Alan Pardew On The Defensive – New Defenders Needed


It seems the weakness of Newcastle this season has been in defense.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Magpies have watched this player all season

Newcastle seem now and again to completely  collapse away from home,  and this year that has happened at Fulham, Tottenham and Wigan, and in total we conceded 14 goals in just three games, and in all three games we conceded four goals or more in one half.

It’s not good enough for a Newcastle side that will be trying to make top four next season, and it’s an area Alan Pardew has detailed as one he needs to fix.

And with 34 goals conceded away from home,  Newcastle have the 7th worst goals allowed on the road in the league, and only Norwich City, Wgan Athletic and the bottom four sides have conceded more goals away from home.

Alan Pardew had talked earlier in the week about needing to strengthen in defense, and he had this to say:

“At the back is an area we need to strengthen. We’ve let in too many goals,” “We have to tighten up at the back. We finished with only a plus-five goal difference.”

“We let too many in and didn’t score enough to win 21 games – that’s the truth of it. “But to win 19 means you’ve been really tight all year.”

“We’ve had to grind wins out and next year we are going have to make sure we win 21 games with a little bit more style.”

“It’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels, that we understand we have taken the Club on a huge leap forward, finished above some great teams below us, and then try to improve on that.”

FC Twente’s Brazilian 6’4″ center-back Douglas,  and Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who has just been called up in France’s provisional 26 man squad for Euro 2012, have both been linked with a move to Newcastle during the season.

And Lille right back Mathieu Debuchy, and PSV defender and Dutch International Erik Pieters,  are all defenders Newcastle have been watching for a while,  and Newcastle almost brought in Pieters last summer.

We’ll probably see two good defenders arrive in the summer, and more if Danny Simpson leaves.

And Alan said last week on the call-in show on BBC Radio Newcastle,  that he had been impressed by some youngster on trial at Newcastle.

Alan would like to bring in a top young center-back, and from some of his comments he seems to have been impressed by at least one youngster currently on trial at Newcastle.

That could be Lucerne’s 18-year-old defender Valentin Gjokaj, or it could be Marseilles France Under-19 international center-back Christophe Lowinsky, who are both currently on trial and both are highly rated young defenders.

If we were to hazard a guess,  we’d say that Lowinsky has been impressing the coaches in training, but certainly defenders seem to be Alan Pardew’s priority this summer.

More competition at the back is what’s needed for next season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • G

    May 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #2

    That Vincent Kompany would look canny in a toon top, but meanwhile in reality, I think we need both full back and centre half cover more than any other playing position for next season. When we got beat, we got really beat. Knock out the tonkings, and our season would have been so much better (and it wasn’t half bad saying that).

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  • check the toastie

    May 16, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Gud words by Pardew, gud that he knows we have scaped thru so many games this season it is untrue, next year maybe we will show a bit more ambition in outplaying teams and securing more comfortable wins.

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  • redondo77

    May 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think we are qualified to play in BPL, we should be playing in Ligue 1.

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  • redondo77

    May 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #5

    krul
    debuchy, mbiwa, colo, santon
    hba, tiote, cabaye, marveaux
    cisse, giroud

    that’s already 6 french nationality, 8 french speaking.
    we should start applying for french citizenship and learn french national anthem.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #6

    redondo

    You’re aware we haven’t signed those players, aren’t you? 😉

    Liverpool and Spurs have been – allegedly – watching Mbiwa, and unfortunately they can offer wages that we cannot. Same applies to Giroud.

    The only thing going for us is that we have a good reputation in France, and good relationships with a lot of people.

    The thing that goes against us is that the Montpelier president is an absolute cock.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #7

    I coukld be wrong, but I think Mbiwa is about the same height as Colo. If this is the case, we wont sign him to play as a regular centre half. I would say Douglas or some unnamed large unit id far more likely, along with Debuchy.

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  • mondziu

    May 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #8

    TDS – let Spurs have Mbiwa then and we’ll settle for Verthonghen. Ha!

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  • tarie4

    May 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #9

    redondo77

    1st of all, giroud is out of our price range, and it would be Ba up there and not him. 2 Jonas is above marvaux in the winger department, 3. Saylor is a starter wen fit, so that makes it.. 3 French players, and 5 French speaking players 😉

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Spurs have agreed to sign vertoghen if u believe the rumours he was at there last home game

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  • mondziu

    May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Well they can’t sign them all, can they? Even ‘Arry said that when talking about Ben Arfa – ‘we coulda had’im, but you can’t sign’em all’

    Well, CAN they?

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d rather alderweild n mbwia over vertoghen

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  • catchy in norway

    May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #13

    tarie4

    sorry but i think you will find jonas takes a back seat this year, if marv is fit , he will start before jonas.

    agreed on saylor, he when fit is a good goal CB, but its the cover we need, as we know he will get injured

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  • mondziu

    May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #14

    I would love Jan, he looks like a complete player, but I think it’s a little unrealistic since we missed out on Champions League.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #15

    @tarie

    I think marveoux is well ahead of jonas as a winger…jonas has a poor end product

    And giroud might be out our prive range but rumours he will be availble for between 10-13 with a release clause

    Saylor is a starter when fit….but he has not played over half the games in the last 4 years.

