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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