to the toon and looked ok. Ba could be a hit or he could be a flop but he seems more than willing to try and prove himself to us. He certainly looked ok and west ham so time will tell. If we are going for all these pacey players im wondering if the likes of shola and lover are going to be up there with them to put the ball in the net?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #19

    free giveaways, we may have. But with a possible deal like that we’ll never know till it’s done.

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #20

    If jose want to leave why dont we try to get clichy + 3m ??

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #21

    nick_9, hasn’t Lovenkrands been told he can leave? If not. Why not? Best is better. Imo.

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #22

    GG any striker that you believe we could realistically sign giving the circumstances we are in. I’ve seen Benzema, Hulk, Drogba, Van persie and that Lukaka all mentioned on here and i think that is bordering on fantasy football.

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  • Barras

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Not sure if that’s true giveaways, but it would make sense…Cameron Jerome is a good mate of his.

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Swedish Magpie i think clichy will want european football, i think we would get gibbs though.

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  • Heimir

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m very happy about Ba signing, but I think Pardew should keep Best, at least until january. And if he leaves, rather then buying now, waiting and giving young guys like Phil Airey a change to shine.
    The left back should be our number one priority for now…

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #26

    nick_9, I’d like to have a striker that doesn’t mind running at defences, who doesn’t rely on passes into the box but can score with both feet and his head when they come, who doesn’t mind kicking defenders or knocking them to the floor. A name comes to mind.

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  • Mac

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Home now and on the lash. Come on Toooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnn

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  • Mac

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #28

    Forget him GG he should be dead to u

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #29

    Mac, you may join me.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Mac, I don’t think he’s dead. But I think he’s dying.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Perfect replacement for Kevin Nolan is Charlie Adam, at the moment no bids for him, could grab him for £8m and would be more than a decent replacement for Nolan; he’s got leadership qualities and is also PL proven.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #32

    Mac, when I think of it. I’m surprised that Liverpool haven’t put a bid in for Barton.

    Toonboy_83, I am starting to think that our midfield is becoming clogged.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Lol, I thought you were talkin’ bout Shearer GG………

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  • burnsie

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #34

    IV JUST SEEN HULK IN MUNCHIES AT THE TOP OF NORTHUMBERLAND STREET!

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  • burnsie

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #35

    WAHAY!!!!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #36

    MacToon. lol, last time I saw Shearer play was at the Bobby Robson charity game. As much as I love him I don’t think he’d survive more than 20 minutes today.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #37

    burnsie, Strange that my cats just told me that he saw him in Pizza Hut in Bremen.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #38

    ……but the desription was of Shearer though 😉 and tbh I remember “the unnamed player” being described as “Sheareresq” in his style while watchin a game earlier in the season, shame for his club that he looks a little more than injury prone.

    yeah I seen him play then aswell.

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  • burnsie

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #39

    GG – AYE HE MEANS THE REAL ONE……U DNT GET THAT BIG EATN SALADS AND HUMOUS MATE!!!!

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  • MacToon

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Oh, if ur by Munchies pick us up a kebab plzzzzzzzz with chips.

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