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  • mondziu

    May 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Jonas’ fate depends on our summer aquisitions. And I don’t mean wingers, I mean defence. If we have a solid defence, we’ll see Jonas less, but until then he will be a key player.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Bet we get players not on the radar through the door.
    If we pull in anyone on here’s list I’ll be a bit surprised. Carr has got everyone (including a few on here) doing a Dennis Wise – scouting via YouTube – he’s doing the real thing and will find the talent we need. That CB we missed in January might have cost us the CL position btw…Pardiola won’t want to let that happen next season.

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  • redondo77

    May 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #18

    I know we haven’t signed them and probably won’t.
    Just in case if we do, isn’t it too many french player?
    I don’t have anything against french players, but isn’t this supposed to be english league not french league heheheh. i rather we signed argentinian or italian players, so nufc becomes multi – nationality hehehe

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  • tarie4

    May 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Guys, was just wandering, does tiote ever do interviews??

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #20

    davy

    Do you know if Richardson is one of the players being released this summer? I couldn’t rmember if his name was mentioned or not.

    I do hope not, and from what I’ve seen he’s got a very good footballing brain on him. He really stands out.

    But then again, I thought Dan Taylor was going to be a star, yet we’ve let him go! Shows what I know.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #21

    iv seen him once at the end of a match
    but he must do them, there always quoting him in the press

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Also, don’t under value Jonas.

    He’s probably the 3rd name on the team sheet behind Krul and Colo. Pardew loves a player who works incredibly hard.

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Would anybody try and take Bertrand from Chelski?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #24

    tds

    yes he does,

    BUT

    he also said the goal +5 was not good enough, and jonas is a big part of us not scoring goals, he dont create or score enough

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree Jonas is important….but as a defensive mid….not a winger.

    Also I think next season we need to win games with quality not hard work.

    Obviously the players need to work hard but we want to win games the way arsenal and spurs do….not by grinding out results.

    It was perfect for this season but next year we will improve and can see us spending more time with the ball and less chasing it….so jonas for marvin martin for example.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #26

    TDS

    Pards also loves his utility players – Raylor, Perchinho and Jonas all fit the bill and will get plenty of match time as they are adaptable. He has a strategy for dealing with injuries and keeping the dies stable and that is by relying on a few guys who work hard and can adapt. The key is work rate and commitment for utility players.

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  • redondo77

    May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #27

    i voted Jonas, because he never made the headlines. i like him, hardest working, great individual, loyal, never complain.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #28

    @beattie

    yes and no…..we have 2 promising young left backs…santon and fergie (although he looks a better winger)

    i think if we sign a left back he needs to be established.

    I would take sturridge if they get rid of him…..he is selfish and not great playing wide but through the middle like when he was at bolton he is very good.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #29

    * dies = side

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #30

    rich

    Do we need a guy like Sturridge when we have Ba and Cisse ? He’s everything you say – selfish and not good wide…

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  • mondziu

    May 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #31

    @rich_toonfan

    I have to agree with you on the fullback front.

    For Sturridge, however I believe his selfishness would be a problem fitting into the team. He would also, despite his age, command wages probably above what we are willing to offer to a young, upcoming striker.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #32

    @mfh

    we certainly need at least one more striker

    we cant rely on shola and best for the month (miimum) that cisse and ba are away….we need to bring in a good striker who will push cisse and ba for a place.

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  • redondo77

    May 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #33

    we should get barton, tim cahil, djibril cisse, balloteli

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Tds no Richardson isn’t being released Inman dummitt n tavernier all being kept aswell the last r all 20year old now I’d expect them to b involved in the first team squad next year, I kno they rate dummitt n tav extremely highly

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  • redondo77

    May 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #35

    also get lee bowyer and kieron dyer back

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #36

    rich

    Agree we need another striker – maybe even 2 but the 3rd pick ought to be a young guy with maybe a 2nd tier record – Championship or France 2. Pards can bring on through our team building approach. We need a Ranger…but no gangstas.
    Hope Shola supersub will still have a tactical role but couldna do 90 mins

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #37

    And the comment about carr finding these hidden gems…

    he did that last year for 2 reasons.

    1. nobody expected us to sign good players (well no media so the stories didnt get a look in)

    2. clubs will see us coming in and maybe make thngs more public….hoping to start a bidding war..even if we back out others might come in

    I think with our growing reputation it will be harder to keep deals quite.. there is already more speculation in the papers regarding our transfers compared to last season.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #38

    @mfh

    i would agree in usualy circumstances the third choice could be a young guy (especially if we only play one at a time) but with the 2 main lads off for over a month we need a one who is ready then have a younger, unrpoved striker as 4th choice with shola.

    Would love us to get rhodes but fear he could be too pricey.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #39

    rich

    That means we’ll have guys trailing Carr. Bit MI6 ish

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  • davybtoon

    May 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #40

    I think ranger will get another chance

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