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?