It tells you just how short Newcastle are for defensive cover these days when they recalled Paul Dummett, the 21 year-old Newcastle-born defender, from his successful loan spell at St. Mirren.
Paul Dummett – will stay on Tyneside through January
St. Mirren are anxious to get the lad back, and their attempts earlier this week to get him back on loan failed, and it looks like the Welsh U21 international will stay at Newcastle until at least the end of the month – and he could even add to the debut appearance he made last Saturday.
Paul has benefited greatly from playing 19 games at St. Mirren and with Alan Pardew being so short of back four players, the left footed defender will be kept on Tyneside for the moment, and he has also been impressive since he returned home from Scotland, both in his play and in his attitude.
Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini is still carrying a knock, and we assume he will be fit enough for the Norwich game, otherwise we have no idea who will come in with James Perch and Danny Simpson also injured, and Steven Taylor still not fully fit from his hamstring problem.
Newcastle are said to be looking at center-backs in France and Holland, so there are a number there we could be interested in, and they include Montpelier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is thought to be joining his former team-mate Olivier Giroud at Arsenal.
The Brazilian 6’4″ defender Douglas is available and has just six months left on his contract at FC Twente, and there are a number of Ajax defenders we have been linked with in the past.
Newcastle have also been reported to be interested in 21 year-old French U21 center-back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin of Valenciennes, and the lad has played 5 times for the France U20 side and 3 times for the U21 side and only turned 21 in November.
We just have to hope Newcastle can bring in a center-back as well as a striker this month, and the sooner the better, before we did ourselves into an even deeper hole.
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