We felt upbeat about things when Gabriel Obertan signed for Newcastle earlier this week, and felt almost the opposite yesterday as Jose Enrique left for Liverpool.
Erik Pieters – bring him in quickly
But life goes on, and so does Newcastle, and hopefully Newcastle can now bring in Erik Pieters from PSV quickly, and then another striker early next week too.
If the club can do that it will bring some levity back to Tyneside, but it’s unfortunate that Newcastle start their season tomorrow, just one day after Jose left, and who will play left-back tomorrow?
Even if the club can get Erik in before the game tomorrow, and he cannot play, that will still give Newcastle a lift, and there’s still a decent chance we can start the season by beating Arsenal at home.
And this is what Alan said this morning about the left back situation:
“I am sure some of the fans will be asking why we had not brought a left-back in earlier.”
“The difference was if Jose had signed we would have ended up with two very, very expensive left-backs and that is something we could not afford when we are trying to create the best side .”
“We need that money in other areas and of course we do not have the striker to cover the line yet.”
“I understand a big bulk of our fans just want our best players wanting to stay here – it does not always work like that, unfortunately.”
From what we can find out about Pieters he looks a very decent player and if Newcastle got him in, the team shouldn’t miss Jose too much, and of course Newcastle need another striker, and another player should Joey Barton leave the club.
Newcastle have been linked with 23 year-olds Eren Derdiyok of Bayer Leverkusen and Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal, and with 19 days left in the transfer window, Newcastle need to get busy soon.
We’re not too sure if Bendtner is good enough for Newcastle, and Eren would be a risk, but the Swiss International could still turn out to be a good signing for the club, but £8.5M seems high.
And if Joey Barton does move on, we’d like to see Newcastle bring in Bayer Leverkusen winger Tranquillo Barnetta, as a replacement.
If they can do that then Newcastle will not have done too bad in the summer transfer window, and with some good youngsters starting to come through, we could be in reasonable shape come September.
What do you think?