It seems that Newcastle are not going to be caught short-handed again, as they were when they sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool on the last day of the January transfer window, and didn’t have time to bring in a replacement.
Erik Pieters – would be great buy for Newcastle
The news today is that Newcastle will make a move for the impressive Holland defender Erik Pieters, and that will be independent of whether Jose Enrique has left the club, when they hopefully sign the 23 year-old – shortly.
There has been news the last few days that Enrique will not sign his new contract at Newcastle, and with Liverpool probably waiting to come in for Jose late in August, to get a better deal, Newcastle will move now for their left-back cover.
Erik Pieters is a close friend of Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, and no doubt Tim will have talked in lyrical terms about Newcastle to his Dutch colleague, and Tim’s been on Tyneside since he was 17 of course and loves the place.
And as we had talked about a few days ago Newcastle would be willing to have both Pieters and Enrique at Newcastle, if Jose does not move by September 1st.
Pieters can play anywhere across the back four, and presumably could also play at right back, if Jose stays on Tyneside, and of course the signing could even persuade Jose to stay at Newcastle, but that’s a long shot at this point.
We think Pieters would be an excellent signing by Newcastle, and we would hope the deal happens sooner rather than later.
What do you think?