When we saw Danny Simpson left out of the side yesterday, with Vurnon Anita in at right back, we thought Danny was injured until we saw him on TV heading for the tunnel, all dressed up as a substitute.
Douglas – a target in January
We don’t know if we should read anything special into Simpson’s omission, but Danny’s contract runs out next summer, and Newcastle have already said they will not talk to him again until after the January transfer window, if he is still at Newcastle at that time.
Other clubs can talk to the right-back in January, and we suppose Danny is interested in what his value is to other clubs, and whether they will give him a wage packet better than the £30K/week he’s reported to have been offered to stay on Tyneside.
Anita had some trouble with 17 year-old Raheem Sterling early in the game yesterday, until Perch was injured and Danny came in at right back, and played well in the back and white stripes.
We hope Danny stays at Newcastle, but the scenario looks like he could move in January or next summer for more money at another club.
Newcastle are short of defensive cover, that’s been obvious for a long time now, and after yesterday’s game we are down to only two recognized center-backs – Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson – who are available to play in the Premier League games.
It’s good that both are playing very well at the moment, and Steven was Man of the Match yesterday, and we thought it was tough on Mike Williamson to lose his place yesterday.
But we need a fourth experienced center-back, and there has to be a chance that Newcastle will bring one in over the January transfer window (please!).
And there seems to be new interest in finally bringing French International Mathieu Debuchy to Tyneside, with Lille said to be more willing to negotiate with Newcastle on a lower fee for the French International.
And it also seems that Newcastle are in the driver’s seat on getting Toulouse box to box midfielder Moussa Sissoko to Newcastle, and certainly the 23 year-old is very keen on the move, and would probably swim the English Channel to arrive on Tyneside. 😀
We have to hope that Newcastle can bring in two new defenders in the January transfer window, and possibly also Sissoko.
But with both Sissoko and Douglas, their contracts run out in the summer, and Newcastle may decide to move for the players at that time.
But with so little cover in central defense, we hope the Magpies make their move for Douglas in January – or for another one of the seven center-backs said to be on Newcastle’s list.
What do you think?
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