For the first time in a long time, Newcastle now have four experienced center-backs at the club in Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and new boy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – but the same cannot be said of our strikers – and we still have only three experienced strikers in the squad.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – top center-back signed this month
Demba Ba left on January 4th, but Newcastle signed the impressive Yoan Gouffran last week, and if we go by his performance at Villa Park on Tuesday night, he will combine much better with Papiss Cisse than Demba Ba did, although it’s unlikely Yoan will be as prolific as the Senegal striker was in scoring goals.
It was also apparent that Newcastle were much more fluent on Tuesday night than they have been of late – at least in the first half – and gone were the high long balls into the box, and Newcastle were passing the ball on the ground well, and quite honestly we looked a class side in the first 45 minutes with new boy Moussa Sissoko simply outstanding and dominant in central midfield.
We were almost convinced last Monday that Newcastle were going after another top striker this month – with Newcastle being linked with Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Wilfried Bony of Vitesse, St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and even Pavel Pogrebnyak of Reading – but that turned out to be false reporting – which is common in any transfer window.
None of those strikers will arrive today – and so we are still short of an experienced striker – since most top clubs in the Premier League have four experienced strikers as well as four top center-backs.
It could well be that Newcastle will pursue one of the first three this summer, and may even have laid the groundwork to getting one of them through the door this summer, when we could also see the impressive Ajax captain Siem de Jong join Newcastle this summer.
We hope we can get two or three more top players through the door this summer, and if we can keep the best players we already have we’ll have one of our strongest squads for many years come August.