Newcastle Could Bring In Two Center-Backs In January


News today in the Journal that the powers that be at Newcastle will be deciding whether to bring in two new center-backs in the January transfer window.

James Perch – becomes important player for Newcastle

The big bad news on Saturday was that  with just two minutes left in the game Steven Taylor ruptured his Achilles,  and he is in London today having an operation that will keep him out of action through the end of the season.

Coloccin is also out with a thigh strain,  and with Mike Williamson still a couple of weeks away from returning to training, Newcastle have no recognized center-backs for Saturday’s game at Norwich, and who will partner James Perch is an open question.

Newcastle were already going to bring in a center-back in January so the club has four recognized central defenders, as it seems that Tamas Kadar has no future at Newcastle.

It could be that one of the new arrivals will be PSV defender Erik Pieters, but the negotiations during the summer were hard and rather torturous, and we don’t  know if there has been any breakthrough on that front.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the injuries today:

“The injuries are our biggest concern now as we look ahead,”  “Colo has a thigh strain, we hope it doesn’t tear. We’ll have to scan them to find out how serious they are.”

“I was pleased with James Perch because he came on in a really intense game against a top player, and although he started shaky he got better as the game went on and that was pleasing.”

“We’ve been a bit unfortunate in these three games, we’ve not had our best squad to pick from, no Gutiérrez, no Cheick, the two centre-halves off the pitch for the last ten minutes, and yet I still look at my team and they’re competitive.”

The center-back problem this season has always been a disaster waiting to happen,  as long as Mike Williamson was out of action with his injured ankle since the August game at Scunthorpe.

But injuries are part and parcel of the game of football,  which is why the top sides have strength in depth.

We havn’t got that at Newcastle yet, and this could cost us big time through the end of the year, where we have winnable games against Norwich, Swansea WBA and Bolton.

This is what Pardew said about the situation:,

“Once we lost Williamson we were always in trouble,”. “Up until now we’ve been really unfortunate to have them both – Steven Taylor and Coloccini – every week.”

“But at some point in the season you’re going to get into difficult situations and it looks like we’re in a difficult situation – but the spirit of the group will remain strong and we go to the next game.”

We’ll probably have the doom and gloomers out in force, but it’s hardly an appropriate time to criticize James Perch, who hasn’t really had much of a chance at Newcastle this year, but now he gets it, and he becomes important to the Newcastle side.

Perch did well on Saturday, and we are hoping he can come in and give a bunch of workmanlike and solid displays in the next few games.

After all we want Newcastle to continue collecting those points through the end of the year.

And this will be a good test for the Board, and we’ll see if they can rise to the occasion and suitably strengthen the Newcastle squad in January, so that we can still have a decent chance of finishing in the top seven this season, and possibly  get into Europe.

Mike Ashley will be only too aware of the extra revenue that will bring into the Newcastle club, and we are hoping he will back Alan Pardew big time.

Howay The Lads!!



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58 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m sorry but regardless of his future at the club, I would sooner have Kadar at the back than Perch!

    Watching him be so far off’ve Drogba when he won that header for the 1st goal just said to me that he’s a decent defensive CM and nothing like a CB!

    We’ve lost our two starting CB’s now so there’s none o f this – don’t change a winning team – formula. Can we see SanToon now please Mr Pardew?

    Yep. Thanks!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    I thik this is the begining of the end for HBA at NUFC, i mean shola for HBA, is a joke knowing we have to go 4 it at home and make things happen and with a poor defence.

    Please tell me the logic, in addition i thought it took BA out of the picture too.

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  • TS -77

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Feels like the game died at halftime when Ben Arfa was replaced by Sh Ameobi. Pardew has done brilliant so far so I wont complane to much but I would rather seen that Lovenkrants or Obertan went off and put Benny on a wing with Best comming on.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh! and did not mention, lovenkrands, WTF,

    Sammy good enuf at Mancity nt at home

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Ollieh51, I seem to be suffering from Déjà vu.

    Support NUFC, support the team. Perch is part of that team.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Raylor, reminds me of an ostrich, whenever he sees an attacker he puts his head in the ground

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    And sum1 Pls tell pardew spirit can take us only so far

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  • Ollieh51

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Geordie German – I fully support them mate, just my opinion that Perch looked too easily beaten in the air and is not built in the same mould as you would see in most CBs.

    Notice how I didn’t slate him, I actually think he’s a decent Defensive CM.

    Just that at CB, you would typically have a greater physical presence.

    And yes, Raylor has been decent but we were crying out for a bit more pace at the back hence my suggestion on SanToon.

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Wtf what u on about hba weren’t in the game so he brought shola on n complete changed we had Chelsea pinned back for most the second half shola done really well holding on the ball up, ba was struggling doin that job by himself

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  • Ollieh51

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Indian Magpie – That’s abit defeatist mate?

    Shola was really good when he came on, good hold up play, smashed that effort off’ve the bar and also had another one go just wide.

    We needed that up top that HBA wasn’t giving as much of.

    A decent change from Pardew IMO.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    “I was pleased with James Perch because he came on in a really intense game against a top player, and although he started shaky he got better as the game went on and that was pleasing.”

    Anyone agrees – although the game was over the moment he came on

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    My only thing I could call pardew for is his persistence with rtaylor at right back anyone with a decent winger is now targeting him

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    I can’t believe the negative cr ap I’m reading here. Shola did brilliantly when he game on. Raylor was facing Sturridge (who causes problems for most defenders. Lovenkrands wasn’t as bad as people are making out and Perch improved with time.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Okay then why not Shola for Peter lovenkrands, who niether attacked nor defended properly

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  • TS -77

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    So what will be our back 4 now when Saylor and Colo´s gone?

