Alan Pardew must bring in another center-back in January.
Yohan Benalouane in green – in action against Juventus
That’s if Newcastle are to avoid the embarrassment that happened last month when Steven Taylor, Coloccini and Williamson were all out injured, and we had no recognized center-backs to come into the first team at Norwich – and lost 4-2.
Of course whoever comes in will have to be a good deal and affordable, and one player said to be under consideration is Yohan Benalouane, a 24-year-old who plays center-back for Cesena in the Italian Serie A league.
The news is that a Newcastle scout was in the stands to watch the Tunisian in a Coppa Italia tie at Napoli in midweek, according to a report in the French daily, L’Equipe.
Cesena eventually lost that game 2-1, after having taken the lead in the first half.
The 24 year-old 6’1″ French-born Tunisian joined Saint Etienne back in 2006, and he played about 62 times for the French club before he moved to Cesena in 2010.
Benalouane was included in the Tunisian squad for the first time back in August of 2010, in a game against Chad in an African Cup of Nations qualifying game.
But he missed the game because he failed to get one of the required vaccinations before he could travel to Chad, and it turns out he did not join the squad in Chad, and he has never played for Tunisia.
He played once for the French U21 side, but we have to wonder how good this lad is if he is not a regular player for Tunisia?
It would be difficult to think this player could make it at Newcastle, from the information we have.
What do you think?