A report in the Journal today says that the acquisition of Moussa Sissko, Newcastle’s fifth signing in this transfer window, is Newcastle’s final signing in January, and Newcastle sources have dismissed reports that Newcastle are looking at Vitesse’s Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony as simply “rubbish”.
That’s a pity.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – job done in January?
Newcastle have been pushed back in their efforts to sign Bastia striker Florian Thauvin after having an initial bid of £2.6M rejected – and Newcastle have been told they will have to cough up £6M for the 19 year-old, so they will probably keep their powder dry until the summer – although Arsenal are still interested in the player.
However, strange things happen at the end of transfer windows, so Newcastle may still be able to bring in another player or even two – if they suddenly become available – but five top Frenchmen have certainly significantly strengthened the Newcastle squad for the drive to safety through the end of the season – starting with a massive game at Aston Villa tomorrow night.
The transfer door slams shut on Thursday’s night at 11:00 pm, and another piece of good news is that Newcastle should have Hatem Ben Arfa back soon – maybe in a couple of weeks.
Alan Pardew must now show he is the man not only lead Newcastle out of the mess we’re in – but be good enough to stay as the long term manager at Newcastle.
This is what Pardew told the local press today:
“We’re in the middle of a season,” “We have to lean on the experiences we have gained this season. The atmosphere on Saturday last week against Reading, we came off at half-time and should have been three goals up. It was a very complimentary stadium.”
“Within 20 minutes of the second half that turned completely on its head. That is what happens when you’ve had bad results. We didn’t manage to play in that scenario. We’ve got to lean on that experience.”
We could see Steven Taylor return to the side tomorrow in place of Mike Williamson at Villa Park, and we assume Coloccini will be in the right state of mind to play in that game, after a few weeks of wrangling with Newcastle to try to get out of his contract and return home to Argentina.
We’ve never won away from home this season, so a win at the completely out-of-form Aston Villa tomorrow night would be a welcome result, and a big relief for Newcastle fans – although we still have lots of points to pick up if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
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