Newcastle Likely To Spend Some Money In January

Things are definitely looking up for Newcastle United  at the moment, that’s for sure.

Liam Ridgewell – a target in January?

I talked on the phone last night with my brother-in-law Michael, who lives in High Heaton, Newcastle – and we both agreed we couldn’t quite believe how well things are going at the Newcastle club at the moment, but we hope it will  continue.

Alan Pardew was rightly annoyed with the Newcastle Board when they failed to bring in another striker with the £35M the club received for Andy Carroll last January, but Alan kept a diplomatic silence, and handled the matter very professionally, which is getting to be the norm with Alan these days.

And there’s little doubt now that the players brought in over the summer, all look to be very good signings for Newcastle.

And the news is that Newcastle will got after another striker in January, with Modibo Maiga maybe at the top of the list.

If Newcastle can bring in another striker in January and spend some of  the Carroll money, that would be great, but we’d also  love to see a couple of  other players coming through the door.

We are a little thin at center-back, and Newcastle will be in some trouble if either Coloccini or Steven Taylor get injured at the moment – thinks – I hope I haven’t put a curse on those two players now.

Mike Williamson is still a few weeks away from returning, and since Tamas Kadar does not seem to have come through, as much as we had hoped for, it seems that James Perch is the next in line for  center-back after Mike Williamson.

Newcastle went after Liam Ridgewell on the last day of the transfer window last August, and we thought Liam would have been an excellent addition to the squad, because he can also play at left back.

And maybe it would be possible to do a deal with Chris Hughton for Ridgewell, and send Nile Ranger the other way.

And since Davide Santon is a right footed left back, we’d love to see Dutch International Erik Pieters arriving in January too.

But with the defense doing so well at the moment, we doubt whether Newcastle think more defenders are needed, except perhaps at center-back.

We certainly don’t need any more midfielders, because we seem to be extremely well stocked in those positions, following a successful transfer window in the summer.

But trying to read the tea leaves on Tyneside, it does look like Newcastle will be doing some business in January,  and that would be good, as hopefully the lads can press on for a Europa Cup place for next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Caisleann Nua

    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    What do you think of this team, purely for gung ho pace and skill.

    Santon Saylor Collocini Ferguson

    Cabaye Marveaux
    Obertan Ben Afra

    I think that team is worth a blast against Wigan it would tear the a new a**hole. Imagine a right back facing either ferguson marveaux or ben arfa or equally a left back facing santon cabaye or obertan/jonas. Who to you go to after you finishing pooping your shorts at the sight of them running at you.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    players a would like to see brought in:

    Pieters (LB)
    Ridgewell (CB/LB/RB)
    Demba Cisse (ST)


  • boater

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    At some point…


    … in the meantime, stick with the winning 11 and get arfa, marveaux and either sammi or santon in on the hour mark.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Caisleann Nua : would rather play Jonas over Obertan and Ba over Best plus Fergie is not a left back, far too weak and he’s a winger and a winger only bud

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    tbf the spurs game is the ideal time to change our team we wer dreadful against Wolves so a think we should play our most creative players:

    Marveaux-Ben Arfa-Jonas

  • boater

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Why sell guthrie or perch? … we need cover in those positions, and they’re both young enough to improve.

  • Caisleann Nua

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    GeordieToon89 i agree with you but against an awful wigan side i think it would worth the experiment just to see a bit of the old flair.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Someone was on the Leg-ends last night saying we needed to make changes for the Spurs game, including the back 4.

    I just dont understand it me, why change a team that is doing good?

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Caisleann Nua – a dont think we should experiment atall mate a think we should play our best team every game bud..

    Boaters – Pieters and Ridgewell are both better than perch so thats the replacement plus 1 extra and Guthrie is out of contract at the end of the season and is never going to make the starting 11

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #10

    @GeordieToon89, would love to see that team on Sunday

    @NUFC_Richyg01, believe our team could do alot better with Santoon, Benny and Marv in the starting line-up, imo

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    NUFC_Richyg01 – only change in the back 4 would be Raylor for Santon…. but the a would make a couple changes elsewhere cos wer not playing well weve played good 2 maybe 3 times in the 9 games weve had yes wer unbeaten but the team needs freshening up with the more creative players and Ben Arfa and Marveaux are fully fit now and should be in the team


    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #12

    What about raiding Blackburn for Hoilett and Olsson… Would-be a great scoop

  • Minato

    Oct 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Unfortunately we will play the same team..and if we play the way we play against wolves against spurs I can see a narrow defeat…

