Magpies Will Not Sign Experienced Center-Back This Summer


Former Newcastle great Bobby Moncur suggested a week or so ago that Newcastle didn’t really need another top center-back at Newcastle, because we already had Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson, and James Perch – the great Perchinho – could do a decent job there too, as he showed this year.

Curtis Good – only center-back arriving this summer?

But it seems that Newcastle’s major interest at center-back in the transfer market this summer is  19-year-old Australian defender Curtis Good of the Melbourne Heart, who had a 10 day trial at Newcastle last April and looked impressive.

One of the really cool things about the way Newcastle do their transfer business these days is that they are very thorough, and build up hefty dossiers on each target, and this helps in a number of ways.

It ensures that Newcastle are getting the right player, as they go into the player’s character and personalty, and make sure they are not bringing in any trouble-makers to the squad, and they also do extensive scouting – via Graham Carr and his merry men – throughout the season.

The dossier also impresses both the players and the agents of the players, and Newcastle can have meaningful discussions with the player and his agent, about how they see him fitting into the team on Tyneside.

That’s one of the things that Yohan Cabaye was really impressed with, when Alan Pardew explained to the Frenchman how they would see him playing in a 4-4-2 formation at Newcastle, after Yohan had always played 4-3-3 at Lille.

We reported within the last week that the Melbourne media is suggesting that 19 year-old Australian center-back Curtis good is close to signing on at Newcastle, once a fee can be agreed between the two clubs, and it could be that he will be the only center-back brought into the club this summer.

Newcastle will be hoping that Steven Taylor comes back next week to pre-season as good as ever, and certainly Steven, to his credit, has been putting in some extensive rehabilitation work with Newcastle’s physios, to get himself super-fit again following his Achilles injury.

We just have to hope Steven’s nightmare injury problems of the last 30 months are now behind him.

And with Curtis Good coming in,  that could be it as far as new center-backs this summer, and of course if that’s the Newcastle plan this summer, we have to expect the 6’2″ Good has the makings of a very good player.

It seems that Newcastle have ended their interest in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld of Ajax, and in Douglas of FC Twente as well as Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, mostly because they are just too expensive in today’s market.

As always Newcastle are looking for good deals, and they have proved time and again over the last couple of  years, that  they they will not panic in the transfer market, and pay over the odds for any player.

So with the news this morning that Newcastle’s  three major targets seem to be Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk de Jong and Vurnon Anita – Curtis Good could make up the four players who will be arriving this summer.

And as far as bringing in Curtis Good and assuming Steven Taylor is as fit as ever for the start of next season, do you think that’s enough cover at center-back?

Do Newcastle Still Need To Sign An Experienced Center-Back This Summer?

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34 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    God i pray a bid for williamson comes in

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    WHAAAAAAAAAT???!!

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    experience says taylor wont / cant stay fit all season. we definitely need another cb as the norwich game showed

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  • Batfastard

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Well if we don’t sign a cb it’s suicide s. Taylor is injury prone Willo is a time bomb so we only have colo in four different competitions

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    indian. lol

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Williamson put in some good performances last season. Not a world heater but who else is better than him and willing to sit on the bench. Still need another cb though.

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  • outsidethebox

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    agree with rich-toonfan..centre back has to be no 1 priority..
    ma will have given about 15 mil to transfer team plus any incoming fees …BUT…wage bill must stay within say 5% …
    so its a case of trying to get rid of players as well as buying …i expect curtis good when window opens then hope best simpson forster xisco etc move to free up spaces…only guthrie and lovenkrands have made room so far…

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    *beater

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I do believe this is The Journal’s opinion, there appears to be no foundation to the story other than a lack of rumours towards a centre half, based on how we went about signing Cabaye and Cisse I believe that we will be signing a centre half, the Journal are as bout as believeable as the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail.

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  • toonydoonunder

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    As per last post Curtis Good is one for the future not for the now he doesnt even have a full season under his belt down here in Melbourne.We need an experienced CB who if not from premier league at least an international .HWTL

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    spoof agreed

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  • Dimitri

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Remember what Pards confidently said “we’re definitely not signing a striker.” Then pop comes Cisse in the bag!

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    toondownunder
    wouldnt expect him anywhere near first team but by all accounts hes a youngster with good potential. we had him on trial sometime ago and sent him back to oz but continued to track him so he must have shown something.
    repost

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Dimitri, Just a POP, man it was a Bang, a Big bang

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  • Swede

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    As Simpson is leaving, SAylor is Crooked by experience, Williamson can be better – we reallt cant put the whole season at the chance again in the hands of Perch. Thats not the way to go. Yes take in Good but we need 2 new CB tooo so that Williamson does not have to feature as the experienced cb. Perch should not be in the team at all in the back he is more a Defensive Midfielder type. We have Lubomir Satka, a 16 year old slovakian CB in the team to this summer. I would even play him before Perch, as I feel we need bodies behind him. HWTL

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    No Centre back signing will be a disaster. You mean we are going to depend on perch again in that role? No thanks.

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  • Dimitri

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Pard is a liar! They’re all liars!… ..in a good way..

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    The sooner we get rid of Williamosn the better. We need two centre halves to compliment Coloccini and Saylor.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    We never seem to have the complete squad. We always have to let ourselves struggle in a certain area.

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  • JARRAMAG

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    I would be shocked if we dont buy a top class cb with pace.If we bought 1 last year when we really needed one then i feel we would of made the Champions league last season.We had to rely on Williamson,who i think is a accident waiting to happen.If we go into this season without a new cb considering all the extra games we will repeat the 1 mistake of last season.

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  • spitfire_

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    @James_Tavernier
    Sad day.

    Is he leaving or what….

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Totally agree JARRAMAG. That’s what I’ve been saying all the time.

    Lets hope Pardew signs the goalscoring centre-half that he suggested.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Sky are reporting that Luuk de Jong is set to sign for Borussia Monch

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Spoof – link?!

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  • markmac

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    ive said yes, in hope that this curtis good is a decent young player, i think AP has always seen tayls n colo as his first choice pairing i think that was clear from when he pursuaded tayls to sign his new contract,

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  • markmac

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #26

    i shud add we ALL just hope he can stay fit…long term

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Well I suppose if he goes elsewhere it just reaffirms the toons policy of not overpaying for transfer targets. As has been said before, if Carr and co values somebody at X amount of £’s, yet the club value them higher, the club could and have walked away. Be interesting to see how this develops with regards fees etc as then we will know whether we were out priced or never really in for him in the first place.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #29

    We need to be careful, of late we have bought players rather cheaply and seen their values triple if not quadruple, the selling clubs seem to be aware of this and as such are demanding a larger fee, if we aren’t prepared to loosen just a tad we could lose out, the price of success eh

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  • toonydoonunder

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #30

    Naptoon hopefully he can go down the same route as Kewell, cahill etc and make the step up to the premier league .Hes got time on his side so here’s to the future it looks bright.

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  • bassongs_of_praise

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #31

    As with every article on here, complete and utter hearsay…

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #32

    With all due respect bassongs, at this time of year that is what you get, there are a lot of days in the close season, we can’t be buying a player everyday, so if we don’t talk about the speculation there is nothing to talk about

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  • bassongs_of_praise

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I dont mind speculation Spoof but I just find it annoying reading headlines of “Newcastle Will Not Sign Experienced Center-Back This Summer” when clearly nobody from the club has said anything of the sort.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #34

    I understand your point of view bassongs, but what else can be written, afterall the club rarely give interviews and when they do its alwats a no comment when it comes to transfers

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