One thing that seems to have been on the minds of the Newcastle hierarchy – read that as Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Secretary Lee Charley – was the possibility that Demba Ba could leave the club for a measly £7M release clause in his contract, because if that happened Newcastle would have to bring in another top striker, over and above what they had already planned for this summer.
Demba Ba - still at Newcastle – could help Debuchy move
But with Ba still being at Newcastle, that has come as a huge relief to Newcastle, and it seems we have two of the best strikers in the Premier League next season, in Ba and his Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse.
The news in the local papers today is that with Ba staying, Newcastle’s highest priority remains the right-back position,, and the other reason for that is that Danny Simpson is still refusing to sign his new deal, and Newcastle will want to sell him this summer, instead of allowing him to become a free agent, as they did with Danny Guthrie this summer.
They should get at least £2M for Danny, although we’d be sorry to see him go and hope he signs a new deal to stay on Tyneside – but that isn’t looking very likely.
So it looks like Newcastle are now in a better position to bid higher for Debuchy, and that could well happen in the near future, and we expect Newcastle to give it at least one more go for the French International.
After the right-back position we would assume Newcastle need to bring in another center-back, although it’s very likely Curtis Good will get a run-out at Den Haag tomorrow afternoon in Holland, and this lad looked cool and collected for the Newcastle eleven that beat Gateshead 4-1 earlier this week at the International Stadium.
If Curtis continues to look good (sorry for that one), then it could be that Newcastle will hold off on bringing a senior center-back to Newcastle this summer, although that will be a risk, given what happened last season with Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor both being injured.
But we think Newcastle have three senior players still to bring in before Monday, September 2nd, when the transfer window ends this year, because the 31st August falls on a Saturday.
We need a full-back, a center-back and a striker – and we should then be in good shape for the new season – assuming we don’t lose any senior players – other than perhaps Danny Simpson.
What do you think?