Former Newcastle great and captain of the last Newcastle team ever to win something – Bobby Moncur – has chimed in today with his own views on who Newcastle need in the transfer market this summer.
Bobby Moncur – Newcastle need another central midfielder
And Bobby has come out and said with Danny Guthrie having departed Newcastle for pastures anew, the Magpies need to bring in a good central midfielder, as their top target.
Moncur was the captain of the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969 which is the last trophy Newcastle won, and the former very tough center-back had to say today:
“It’s been quiet so far, but I’m sure there’ll have been lots of beavering going on.” “Graham Carr and his people will be looking at players, and things will start to happen soon.”
“Newcastle have got to look at the Danny Simpson situation, and if he’s going to leave, find a new full-back.” “I watched England against France and was impressed by Mathieu Debuchy.”
“Alan Pardew’s been quoted as saying he has an interest in the guy, and he looks a quality player. You can never have too many of them. People have said Newcastle need a new centre-back, but with Steven Taylor coming back, and with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson, I don’t think they’re too badly off there.”
“They are one down in midfield, with Danny Guthrie leaving, so they could use some back-up there.” “It’s going to be a long season, with the Europa League, so you’ll need a big squad, and I like that they’re looking for versatility in players. That makes a lot of sense.”
“Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote are obviously first choice in central midfield, but you need strength in depth.” “It’s good that the better players are on big contracts,” “But sometimes you’ve no choice but to cash in.”
“Look at the Andy Carroll situation. They held their nerve and got their money’s worth. It’ll be the same with any player.” “I don’t think they need to sell anyone but if they do get a big offer, as long as they get a decent replacement in then people will be happy. ”
“It’s a policy that’s been proven to work.” “But then, where would anyone go? After the season Newcastle have just had, who would you leave them for?” “Manchester United or City, Chelsea and Arsenal maybe. But after that, who?”
“Newcastle are in good shape, in Europe, there’s great team spirit and a good manager, and great fans. What more could you ask for?”
Good words from Bobby, who is a born leader of course, and became a great captain at Newcastle.
I played with Bobby, before he became great at Newcastle, way back in the early 1960s when we both joined the club in 1960, and we played for the Newcastle Junior side together for a season.
He was a good guy then, and played right half-back (the old number 4 position ), and was always helpful both on and off the pitch, but I never thought he would become as good as he became at Newcastle.
We are also hoping that Steven Taylor is in the same form he was last season, when he played just great, before he injured his Achilles in the home game against Chelsea, that saw him unfortunately miss the rest of the season.
But we need four good center-backs, especially when we are back in Europe with the extra games to be played, so there seems room to bring in another good center-back to duke it out with Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson for the two center-back positions.
What do you think?