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Fresh Blood Needed At Newcastle In January

10:21 am, Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Mick Quinn played for Newcastle from 1989 through 1992, and he made around 115 appearances for the club and scored 59 goals, which is not a bad record at all, and he has been interviewed in today’s Evening Chronicle and he hopes that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will splash the cash in January for new players.

Mick Quinn – hopes Mike Ashley will buy in January

Newcastle made a strategic error in the summer, when we brought in only one new first team player in Vurnon Anita, even though we knew we had a lot more games to play this season with the Europa League.

And we were supposed to be close to bringing in center-back Douglas of FC Twente and right back Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, and of course we also had a young striker as our top priority,  but we missed out on 21 year-old Luuk de Jong – who joined Borussia Monchengladbach.

Newcastle are nowhere near where we were last season at this time in the league, when we had 25 points from our first 12 games and were in 3rd position in the league table.

And after losing three of out last four league games at home, we are in 12 position with only 14 points, and  surely Newcastle need some reinforcements in January?

Certainly 50 year-old former striker Mick Quinn thinks so, and he had this to say today in the local press:

“I always felt that Newcastle needed to build on the squad they had. It isn’t rocket science but two or three additions were always going to be required in my eyes if Newcastle wanted to improve on last term.”

“I know they brought in some fringe players, but Vurnon Anita is the only senior signing.” “And now with the injuries tallying up, the squad is being tested.”

“I don’t know if Mike Ashley has money to inject in January, but if he wants to see United kick on, he has little choice but to buy fresh blood in my opinion.”

Newcastle are being linked with a number of players already and with two players we were interested in last summer, with Douglas and Debuchy still seeming to be on Newcastle’s radar screen.

We are also being linked with 23 year-old box to box central midfielder Moussa Sissoko of  French club Toulouse.

We’d love to see three top players join the ranks in January, and certainly with all the injuries Newcastle have this season so far, we need them.

What do you think?

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Having his tea bags replaced with Skoal bandits is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    be great to see thme join, but the tactics have to change whoever we bring in.

    http://www.utd111.com/blog/2012/11/20/the-hoofball-has-to-go-we-need-goals/?

  • 3 toon1707 // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Its madness a billionare buys the club and decides not to spend much money I understand he wants to make money but sometimes he takes it to far to the extent of almost stupidity this season should have been one to really enjoy after last year and so far its terrible can anyone actually name one game where we played well and deserved to win I am struggling to name any the only highlight has been the europa league but pardew has no interest in it (so why try to finish high up the table or win a cup) and as soon as we meet a half decent team in the knockout stages the kids will get a hiding we need at least 2 first team playes and 3 good enough to challenge the 11. We have 11 first team players and no back up to any of them its ridiculous. Rant over for now

  • 4 Graeme // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    What we need, in the way of new recruits, is obvious to all and has been for 18 months.

    The fans can see it; the coaches can see it; even Pardew can see it. The only thing that matters is the man who signs the cheque and he doesn’t seem to see anything whatsoever, past the end of his proboscis!!

    We live in hope!!

  • 5 rainrix // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    So is the long overdue ashley bashing time? Its been a while pards is getting tired of being the brunt of all negativity, it’ll be good to rip on the fatman for a bit :)

  • 6 fray bentos // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Has it not occured to people that maybe hoofball is not part of a tactic enforced by some managers but is forced onto the defenders because of poor confidence, technical ability and movement.

    Just a thought

  • 7 blew // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I respect Mr Ashley, he is self made and employs hundreds of people which has to be admired. However, he is not cut out for football, you have to reinforce the team every summer. You help finance better players by selling those who have served a purpose. Mr Ashley does not see it in those terms which is a necessity in the PL. He needs to drastically change his outlook or move on and sell the club.

  • 8 Pushy Pardew // Nov 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Graeme
    You say that even Pardew could see it. Pardew would have had his say rest assured. He’s suffering because of the transfer gamble taken by Mike Ashley.

  • 9 toon1707 // Nov 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Blew he won’t sell the club its making him a fortune we can’t help buying shirts going to all the games its in our blood and he is raking in millions I am not against that its a business but he needs to spend some and if it brings a little success then he will make more. We finished 5th there is a huge t.v deal new shirts out for league and europe I would love to know the exact amount we made ashley over the last 12 months

  • 10 stuart no9 // Nov 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    ed – it was not a strategic error we didnt buy anyone – it was simply greed on our owners part. of course they knew we needed to buy.to crack on , but i will always come back to my initial opinion, and that is – no interest in this football club whatsoever. Sports direct is his baby, that comes first then nufc. we have not got an owner who wants to win things imo, so , if the owner dosnt want it, how do we move on? we cant. simple as that.

  • 11 wynsleap // Nov 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    You can talk endlessly about it, dress it up whichever way you want to, argue about balancing books, not being held to ransom for transfers, being sensible in the market, adhering to the Financial Fair Play rules etc etc…… ad nauseum.
    The simple fact is that while we have Ashley running this club we are going nowhere. The only individual who will get any personal satisfaction will be Ashley himself as the club makes more and more profit while the fans continue to snipe at each other in their frustration due to lack of playing success. (This guy is the only person I can ever remember, in 50 odd years of supporting this club who has succeeded in turning the fans against each other).
    The future may be Orange but it sure ain’t black and white as long as we have this bloke at the helm.
    Sorry to be so doom laden but hey it’s Christmas coming soon. Chin ups lads.

  • 12 Sav // Nov 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Not only is the squad light (and being padded by inclusion of youngsters before they are ready doesn’t fool anybody) but the squad needs freshening up with new competition for places. Every nclub needs this. Too many games we’ve been slow out of the blocks. That looks more like complacency with the first 11 shirts than fatigue from European games. The youngsters don’t threaten any seniors for a starting spot, when fit.




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