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?