Still no players have arrived in the transfer window so far in January.
Alan Pardew – nicely positioned in the market place
Newcastle are supposed to have gone back in for Paris-Saint Germain striker Mevlut Erding, but since that news broke earlier in the week, there has been nothing new on that front.
Newcastle’s highest priority has to be a center-back, because if either Williamson or Coloccini are injured, the next in line is James Perch, who could maybe get the job done for a game or two, but he’s not a natural central defender.
Alan Pardew talked about where Newcastle are positioned in the January transfer market at the moment:
“We’re looking at the market. We’ve got ourselves in a position where we can move if we feel a player becomes available who will benefit the club now, in the short term, or in the longer term.”
“Even now with the window open everyone will react to injuries,” “It can change your outlook a little bit.
“Whether that has changed my opinion on a striker or a forward-thinking player, maybe.”
We’re not sure what the real situation is with Turkish international Erding, but the news recently were that Newcastle were in Paris negotiating for the player again.
And it seems most of Newcastle’s center-back targets are not available, with the top one probably being young James Tomkins of West Ham.
But with the Hammers tied at the top of the Championship with Southampton, the last thing the London club will be thinking of in January is losing one of their best players.
Newcastle have also lost Sammy Ameobi for up to three months, and Sammy was being used as an impact sub, so whether that will spur Newcastle to bring in another striker in January, in addition to a center-back, we don’t know.
But it will be very risky if the club doesn’t draft in a center-back in January, because we could be in the same situation we were at Norwich and West Brom, when we were short of experienced center-backs.
And we paid the price for that with two defeats in two games we normally would have been expected to win.
The Newcastle squad is still very thin at the moment.