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.