Poor Results Could See Newcastle Spend Big In January

What seems to be becoming apparent this season is that our squad is just not big enough to handle European competition, and with suspensions to Colo and Tiote, and long term injuries to Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Dan Gosling the squad is neither big enough nor good enough to participate successfully in both the Premier League and the Europa League.

Moussa Sissoko – could be arriving in January

We could still be wrong on that, but Newcastle seem to be doing a Stoke City, who did well to qualify for the Europa league last season, but their season suffered and the finished a disappointing 14th with just 43 points.

But with Newcastle struggling and it becoming more apparent by the day, the squad is under-equipped to handle to rigors of European football, and we could see the Newcastle hierarchy go into the transfer market this January after only bringing in Vurnon Anita as an obvious first teamer last summer, although Gael Bigirimana has come on very well so far this season.

Newcastle have already been linked with three players for the January window, and two of them were big targets for the club last summer.

They are Douglas of FC Twente and Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, and it could be that both are available at lower prices in January than they were in the summer.

That’s certainly true of Douglas because his contract runs out in June, and he could probably be brought in for £2M after Twente were asking £4M in the summer, and Newcastle bid around £6M for Debuchy last summer, and they could probably get him now for that amount or even less.

And we’ve been linked recently with Moussa Sissoko of Toulouse and the 23 year-old French International has a contract that runs out next summer, so we could probably get him for a couple of million – if that – in January.

It would be good to fortify the squad in the next transfer window, and it will show that Newcastle mean business, and really do want to be a top six side in the coming years.

Only time will tell of course, and we’ll know at the beginning of February just how we have fared in the transfer market.

But we have to hope we can get these players to the club – here’s hoping.

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26 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1


    really man come on,, should we think of where we came from and think ourselfs lucky??

    no one claims to be pundits, or managers , we are just fans of a great football club, that is underperforming right now,

    and as fans we do have the right to point fingers and ask questions

    here is a fact for you,

    Chris H had a much harder job to do than pardew and with a more limited team,
    CH was placed in charge of a team that had just gone down and lost many of its star players,
    CH picked up the pieces and blitzed the league, he steadied the ship, had players like barton playing for him,
    the championship is a tough league,, that guy earned his respect from every one of us,

    now AP, he took over from CH and did not have to do anything, the team was in an ok position in the league, there was very little unrest in the camp, but some big personalities in there,
    the first thing that is done AC is sold, no real replacement, then the summer, whole sale changes to the squad, and in my opinion, we got better players,

    now if you can remember last season , we played shit football, and finished 5th, for me we had a lot of luck, and that is great, every team needs it, but other than luck there was no real tactics, smash it long, bla bla bla

    this season we have not had as much luck and the football is even worse, come on man,, we look like strangers out there,,

    every freekick and corner lets aim for williamson, hmmm is that working???

    most games lets not play with a left side, give the ball to HBA , he is magic, not working

    hmmm i know long ball to BA,

    i hate MASHLY, but is it his fault we are playing crap??? no,

    did we really need to but another player to get us playing football, mmmm NO

    new players would have been great, but we have good players at the club,, what we need is for pardew to grow some balls and drop the under performing players,

    coach them on a system (1 system) to starrt with, instead of the 5 or 6 that he is playing with right now,

    playing defensive, and we concede to many goals lmfao

    ps IBIZA its cathy here lmao

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    if pardew is religously a long ball 442 merchant then the most technically gifted players in the world aren’t going to alter his philosophy. The same would apply to Pulis and Allardyce. They only know one way.

    pardew has seen what works and is clearly not happy with it. Therefore how would we ever get to another level with that mentality?

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda heights
    agree with you fully

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Got to agree with Catchy in Norway for this one, it is frustrating when you know we have not improved on last year’s results.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5


    Rotonda….It doesn’t? Are these teams that are used to balancing European football, much like I said the problem was…lack of experience?

    Who else is in Europe this season?

    Liverpool – New manager, no EL experience, not doing great on either level (also, they do have a thin squad).

    Spurs – Not really doing as well as before, are they? Have EL and CL experience, both the team and manager.

    If you want to then throw in the CL teams, all have experience and only really Man U doing “well” in both competitions, the others are doing well domestically, but average in Europe.

    I wasn’t claiming fatigue, more time to implement ideas in two competitions. It’s not impossible, but will take time to pick up.

    If at the end of this season we can find a way in to Europe again I will see it as a success. So many new factors for a lot of the club (remember, there is very little connecting the current regime with the one we loved and adored back in the 90?s, using that reasoning, Liverpool should be winning loads – I mean, they did it in the past, didn’t they?

    I’m not saying let’s not criticise anything, but let’s not just start the “let’s grab the pitchfork” mentality that is slowly creeping back in, it’s completely unproductive (as is blind positivity – I do see that, honest).

    Cathy…..Howay, this time of the month thing needs to end…you’re bringing everyone down (Half a joke) 😉

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    A couple of new additions would be welcomed. Clearly the Europa league is affecting us as our niggling injuries have increased. Also the suspensions havent helped.

    To be honest though, our biggest problem is that we are so massively defensive. If we were counter attacking at speed then fair enough, but when we win the ball we are so deep, and so static, that the strikers are basically on their own. Every time we pinch the ball, Cisse is off, makes his run, but the player on the ball hasnt even looked up. Cisse gets frustrated, as does Demba.

