Any Player Arriving In January Will Be Young But Talented


The Sunday Sun is reporting that Newcastle hope to make a transfer breakthrough within ten days.

Harry Maguire – Sheffield United 18 year-old center-back

We had been told there would be a transfer summit meeting last week and that indeed took place at a plush Quayside hotel to discuss transfer targets and strategy and both Alan Pardew and Derek LLambias were in attendance.

The meeting is said to have gone well, and when Pardew was asked after the 2-1 win at home to Blackburn yesterday about what was happening in the market,  he said the transfer business was going well, but he obviously couldn’t comment more than that.

The word on the street is that Alan has around £8M to spend, and he would like to bring in a center-back and maybe also a striker with that money – but that may be tough – unless Graham Carr has some targets lined up on the continent.

But the Sunday Sun says if a really good player becomes available Newcastle would cough up extra cash, but only for the right player.

Newcastle will not sign anybody over 26, and it seems that an England based striker is being lined up so take your choice – that could be Watford’s Marvin Sordell or Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes, but we have no more idea than that.

It seems that Newcastle will go after young and promising players anywhere over 18 years of age, who may not immediately command a first team place.

And that’s okay,  as long as the center-back can come in and do a job in case Fab Coloccini or Mike Williamson get injured through the end of the season.

We were badly exposed when Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini were both injured, and the game at Norwich will long live in the memory for what happens when you have two central defenders who are weak in the air.

We conceded four goals from crosses into the box.

This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today:

“The player coming in will certainly be under 26,”

“I’m quite relaxed about it. We’ve got a good group of players and I’d like to bring in a player,”

The news that was also reported last weekend is that Newcastle have regularly watched Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in action on several occasions, and both are young but very promising center-backs.

Lewis Dunk – Brighton’s 20 year-old center-back

Maguire is 18 years old and Lewis is 20 years old, but both are starters at their clubs,  and appear to be outstanding young talents.

A center-back coming in will unlikely unseat either Mike Williamson or  Fabricio Coloccini, but they will progress and be the fourth central defender at Newcastle.   That’s along with Steven Taylor who will return form his Achilles injury for the close season.

That seems a fairly sensible approach by Newcastle and if we had a choice between the two young center-backs we’d go for Harry Maguire.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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79 comments so far

  • beddersmag

    Jan 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Good plan. We already have 3 top centre halfs so the 4th would need to be young and developing to be content not playing most weeks in the early days. Also will make us money in couple years. First?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Never seen Maguire play before so a cant comment but Dunk is a good prospect

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Ooo Pardew has said on the nufc.co.uk … Hatem made a massive impact when he came onto the Right. ooo Hopefully he’ll stay there

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Arfa belongs on the RW or LW, he cut inside anyway, and can cross with ease. He can solve our weak RW, he will get more space out there, whereas in the centre he can be liability depending on how the teams are playing. With open free flowing football pards could being him into the middle, but when teams are defending deep no point – the space is cutting in from the wing a la ronaldo.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    “Some of our play, Davide Santon in particular, was outstanding. Santon and Jonas down the left were absolutely brilliant, Mehdi took his game forward five or ten yards, which helped the game, Shola affected the game, and Hatem made a massive impact when he came to the right.”

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Today, is the first time ever I’ll ever be rooting for Man U! We know we can thump them 🙂

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    A 1-1 draw between Brighton and Wrexham is before us in the highlights? Be serious ITV.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Spuggy – A personally feel we always need 2 striker players and 2 wingers because when we just play the 1 striker thaz too much space between Arfa and the striker and we lose the ball too much but when thaz 2 strikers playing like Ba and Best/Shola it works well cos their compliment eachother well our best team for QPR which a personally think will actually start is:

    ————Krul
    Simo-Wilo-Colo-Santon
    —–Guthrie-Cabaye
    BenArfa————Jonas
    ———-Shola
    —————–Best

    Notice where Shola is.. Him and Best will be switching 1 will be the poacher one will be the target man so one will sit a little deeper when weve got the ball at the back and Krul is taking goal kicks he will come forward to win the flick on for the other to be on the recieving end for the possibility of a goal, Hatem will be a winger with the freedom to DESTROY! =] Jonas and Santon will be killin QPR down the left.. Cabaye and Guthrie will dominate the midfield by ther passing and creative force yet they ability to win the ball aswell

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Spuggy – aye thats the comment a was referring to loll it wouldnt let me copy and paste the full lot =[

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    thats a good policy.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I still dont think he’ll play him right wing.

    He’ll be afraid of him not tracking back.

    I would defo play him on the wing like….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    GT89,
    Maybe Pards is not as stubborn or too proud too admit defeat as we think,maybe the substitution yesterday was Pards throwing Oba’s towel in for awhile,lets hope so,and before people slate me for this,I’m not saying that should be it for him I just think he needs a bot of time in the reserves and a sub appearances when a games already been won and theres no pressure on the lad.
    @beddersmag
    Its comments like that that make our current regime think its ok to sell our best players for pure profit rather than the best interests of the club.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Luuk De Jong would be awsome 🙂 I still have hope, also Sordell is kind of a player i think is a must to our club.

