The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!



French International Top Of The Transfer List For January

9:22 am, Monday, December 10th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

From what Alan Pardew has been saying over these last couple of weeks, it seems that Newcastle have honed in on the players they will try to sign in January,  and would you believe it, the player who seems to be near the the top of the list seems to be French international right back Mathieu Debuchy, whom Newcastle were very close to signing in the summer.

Mathieu Debuchy - will he finally arrive in January?

And we think that when Newcastle look over what happened in the summer, when we brought in only one senior player – Vurnon Anita – they will conclude that in some cases to get a player, they may have to pay a little bit more than they think the player is worth.

They wouldn’t do that in the summer for Mathieu Debuchy and a few other targets,  and we ended up with only Vurnon coming through the door, and we think (we hope) they will have learned from that.

And with Newcastle in 14th place in the league table we have to hope that the Newcastle Board will bring in at least three new players in January, and possibly even more if Demba Ba leaves us via the release clause in his contract, and Shola Ameobi goes off to South Africa with Cheick Tiote – to play in the African Cup of Nations.

The plight of Newcastle can be summed up by having only 4 wins and 14 points in our first 15 games in the league, whereas last season after 15 games we had 7 wins and 27 points, although we were going through a poor spell a year ago at this time, getting only two points from our previous five games.

While Debuchy will most likely arrive in January, Newcastle have also been watching Blackpool’s Thomas Ince, but the price that’s being quoted for Paul Ince’s son of around £8M, would be too much for the Magpies, and some other big clubs – like Liverpool – are also keen on the young winger.

And with Steven Taylor out injured again,  we need another top center-back to come through the door, and while Douglas would be a cheap buy with only seven months left on his contract at FC Twente, Newcastle may bring in somebody younger than the 24 year-old Brazilian.

Who do you think Newcastle should sign in January?

Let us know.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:


You can also reach Ed at admin@nufcblog.com

=============================================



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Newcastle News · Shola Ameobi · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



<


29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spitfire_ // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    FFS not again… and this will be for 2 months… jeez.

  • 2 jimmysmith // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    What’s with blabbermouth Pards recently. Gonna, shoulda, woulda, blah, blah, blah.

    Pull yourself together Man!

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Ibiza

    I think Benny has done very well to still make an impact despite being stuck on the wing all season. Benny should have played a lot more last season. He had to wait an eternity to get a game and that was only when raylor got injured.

    Now tonight wouldn’t it be great if pardew didn’t play for a draw and put a team out to capitalise on Fulham’s bad form.

    Krul

    Santon (RB) Colo Perch Jonas / Fergie

    Tiote Anita

    Obertan Benny Marveaux

    Cisse

    We have very little pace in midfield so those 3 in midfield would get us on the front foot.

    More than likely will be 442 with Ba and Cisse and Guti LM again, but even pardew must have a tipping point to try something different. A bit more of what we did against Wigan and I’d be more than happy.

    No more excuses about inuries please. Other teams have had it worse than us. I think we’re nearing the end of the road with Simmo and Ba now. But talk of Debuchy is just boring.

  • 4 Graeme // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I’m thinking the Debuchy situation will be used as a smokescreen this window, the guy is now over 27 and will start to decline, plus he’s outside the usual requirements for us.

    A younger talent is a much more likely prospect given the way we operate these days – or nothing at all, yet again!!

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    De………buchy!
    Debuchy!
    That boy is hard to get.
    Debuchy!
    Debuchy and so on you get the idea with that.

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Rotonda…I agree and disagree.

    Benny has played out on the wing at his previous club to, so he obviously is a credited winger as well ACM.

    Yes he’s done a good job at being effective from the wing, but many players are, that is what they’re supposed to do.

    I can also understand him being in that position, who would we rather have at RW?

    In theory, I love the idea of Benny behind the striker (s), but haven’t seen much to know for sure it’s his best position, although I imagine it will be.

    As for having to wait, none of us know whether if he had been introduced earlier would he have been ready. I can’t imagine Pardew not wanting him in, but maybe it was just a case of the team doing well, so why change it? Not sure, but we can’t say that when he was introduced he wasn’t ready.

    Like the line up, would be great to see. Is Ba out tonight?

  • 7 Marty-Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Repost
    17Marty-Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Would love to see Ben Arfa behind the striker,it means he can go left or right and has the pace to beat any CB.
    Although he’s a great winger I think he’d be better used in the middle.
    All teams are doubling up on him on the wing and i think with him being on the wing that he’s too far away from the goal.
    With Anita and Tiote in the CM
    We could have Marveau on the left and Obertan on the right with Benny in the middle behing BA

  • 8 TorqToon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Never wants to hear the words “Debuchy” and “Smokescreen” again – until I read the headline…

    “Newcastle sign Debuchy whilst Ba release clause was just a smokescreen!”

  • 9 aarronkimber // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    i want to see these following players come in

    sissoko – 3-4 million
    diame – 3 million
    debuchy – 6-7million ( wishful thinking, dont think he will leave lille half way through season)
    douglas – 3-4 million
    + maybe a winger/striker ( depending on whether ba leaves

    thats only 18 million and would improve the squad massivly and you could even get rid of simpson for 2m so therefore 16m to spend is nothing to make such an improvement to the sqaud.

  • 10 TorqToon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Aaron – agreed we should go for Diame. I believe even sign him whilst on the injured list. We have one of the best medical teams in the country so could get him fit. At 3-3.5mil it’s a bargain!

