Newcastle Need Top Central Midfielder Rather Than Center-Back


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?

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • Phatoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I still think we need a CB but maybe not a “world class” one. One which is young and pretty good would be nice.
    I think S Taylor and Coloccini are the first choice.

    We do though need to get a good starting partner for Tiote. So we have 2 DM and Cabaye at the front of the 3.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I guarantee that all the journos are guessing about nufc!

    Nobody and I mean nobody knows our business.

    Look at Cisse. There were rumours in the summer and then nothing until he was on that plane!! Nobody, not the mail, the star, sky sports, BBC, Cwarr or transfer sage knew anything.

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Bollox Bobby….we are desperate for another top CB plus back up.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Good words from Moncur there!

    I think he underestimates the CB problem though. It cost us a fair few points last season. I’d keep Williamson as back up but we need another CB no doubt, of decent standard too. He’s right about the CM situation, but really we need a striker or even two, and a winger. Ideally I’d like us to sign 5-8 new players, which is very ambitious I know, but if we’re going to compete in Europe and match or improve on last season’s league position then we really need a bigger squad.

    I’d like to see a new CB, LB, CM and striker as the minimum requirement this summer. Another CB, CM and a winger would be nice. Hopefully Vuckic and Abied will come through for us this season. I’m hoping Santon has a big season too.

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  • blew

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Still need a top centre back to play alongside Colo. Taylor has been injury prone throughout his career, playing him regular only exposes him to more injuries. Best as a squad player.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry to say this guys but I hate how people try to prioritise transfers regarding which position needs to be filled first.

    If clubs did that it’d be a nightmare. Each position deserves equal attention and if the player becomes available the Sign them.

    You can’t say we need a cb before a cm as that’s not the case. We need both (and more) or else it’ll be a long season

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  • nufc 11

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Chris Samba is looking 4 a return to the PL.

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Shot Bru:
    called it right in a oner. Bobby is talking codswallop. We got very lucky with injuries last season to our central defence. if Collo and Saylor get injured, we are relying on Willo again (perish the thought. Willo does OK as a stop gap but should be bench material. Top quality CB alongside Collo / Saylor, is worth another 10 points to us. Ditto injuries to Krul….. We could do with a TOP reserve keeper, not fussed on Elliott from what I have seen.
    Guthrie away means we desperately need cover in Central Mid (Tiote African cup again this jan)……………

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    (sensibly priced) Targets we should be looking at (in positions we need strengthened:

    Scott Dann
    Matt Jarvis or Adam Johnson
    Neil Taylor
    Toby Alderweireld
    Mark Davies
    Steven Fletcher

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I am Sure Graham Carr Has Deals Lined up Already For us – Once the European Championship is over And Alan Pardew is Back Home The deals Will Be done a Bit Shaprish for Pre Season…

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Can we just take a moment to think of the Plight of retired footballers.

    Once truce stepped away from the game they’re at a loss as to what to do next. Many turn to gambling, alcohol and crime.

    Judging by these comments bobby moncur is obviously on crack.

    Cmon Bonny you can pull through this.

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  • Paps

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Beatie. Agreed

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Bobby Moncrack

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    ok… i apologise to the legend that is Moncur….i have no right to have my own opinion….especially as it differs to that of wor Bobby.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Bob moncur’s crack addiction seems to have killed the blog 🙁

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #16

    @2 beattie i knew cisse was coming. I just didn’t wanna tell you

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    How come none of you guys are at work?

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #18

    I am Ochytoon. I’m just a sneak.

    What about you??

    xxxxx

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I am a sneak too. Although when i first read that i thought it said snake

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    That would be a good job.

    Guys Ive just seen Bobby Moncur in the metro centre selling his body for a hit. How the mighty have fallen.

    He was cheap though and very flexible.

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  • jukitsu

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    @ochytoon

    I just have nothing important to do at work.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    I have just finished college so only go in for exams

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  • Derek Llambias

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Me and mike have just taped a squad photo to the wall, about to be blindfolded and handed a dart to chuck at it, whoever it lands on we sell – neat idea huh!?

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie and Jukitsu
    What do you guys do? I’m gonna say that Beattie works for the administration side of a whore house and Jukitsu is a ninja. Is that about right?

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    You young uns with your college and your exams. You don’t know your born.

    Welcome to the real world. It sucks big time. Stay on college your entire life. Bang about, party hard and wear protection. Dot miss out on lifes opportunities because before you know it your sat at a table talking bollocks on a blog about nothing impaticualr wishing you had the courage to tell the new girl how hot she is and wondering if she would follow you to the lift for a kiss and a cuddle. Knowing all the while you’ll let this moment pass you by like always and store up the images of her for later so you can throw one off and cry the whole way through.

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  • Alain Pardeau

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Debuchy RB
    Clyn RB
    Samba CB
    Greizmann LW
    De Jong CF

    Think big Win big

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  • Derek Llambias

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #27

    There is an idea of a Derek Llambias, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping you and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Beattie
    Damn. That was ummm deep…

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #29

    @ beattie

    This aint Bloggers Anonymous ha

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  • jukitsu

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #30

    @ochytoon

    I’m a systems specialist.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Beattie
    Kiss and a cuddle? Might go for something more manly like a ‘punch and a rape’.

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #32

    I am also at work, watching those who didn’t syick in at school, work.

    Seriously though, I am sipping Mojito watching the mid day sun strike upon the stunning mountains all around. While people in overalls work.
    Its good to be the king.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Jukitsu
    So they systems are nunchuks and you specialize in them?

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Lynxie
    So you’re a manager eh? Any fun?

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Nope, thats why Im on here LOL. No craic at all in this industry lark.

    Craig Bellamy? No? Nothing?

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  • nufc786

    Jun 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Beattie25 #25
    you have memories i presume….

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  • jukitsu

    Jun 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #37

    @ochytoon

    Well, that would be a childhood dream if I had nunchucks and few throwing stars at my hands.

    Unfortunately the reality is far from that.

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  • hotdog

    Jun 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #38

    I aint been outside yet but is it sunny as the heat seems to be getting to some people on here 🙂

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  • Lynxie

    Jun 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    i have just the bloke for the ‘soon to be vacant’ Right back position. James Perch. Jobs a good un.

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