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  • NorseToon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    If Liverpool go ahead and sign Demba Ba in this window, i’ll flip out, for real. I do believe i’ll go fu**g mental if that happens.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Luuk De Jong would be amazing… Sordell isnt as good as some people make out and he is no way ready for the prem yet.. getting abit obsessive but Rhodes is more ready than him his all round play and work rate is class for someone so young, bags of energy and one hell of a finisher

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    See, the headline Ed has here is what gets me excited. This shows that despite the fact that we may lose players, we’ll still get young and talented players.
    Given the summer window, there’s an 80% chance they’ll come good, and i’d take those odds any day. Obertan is the only player who’s failed to deliver.
    Outside the fact that Marveux is injured. Santon, Cabaye, Ba, Abeid, all amazing players.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail – Totally agree with that mate, Keep Obertan as a super sub type thing for now let him come on to make an impact that will build his confidence up then when he starts producing and doing what a winger should be doing then we’ll start to see him at his best but we cannot have a play like Ben Arfa who is a natural winger sitting on the bench

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  • magpie6699

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    GT89 – agree with the line-up. I’d keep Obertan on the bench a) as an impact sub with pace late in the game and b) not to destroy his confidence. He has ability but needs to learn to just cross the ball when he’s gone outside the full-back and not constantly back-track to his left foot. I’m not giving up on him after half a season – we could have got rid of Colo and Enrique on that basis!

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Wow, there’s some brilliant midfielders available on a Bosman from Serie A, this summer:

    Flamini
    De Rossi
    Montolivo
    Muntari

    Montolivo is the most underrated of all those, brilliant technical deep-lying playmaker.

    Man City are supposedly chasing De Rossi, so I can’t see them being interested in Tiote, if they pull that one off.

    Hope we’re thoroughly scouring the Bosman market, some real steals to be had.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Av said this a couple of times but its really p*ssing me off now….

    If Messi had of scored the same goal as Ben Arfa yday sky would be reporting it after every break saying another chance to see the sensational Messi goal.. im not saying Benny is as good but the goal was amazing and should be showed like a Messi goal would as it was quite frankly just as good as his wonder goals if not better because the Spanish defending is w*nk

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  • dmac

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Agree Dannyo, and i saw enough in Marveaux in the short time he had before injury to be excited by the prospect of him fully fit. I really think the transfers we have made (both in and out) have all proven to be good/wise decisions. People are panicking as its Jan that we may lose some players. Even if we do we have succesfully proved in my opinion our ability to replace.

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  • gmo16

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Hahaha off-topic but anyone know this guy?! Fan at SJP has his balls hanging out during the game…

    http://freshairfootball.co.uk/2012/01/newcastles-new-front-two-fan-caught-with-his-balls-out/

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    magpie6699 – Totally agree a dont even understand why he cuts onto his left foot he cant use it haha

    Ponderous – De Rossi is signing a new contract mate he doesnt want to leave his childhood club or summit, Flamini would be a good signing but hes getting on now, Muntari was poo at mackems last year but was class at Pompey again getting on abit though.. dont no much about Montolivio though haha but to sum it all up a see your point of quality players available for free

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    gmo16 – lmao

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #25

    GT89
    Just caught the last bit of that cheap low budget highlights show this morning,when finishing up thet said lets look at some of the high points from yesterday,Di Canio crying got there in place of what could be goal of the season,incredible.

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    @gmo16

    And with that. I have lost my appetite. I guess the labradoodle gets lamb for dinner tonight.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail – Exactly mate its ridiculous

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #28

    gmo16

    WTF!? 😆

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    dont think any noticed this yesterday but faulin of qpr got a very serious injury n will miss our game next week

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    davybtoon – Didnt no hope its not too serious hes a cracking player dont like seeing players badly injured.. glad hes missing our game though…

    Also Warnock said yday he hopes to had 3 new players by time there play us

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    gt89 he got stretchered off had his leg in brace looked in pain, i him n barton out thats there best midfielders missing

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    davybtoon – Sounds serious just had a quick read about it says looks a serious leg injury.

    Also did anyone not click on yday we scored in the 5th minute of added time and ther was only 4 mins added on am suprised Kean didnt start complaining lol

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  • toonincheek

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Ben Arfa seems to have done most of his damage when playing wide – remember Everton?

    He doesn’t get the same space playing behind the striker, although with a quick striker making runs would be ideal.

    Problem is – Blackbuirn were mostly sitting back. Against a team who is giving as good as it is getting, Ben Arfa will leave the fullback exposed.

    Stall say, though – attack is the best form of defence, especially when you have a Ben Arfa.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Can’t believe I’ve sat around for an hour and a half waiting for the highlights and we get that pathetic showing.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    also sunday sun are saying jason prior will play in beheind closed doors match this week more than likely the reserve game v wigan on tuesday

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #36

    I do think we do get a bit carried away by thinking that all our players are about to be sold,and to be fair nobody would turn down 35 million for AC,I dont think Chelsea would have turned down the same for Sturridge,what doesn’t help our fears though is the way Pards seems to put our players in the shop window.I know he cant come out say they’re not for sale,after what happened to AC,but Ashley could come out and issue a hands off statement,I think we’d all understand if a ridiculous offer came in and he back tracked,a bit like Spurs and Modric I’m sure they’d sell if a 50 million bid came in,by issuing a few statements now and then MA could make us all feel a bit better about whats happening at the club.

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  • seantoon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #37

    gmo16
    It looks like the Newcastle physio Derek Wright

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #38

    Yeah and they didn’t even comment on Cabaye’s strike after the Manu game on MoTD.

    Surely NUFC v Blackburn was one of the tastiest fixtures yesterday. Watch they’ll be all over the Mancs later on, salivating over there play, when nothing that happen in that game today will come close to what Arfa did.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #39

    Oh and against premier league opposition.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Spuggy your second comment was the key one, it’s not like we were playin ag non-league team, we had premier league competition. Biased journalism winds me up so much.

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