    Last season when we played 4-3-3, we had options. Cabaye was higher up the pitch and he is the only one who can play the early pass to our front men. How many times was Cisse put clean through? He is still making the same runs. Watch him closely, he couldnt do too much more but we just arent playing to his (or our) strengths.

    The 4-3-3 quickly becomes 4-5-1 when you lose the ball and we looked brilliant on the attack. Away from home we were lethal on the break. Now we have a MASSIVE gap between midfield and the attackers.

    I just pray that with Cheick back, he is given the ONLY defensive role in midfield. We could play a 4-1-3-2 with Cheick sitting, and HBA, Cabaye and Fergie/Sammy in advanced roles when we have the ball.

    Ba and Cisse could then sit front and centre where they are so, so dangerous.

    Thay cant become poor players overnight. They just need an approach that suits us.

    If Ashley wanted to build on last season, then he should bid for Walcott. Play him in an advanced role. The fee is possible due to his contract, but we would have to pay bigger wages than normal. It would be worth it though as we lack real pace. He would give us the only thing we don’t have in our squad.

    Hopefully we can start putting passes together and play from back to front, not so many long balls. Can’t believe how much we played to West Ham’s strengths yesterday.

    Come on Pards, don’t lose the identity we had last season. Fast, free flowing passing football.

    We have the players to play that way so let’s get back to that!

  • Belly

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    I totally agree Ed. We need new faces but I really cannot see the club paying a couple of mill or so for any player knowing that they will be free in 6 months. I think they’d rather run the risk of getting them on a free in the summer.
    We need 3 players ready to go into the first team for sure. CB, RB or a LB so Santon can switch to the right, and an all round CM.

  • wynsleap

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    With all due respect Ed I think you are becoming obsessed with Debuchy and Douglas. Give it a rest man – if it happens it happens.
    There has to be other players out there other than those two.
    I am tired of saying it but what we really need is some creativity in the middle of the park or the acquisition of more defensive players means zilch.
    Apart from Benny, (and don’t say Cabaye please), who else is there to produce the unexpected, the defence splitting pass or that piece of magic? Runners and riders are only any use at Aintree and Doncaster.
    We need another Pedro but where can we get one for £50 and a pair of Sports Direct socks?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    wynsleap…Sorry, I know Cabaye has been far from the form he is capable of, but don’t write him off as unable to provide that magic pass, we have seen it before and will see it again. What we need is these moments of class on a more consistent basis.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    i dont really get the crying tbh they said at start of the season that more games in europe = possibly a worse prem possition which makes sense.

    they went after a fair few players but they never got them for whatever reasons and they kept all our players intact.

    it sounds like a lot on here would have been happier if we had not under pardews management got into europe! unless it was not him who managed us there !

    we are not a cash rich club no manu/chelsea/manc and if we do buy players the crowd get on pards back for not bringing youngsters through if he doesnt is lack of ambition and if he tries to bring top quality in and fails he’s stupid for even trying in the 1st place ! the lad can do no right i would rather “SUPPORT” nufc and what they are achieving now than all those teams who are doing a hell of a lot worse than us.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning Ibiza and fellow Mags

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    “Poor Results Could See Newcastle Spend Big In January”


    get ta f@ck, we will

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Munster…..I’m going to take me being singled out as a positive and not that I don’t count as a mag 🙂

    How’s tricks?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    croftus…it was all luck and down to the players last season, nothing to do with Pardew. For some reason though, when we do badly, it’s mainly Pardews fault. Funny that.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    A bad day yesterday. I knew we wouldnt win, but had predicted 2-2 so even more disappointing. I think Pardew needs to get things moving soon or this season could turn out to be quite mediocre, and last season will have to be considered as being very lucky and not a real picture of where we are at. Pardew seems to be saying the right things, but he’s not improving things and most of our players are worse than they were last year. I hope thats not down to his coaching.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza, we are all part of the same flock og magpies! 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Sorry, make that “of” Magpies .

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Munster…Indeed. Let’s hope it’s just negative tactics then, not negative coaching. Join NUFC and we’ll send your career backwards! Not quite the approach we should be going for 🙂

    This has been another bad Ibiza joke, thanks for tuning in.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Munster…Do Magpies fly together?

  • croftus5678

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    @14 i disagree he was the motivator and the one who picked the teams and it was not all luck as we had our fair share of bad luck and penalty decisions go against us when it was clear they were.
    he also man managed the likes of benny who had major problems and looks like he still does acording to the french and look what he’s done with ober in europe i really thought that lad was a pile of **** but now he has me thinking to bring him on in prem games.
    then theres the youth lads we all say are so good. looking back at past managers would we not have just simply bought a player in instead of bringing the young lads through like he’s done ?.
    he deserves more credit than this and all the blame he’s getting because we lose the odd 1 or 2 games.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    croftus…I was being sarcastic….I have a lot of faith in Pardew and feel he deserves great credit for last season. Preaching to the converted brother.

  • Graeme

    Nov 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I like the idea of a good flock!!

  • croftus5678

    Nov 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    >.< sorry ibiza i'm being dumb today

  • big bob

    Nov 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    we should play our first team in europe get them used to playing with each other as to find a rythymn you need to play together if we were in champions league then we would play our first team man u chelsea arsenal all play there first teams on wed then again on saturdays and seem to do ok why cant we ???????

  • jon.c

    Nov 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #25

    We are not big enough to support a team in europe at the moment so let us put europe behind and concentrate on the PL if we are in the bottom 10 in may we will have a job to keep our class players then what will happen then

  • obatoyou

    Nov 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    January is only days away dudes, les doodis


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