Magpies Want Pace In Defense – Coloccini Resisting New Deal

It seems that Newcastle are willing to address the shortcomings in defense in the summer.

Jan Vertonghen – Ajax speedy center-back

Newcastle have been badly exposed this season by players with pace, at Fulham and Tottenham, and in the home game with West Brom.

In those games Andrew Johnson, Emmanuel Adebayor and Shane Long all had field days against Newcastle, and not only that,  but Newcastle lost all three of those games and leaked 13 goals in the process.

That for a side that had only conceded 8 goals in our first 11 league games of the season.

It doesn’t take an Einstein to realize that Newcastle need more pace at the back, and since they need to bring in a top center-back in the summer, that player should possess some pace.

24 year-old Jan Vertonghen is not only fast but he has a good knack of scoring goals, and the left-footed Belgium International will be on display at Old Trafford tonight, in the second leg of the Europa League tie.

Lots of clubs will be there including Newcastle, but the problem we have with Jan is how much he would cost.

In the summer he will have only one year left on his contract, and it would appear he could be bought for way under the £10M fee that’s been banded around in the press.

Newcastle did make an official inquiry about Jan last month, but we really don’t know what our chances are of being able to attract this player to Newcastle.

But if Newcastle could get Jan for around £6M, that would be a great deal for the club, and they showed in January, when they shelled out £9M for Cisse, that they are willing to pay out good money for the right player.

Mike Williamson has looked adequate at the back since he came back, but when Steven Taylor returns next season, and Newcastle sign their new center-back,  it could be that Mike becomes 4th choice at center-back and a squad player at the club.

Mike can get the job done when called upon, but we doubt he would be a regular starter next season.

That doesn’t mean Mike should be sold in the summer, since what Newcastle are lacking is a solid squad and players like Danny Guthrie, who can come in when the stars are away for whatever reason, and get the job done for the club.

Every successful team needs their squad players and they are very important to top sides.

And the news in the Chronicle today is not particularly positive on captain Fab Coloccini, who seems to want to wait until the summer before he even thinks about signing a new deal, and at that time he will have only one year left on his contract.

That’s just a little worrying to us, and wont even mention that he could be sold in the summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

That would be just too shocking for a lot of us.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    who is this amalfitano that we are apparently close to signing… he’s good? but he’s in ligue2 and not the main league. can he make the step up?

  • JimmyToonToon

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    We really need to get Collo’s contract tied up before the summer. Thats the most important signing to make imo.

    Got a really good feeling about Wolves at the weekend too, Pappis will get a brace, you can put money on it!


  • davybtoon

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    i can see us giving wolves a hiding on sat like we cud with doin that for our goal difference

    team id like to see

    santon willo colo fergie
    hba cabaye tiote jonas
    ba cisse

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Unless Collo accepts he will not be earning £85K per week he will be leaving.

    Guys dont get too excited about spanking Wolves…They are a good side who are very difficult to break down, I’ll settle for the points.

  • planb's revenge

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    get both amalfitanos in the summer. th de jong brothers and benalouane.
    two ameobis, two Taylor, two dembas, two amalfitanos, two de jongs and two yohans.
    commentary nightmare ensues

  • spitfire_

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Colo will not sign new contract and will be sold in the summer in the best case. His wage is too big and it’s hardly to believe that Thin Ash will gave him another 80k per week contract… Otherwise he must reduce his wage which I think that is imposible. Douglas, Vertonghen and we will be good.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    What is wrong with the world, How can fraizer campbell receive an England Call up

  • jonnymcdonald

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    @daveybtoon that would be my team but cant see him dropping simmo and can see raylor (if fit) on the right! Would love Benny to start though!

    Think the wolves game will determine how we go into the scum game!

  • JDdubai

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Colo cant get a 60-80k a week deal for 5 years, cant have another smith on the books in 5 years not playing but still picking up stupid money, plus we wouldnt be able to move him on as no-one else would match the wage.

    He should get that for the next 2 years then reduce for any further length of contract. Dont want him to go but he wont be earning that sort of money when he is 34 and 35.

  • Solaidback

    Feb 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    i know I’m gonna get slated for this but if Colo doesn’t want to sign, then sell him… simples!!!

    He’s 30, not particularly good at clearing crosses, not that pacey & getting a shed load of money for being captain… sounds a bit like describing Nolan last season & look what happened there…. sell I say & bring in 2 younger, pacier CB’s to stand along side Saylor with Willo as 4th choice…

    Make Cabaye captain & give Ba the 60k/wk wage that we get from getting rid of Smudger….

  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Solaidback – correct.


    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Collo is holding out signing his contract to see who comes in!
    Vertongen! No Thanks!

    Douglas! Yes please!

    I,m hoping that Collo gets what he wants though! If he gets a lucrative offer from Liverpool though he,ll be gone! SHIT!


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