    My guess:

    Simpson – Perch – Kadar – Raylor

    My wish:

    Raylor – Simpson – Kadar – Santon

    Whats yours…?

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    I agree perch done well played really well they only scored there 2 goals when Taylor was knackered n why ppl refusing to blame Taylor or cabaye for the first goal even pardew blamed them for it yesterday cabaye went to sleep n let mata jus wonder away for a free cross n Taylor was standing marking no one

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    People keep on saying Perch did well

    Perch “did well” giving two goals to Chelsea !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    apart from 1 or 2 shots shola was his Usual self

    “DAY DREAMING”

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Indian Magpie, Shola on the left wing? Can’t see him sprinting. Can you?

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Magpie pardew has already said hba will never play on the wing under him

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    And HBA just had one bad game, this guy is quality. Only people who don’t watch football think he is not good

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  • WesJameson

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Whats the point of even bothering anymore, ffs

    No CB’s
    Krul to be sold to the Spuds
    Tiote to be sold to Chelski

    The ref costing us the game yesterday, by not sending Luiz off and then still being a smug little C**T by saying he made a mistake, i mean ffs it was the most basic of decisions, last man, through on goal = SENDING OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! our season has just turned the corner, for the worse, mark my words, we are in for a hell of a free fall!!!!!!

    Most frustrating team in the universe to support, still maintain that WE ARE CURSED!!!!!

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  • Ollieh51

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Indian Magpie – For me it was OberToon that was a surprise that lasted the full 90 mins and on watching the game back the commentators said the same thing!

    His passing was a bit off and he didn’t really get in to it much.

    I thought Lovenkrands worked hard for us.

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Brutoon perch did do well other ppl r to blame for the goals other than perch ffs give him break

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Brutooon, Yesterday you where blaming Perch for all 3. Nice to see you’ve found someone else to point your venom at other than Shola.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Davybtoon : What? Drogba first header is because Demba Ba didnt man mark him? Or HBA to track back Drogba???

    GeordieGerman : i m not a fan of perch, ameobi and smith. getting rid of them is the only chance we would be success

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #27

    let me make things clear,

    I said shols for lovenkrands wd have been better

    with HBA’s temper i think the relationship with pardew could get frosty.

    Shola sprinting, i may see a white elephant than him sprinting

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Some very daft comments still flying I see

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #29

    HBA won 4 french league title. this guy is quality.

    I do agree with Indian Magpie that Shola replace Lovenkrands is a better option – rather give a younger,better player a chance in the 2nd half.

    Shola Spriting?
    1) never in a 1000 years
    2) We will win a cup first before watching Ameobi Sprinting
    3) Plus Ameobi will slip after 2 seconds he “sprint”

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  • traceline

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #30

    For me – I was quite heartened by perch – yes, he was “at fault” for the drogba goal (however I think it’s massively harsh to judge anyone like that – it’s drogba ffs, most CB’s would have a problem with him, nevermind a little-played wingback / covering squad player)

    Watching him for the rest of the game, I reckon that he did v.little “wrong” and made a lot of good tackles.

    It’s the other covering option: if perch covers Colo, who covers taylor?

    As for the rest of the pitch, I reckon we’ll be ok once Gutierrez comes back.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #31

    People talking about not wanting to see Perch play as if we have any other choices .. it looks like him and kadar will play vs norwich

    get behind the team people, stop behaving like nagging grannies

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #32

    Drogba is currently not in form but playing against SKINNY PERCH make him look like world class

    Its been a while that Kalou played (and score) for Chelsea. But against SKINNY PERCH, he got the easiest of all chances

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  • derekm

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #33

    over the year it is an old cliche that the luck balances itself out, so bearing in mind how lucky we have been to date – qpr, wolves and manu, something had to happen! If you had said that by nearly mid december we’d be sixth and two points behind chelski anyone would have been happy. losing Taylor is a massive blow, and we now need a quality replacement in january.

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  • seantoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Some of you talk nonsense. You don’t seem to know much about football. Perch played OK no1 is saying he’s a worldbeater but I’m sure he will do a job in these next 3games. And I think shola played brilliant when he came on. Terry and luiz couldn’t handle him. Maybe should have took obertan off and left benny on but parses knows best. Like Ed says your all doom and gloomers

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  • seantoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #35

    Brutoon are you thick he got an easy chance because Taylor was down injured in the centre circle which left a massive hole in the defence. Got off the guys case ffs

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    See the clowns back, Drogba is world class and still would of been if he missed… Ben Arfa was actually okay in the first half not terrible lost ball a few times but his movement for space was good he would of linked up well with Shola and Ba… personally Lovenkrands was a disgrace left Taylor so exposed which basically let chelsea attack with Sturridge every time..Shola should of came on for Lovenkrands and Pardew should really rethink the not playing Ben Arfa anywhere but the AMC role because he’s been a winger most of his career and has been pretty damn good at it…hell it was only for 45mins

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  • Sav

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Should not have come to this. Ashley left squad short of centrebacks. Now he has to spend anyway after we have limped through December. Shortsighted.

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  • supervil

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Good to see the gloom mongers are back. Only lost to Man City and Chelski – and they should’ve had a player sent off!

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  • GeordieJordy

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Shola has some shot on him! Even Alan Shearer said he is a very good player. The only thing that Shola lacks is any Acceleration or speed in general. With that, he would of been one of the Prem’s best! 🙂

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  • Nufc1892

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    I think Perch was decent as its already been mentioned He was a bit far from Drogba for their first goal. I don’t understand why Kadar is on his way out according to a few sites. I always thought he was a decent prospect. Norwich away was always going to be difficult but its a bit harder now without our 2 main centre backs but luckily for us we have played the best 2 teams in the league

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