    As stated this is the team I want to see


    Simmo Colo Saylor Santoon

    Marveux Cab Tiote Guti

    Ba Best

    Arfa to come on with 25 to play

  • Dyer8

    Oct 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    In :
    Papiss Demba Cisse, CF
    Curtis Davies, CB
    Cheikh M’Bengue, LB

    Out :

  • zaktoon_swede

    Oct 14, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #15

    nufc-downunder; yeay i’d take that! played great against holland a few days ago. great going forward! alright defensively. and who would like to play for blackburn… crap manager, owner, team n stadium.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Getting back to the topic of January transfers…
    The Toon now have an excellent midfield both in quality and depth so that department can happily be left alone in January.
    We do need a top class striker, however, and having spent zero in the summer window whilst making some great buys we should take the opportunity to go all out for the right purchase by outlaying decent (not outlandish) cash. No haggling over the final million if it is identified as the major piece in the jigsaw.
    Add a good (not massively expensive) central defender for extra cover, and we could be in business this season.

  • HKTP

    Oct 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Dyer8: Curtis Davies??? You on crack? I really don’t see how he can Improve the team. Ridgewell looks like a decent back up, nothing stand out but very solid in various positions along the back four.

    I’m not expecting many signings in January, hope we get lucky and limit injuries and suspensions. That seems to be our best bet for a high finish.

  • jay-toon

    Oct 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Junior Hoillet
    Martin Ollson
    Jermaine Defoe/Cisse

    Danny Guthrie
    James Perch

    Michael Owen on loan ( even though we made our feelings clear about him last season at st james’)

  • ToonMatt

    Oct 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    We are 4th in the league without spending a penny in the last transfer window, Ashley will spend nothing in Janurary. FACT.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #20

    we dont want micheal owen hes a toss pot full stop

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #21

    i think newcastle should go out and go for it for 20 minutes hopefully score then sit and eat up the play lotsa timewasting ,hard tackling and try n just keep possession to fustrat the spuds,then the spuds will go all out start the seciond and weve just gotta dig our selves in then id introduce ben arfa and obertan as subs ,santon would play right wing for me to help with bale,last 20 id just keep giving it to benarfa who inturn will keep possesion and not lose the game i would say to guti your only playing for an hour so i wanna see alot of running from you son ,introduce marveux and say to him if ya want first team football here son you gotta produce something in game like this from the bench

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed – Davide Santon is just as comfortable with his left foot than he is with his right. He’s a 2 footed footballer please stop saying he only uses his right. Even Pardew and John Carver said so. Santon should e replacing Raylor on the left with Raylor moving to the RB spot.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #23

    jay-toon – Michale Owen back !!?? What are you smoking. That spoilt twat can stay well away from the NE. I still can’t believe I ruined a perfectly good home strip by putting his stupid name on the back, now I have to live with it. As I don’t use it I might rip it to pieces and use the part of his name to clean the shit from the wheels of my car.

    That greedy, snobby, lazy, over-rated prick can stay on Manure’s bench until he finally retires.

    Go for Cisse (prefrably Sow, but it will never happen), Martin or Boudebouz and Pietres and we will grab 4th spot without a doubt.


  • ramajama

    Oct 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Get Nolan Roux in!!!

    Hes got 14 goals in 12 games for me in FIFA 12 and we all know FIFA is just as good as real life :p


    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Where have i seen posts like this before! Oh yeh every time just before a transfer window!

    I think we ought to just keep stum and let them get on with it!

    I will say this though: I hope we dont sign Pieters from PSV! He would cost way too much to get and his wages would be high too! He would bleed us dry!!!

    Far better to go for a younger player:
    De Jong from Twente or ( here,s a name no-one s heard of), Wilfred Bony from Arnhem Vittesse! Bony has been making a name for himself this season across here in the Dutch league! Still very young but would not cost us a lot whereas Pieters would be only be here for the money!

    Everyone on here has their favourites and the guy from Eindhoven is deffo not one of mine!

  • Ryan2502

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Newexpatmagpie: Good shout with Wilfred Bony! Just been on the Dennis Wise scouting encyclopaedia, that is youtube(!) and this guy looks very good. Quick, can go past people, has composure, and can head a ball, hopefully Carr has been watchin this lad!


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #27


    Been watching this lad for the last few months! And can only hope none of the other clubs aint been watching him too! The question is, would he be able to make the step-up to the Prem! He is very young but quick thinking and is certainly making a name for himself here!

    Hope Carr has been here scouting him! If he,s been in Holland he will of more than likely of heard of him!



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