Newcastle Squad Still Very Thin At The Moment.


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.

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16 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Lee Ryder @lee_ryder
    Cissokho of Lyon has been a long-term name on #nufc shortlist so be interesting to see how this pans out over the weekend.

    Journos keeps saying that the last two weeks of the January window is when it becomes most hectic. Targets has been identified and negotiated by that time so we’ll see an acceleration in players coming into clubs.
    In other words;
    START PANICKING!

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I actually had a dream last night that we signed Cissokho, he was playing left back with Davide right back. What an awesome back 5 (inc Krul). Attacking full backs and rock solid centre halfs, all wrapped in a bubble by Cheick Tiote.

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  • ~Krul World~

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~Santon~~~~~~~~Willo~~~Colo~~~~~~~~~Cissokho~

    ~~Arfa~~~~~~~~~Cabaye~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~Jonas~~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Erdinc~~~~Ba~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    IN:
    Erdinc 5-7mill
    Cissoko 6-8mill

    Total: 11-15mill. Chances of happeneing 5%. This team would give me nightmares.

    or

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~Simpson~~~~~~~~Willo~~~Colo~~~~~~~~~Santon~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Guthrie~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Arfa~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~Erdinc~~~~~~~~Ba~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This formation might be too narrow though.

    Something I would personally want to see. But Malouda does not fit the transfer policy so would never happen.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~Santon~~~~~~~Staylor~~~Colo~~~~~~~Cissokho~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Guthrie~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~Arfa~~~~~~~~~Ba~~~~~~~~~~Malouda~~~~~

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    http://youtu.be/qZta09mvtqs

    Still want Aly? 😉 Apparently he’s become a bit of a joke figure in France, since he were heralded as the next great LB at Porto.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Fun this Ryder has said numerous times we aren’t interested in Cissokho (to my memory) and we know Pards isn’t talking about transfers

    So then where has this come from? He should end with #IveGotAPaperToSell

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Whats the difference between a striker and a forward thinking player,in fact what is a forward thinking player ?

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    WWJBD

    That’s all he and that Mark Douglas do, constantly string people along.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Nah I try to never judge a guy based on YouTube videos alone. Could make anyone look bad. I’d love him here.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    @wwjbd
    lol, he does, but he types it with white letters so u don’t see it until u mark the text 😉
    I dunno mate, always huge ammounts of speculation, it’s hard to keep yourself grounded sometimes cause u think a signing is very imminent, a few days go by and it doesn’t happen. Someone else is linked and apparently close….aaaaand it doesn’t happen.

    I’ll be getting withdrawels soon if we don’t sign someone 😛
    But then comes

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Mark Douglas @MsiDouglas
    Cissokho to #nufc reports jumping gun. No bid from UK club, source close to player says. Won’t play tomorrow as injured-but still in France

    @wwjbd
    See what i mean!?!?!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    @jail
    Anyone who runs forward and passes forward more than he runs backwards and passes to the keeper? 😛

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    WWJBD – he got it from this morning’s Sun newspaper, who reckon we are closing in on Cissokho. Probably more garbage from that tos-er Rob Beasley, who said that Carroll was coming back for £10m.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Ponderous
    I know haha its alright when u accept that but some take it as gospel

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Dannyo
    Honestly am not expecting to sign anyone now. And haha Ryder and Douglas not quite on the same page eh

    Jimmy
    Ah is that where its come from? Piece of trash reporting that paper

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    WWJBD – you’re right there,mate!

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Why is it When Alan Pardew is Asked about A Player he denies all Knowledge ??? Cissoko’ Prior’ Morrison’ Carroll he just says he is not aware ??? He must have been told by The 2 Dipsticks upstairs to keep your gob shut !!!!! We have a Brilliant Opertunity to Step up for the rest of the season if we just get a few more Soldiers into the squad …

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