It’s becoming clear that Newcastle made some excellent buys in the summer.
Erik Pieters could strengthen Newcastle back four
And it will take another closer look at the squad before January rolls around, to see which players can be brought in to strengthen the squad.
One area where Newcastle looks very strong is in midfield, and players like Yohan Cabaye, Check Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic are already in the squad.
That’s twelve players fighting it out for just four places in the first team, and some readers suggested that Newcastle did not need another central midfielder, like Marvin Martin of Sochaux.
We always thought Newcastle were short on the striker front and that may still come true by the end of the year, but if Leon Best and Demba Ba each get 10 goals or more by the end of this year, that may not be true.
So to us, Newcastle can strengthen most of all in defense, and that’s even when the Magpies defense currently has the best record in the Premier League, having conceded only 3 goals in 6 games.
We are not really strong at full-back, and current full backs Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor are not the very top class.
Danny Simpson can still improve of course,a nd that’s what we’re hoping for, and we have not seen anything of new signing Davide Santon, who may be able to play anywhere across the back four, which would be good for the team.
So we still think we need one more top class full-back and somebody like Erik Pieters would be an excellent signing, as Santon can move over to right back, and fight it out there with Simpson..
One area of the defense where we just don’t have enough cover is at center-back, and at the moment if either Colo or Steven Taylor gets injured, we are in a bit of trouble with Mike Williamson still out for at least another four weeks.
It seems that 21 year-old Tamas Kadar has not come through as much was we had hoped, so the best youngsters who could come in would either be James Tavernier, currently on loan at Carlisle, or young Paul Dummett, who looked good on the American tour, when he came in to replace Danny Simpson.
James and Paul have plenty of time to come through at Newcastle, but right now we think we need one more experienced center-back and we know Newcastle went after Birmingham’s Liam Ridgewell, and the 27 year-old can also play at left back too.
So we think that Liam could still be a good signing for Newcastle as someone who could be good cover for the back four, and perhaps Newcastle could do a deal that included Nile Ranger.
And if we do need another striker come January, then Modibo Maiga would be a very decent signing, and give the Newcastle attack another option.
So Erik Pieters, Liam Ridgewell and Modibo Maiga could be good buys in January, and it’s interesting to note that Newcastle were trying to sign the last two of those players on the final day of the transfer window.
Maybe Newcastle do know what they are doing!
Who do you think would strengthen the current squad?