  • 11 Marty-Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Ibiza
    Just remember the great goal against Bolton
    He maybe was playing the wing that day but picked the loose ball up in the middle of the field in our half and when he came at them with pace they didn’t know which side he’d go on.
    His first goal for the club was in the middle against Everton

  • 12 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Problem with HBA is we don’t have enough players of the required passing skills to work with him – yet. I am hoping our midfield shapes up a bit and marveaux can link with him. Obertan funny enough is the only player who really has linked well witj him but pairing them in mid has been rare. I also think its a help to the team that HBA draws several players.

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Torq….Do we have one of the best medical teams in the country? Seem to have a lot of injuries, but that might just be unlucky….or were you being ironic?

    Still, Diame has more than proved his worth and we’re not put off by injured players, in fact we seek them almost exclusively.

  • 14 Marty-Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    TorqToon
    One of the best medical teams,how do you know that?
    They’ve definitely been used more that any other medical staff in the country in the last few years

  • 15 blew // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Debuchy recently made a statement to the effect he would not be leaving his club until summer 2013.
    This after pleading to join the Toon for months, perhaps the our league position has him thinking. I hope its all paper talk.

  • 16 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Marty…..Very true. As I said, I imagine he’d make the position his without doubt, but to criticise Pardew for playing him as a RW seems a little excessive to me, he is an extremely decent winger too.

    Tsunki…..The fact he draws in other players is great, we just need other members of our team to exploit the space when it happens.

  • 17 TorqToon // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Ibiza – alas no mate! I was being dead serious. I’ve done a bit of work with the club in the past and been lucky enough to work with clubs throughout the uk and Europe, and the set up, development and work that goes into our injured players rehab is one of the best. We may have been hampered by injuries this season (although improving now) we only release players when they are fully fit and pass stringent testing.

    For example, getting HBA back to full fitness and arguably better than he was pre injury!

    I worked at west ham for a year and can tell you, we are in MUCH better shape than them. Appalling treatment of injured players at that club.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I’m going to try to keep an open mind about this transfer window from now on,but trying hard not to lose patience with Parts when he’s coming out with statements like,I persuaded Mike to sign HBA after watching tapes,why didn’t he just ring Dennis Wise or that Jiminez fella,and although Parts signed HBA technically I think the credit for that one should really go to Hoots .

  • 19 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Torq….Good to hear mate. I suppose they’re only responsible once they are given the injured player.

  • 20 proudtobageordie // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    gents,
    team for tonight should be as follows

    krul
    santon colo perchy jonas
    tiote anita
    cisse benny marvalous
    ba

    You can not leave ba out the team
    as for incomings in Jan
    debuechy
    douglas
    sissoko
    remy

    we would prob get these for 17-20 mill
    what do u think gents

  • 21 TorqToon // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    That’s very true mate. Trust me, people will pick apart Mike Ashley but since he took over, more money has gone into this club than perhaps we really know.

    However I’m really hoping we find some funds and bring in new players in January. Our squad is paper thin and some of our up and comings are t quite ready yet. Would like to see Adam Campbell given more time and I hope to see that soon!

  • 22 AmericanMagpie // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Isn’t Douglas Dutch now?

  • 23 proudtobageordie // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    turq
    ashley never gets the credit he is due. with the increase of sky money for next season going up by 72% he really needs to open the cheque book in jan. 20 mill is only about 17% of tv money for next season and the first rule of business is invest to generate more proffit. even ashley will realise that. A win tonight and we are in a decent position. 6 points of 4th.

  • 24 proudtobageordie // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    sorry TORK

    pressed wrong key lol

  • 25 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Torq.. Well, he didn’t make things easy for himself, but he has seemingly made some positive changes and hopefully over time it will prove worthwhile and all fans can move on.

    I’d love to see Campbell get some game, not sure how ready he is for the PL, but some cameo appearances would go down well.

  • 26 TorqToon // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Ibiza I agree mate! And maybe people at liverfool were unsure of Raheem Sterling before we even knew of him, but sometimes it’s worth tha gamble.

    Proud – speculate to accumulate mate! Surely even mike Ashley has heard that saying before! Big mistakes were made in the summer. Yes Anita is and will prove even moreso, to be a fantastic buy, but it wasn’t enough for what we need.

  • 27 proudtobageordie // Dec 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Torq
    Defence is a priority as williamson is an embarassment. look at stoke last week. Both goals his fault again. How many points has he cost us so far this season. As for Saylor he has got his annual christmas of again. to injury prone
    Ibiza
    Cambell one for future he sounds very promising

  • 28 lesh // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    And so sayeth Ed “……….they will conclude that in some cases to get a player, they may have to pay a little bit more than they think the player is worth.”

    That though is wishful thinking after all, it was something that was patently obvious to most but it;s the old saying that applies to Llambias….. there are none so blind as those that will not see.

    Let’s just hope Llambs has learned a lesson from last summer’s debacle and geet the signings in early, all incomers done and dusted by January 2nd or 3rd – regardless of possible outgoings! Will he geddit…… pfwsh!t

  • 29 toonluvva // Dec 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I’m sorry but speculation about whose coming or going out in January is just frivolous. What every Toon fan wants is that on 1st February their team is stronger than on 31st December. No more, no less.




previous post: Ben Arfa Back – A Great Player With Massive Talent

next post: Newcastle A Great Move For Dutch International