Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to bring in a new center-back in January and he will support manager Alan Pardew to bring in a top central defender.
Mike Ashley – will support Pardew in bringing in a new center-back
With Steven Taylor out of the season and Colo and Williamson out last week, we showed quite clearly that we don’t have Premier class center-backs available one those top three players are out for one reason or another.
And some potentially bas news today that Pardew still rates both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson as doubtful for Saturday’s game.
So if Colo cannot make it for Saturday, surely we will not play Simpson and Perch again in central defense – tell me it aint so!
Tamas Kadar deserves his chance and should be brought in, in the event Colo cannot make the game on Saturday.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“Mike asked me when am I going to get a center-half.” “It’s about making sure we get the right one.”
“When you look at centre-halves it is easy to get it wrong.”
“You can look at David Luiz, who is finding it difficult, he was £18M and he didn’t play the last game.”
“So it doesn’t matter what you spend, you have to get the right one.”
Last weekend Newcastle went after West Ham’s 22 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins, but the £2.5M bid was immediately rejected.
And we ahve also been linked with Montpellier’s defender Yanga-Mbiwa, but it seems there’s no way of getting Erik Pieters from PSV – at least in January.
And for the game on saturday, it’s ooking like we will only know what the chances of a Newcastle win are, until we see the team for the Swansea game.
Certainly when we saw Simpson and Perch both playing in central defense last Saturday afternoon, we thought it would be very difficult to get anything out of the game at Norwich, because who was going to head the ball away?
If we are still racked with injuries on Saturday, then it could be 3 points down the drain, if we cannot get the win against Swansea, who are not a good side on the road.