There are several reports in today’s Sunday papers that Newcastle are keen on 21 year-old Valenciennes 6’2″ center back Nicolas Isimat Mirin, who we initially reported on a few days ago.
Nicolas Isimat Mirin – Newcastle interested in young center-back
Apparently for financial reasons his French club are looking to sell next month, although it seems that Liverpool have stolen a march on Newcastle for this player, but after yesterday’s capitation at Arsenal in the last 20 minutes of the game, in which we conceded a staggering four goals, we definitely need some new defenders brought into the squad next month.
We knew we were short of a central defender throughout last season, after Steven Taylor injured his Achilles in early December – but for some strange reason Newcastle didn’t bring in another center-back during the summer transfer window.
That’s nothing less than bad planning and leaking 11 goals in our last two games may just alert owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek LLambias to the fact we need some new defenders brought in.
If we fail to get any new players in during January, then we have only ourselves to blame if we are enmeshed in another relegation battle through May.
This lad looks a good player and at an upper limit of £4M, his price seems reasonable, and at least he could become the fourth center-back at the club, and in front of James Perch, who is being used as an emergency center-back this season.
James does well in several different positions for Newcastle, and of course he always gives 100%, but against top teams like Arsenal he is sometimes caught out in the skills department.
We’d like to see three players brought in during the January transfer window, and with Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor back in he middle of next month – hopefully things will start to look up at Newcastle very soon.
Howay The Lads!!
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