It’s little short of amazing, how the five French players brought in last month have helped to fortify the Newcastle squad, and of course three of those players – Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran are not only starters for the club since they arrived, but they have been three of Newcastle’s best players in the last two games – both vital league wins against Aston Villa and Chelsea.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel - could be striker target this summer
Newcastle will need to sort out the Fabricio Coloccini situation – or at least try to in the summer, and if Colo does leave for personal reasons then Newcastle will need to bring in another top center-back.
And there was news that Newcastle are after Mamadou Sakho, and according to our records we were first interested in this player way back in January of 2009, four years ago, when Joe Kinnear was the Newcastle manager, and we ended up getting relegated four months later.
So let’s assume Newcastle and Coloccini can find some way to allow the Argentine to leave the club for Argentina, and we’d need to bring in a fourth center-back – and that would be four center-backs with Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson already at the club – - and certainly Mamadou would be an excellent signing.
Newcastle also need to bring in one midfielder and another striker, so we have four experienced strikers – and the news now is that the club may be interested in going after Andy Carroll, but for that to happen, Liverpool would have to be prepared to left Andy leave for £10M, or less than that.
And apart from Andy there are a number of strikers we were linked with last month – and in that final week it looked like Newcastle would bring in an other striker – but the reports were simply not true (that was a pity).
But either of these top three strikers in our poll below, would be good signings for Newcastle – with our preference being for Dutch International striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel of Sporting Lisbon.
As far as midfielder is concerned, we were linked with Ajax captain Siem de Jong last month – the older brother of our striker target last summer – Luuk de Jong – and it may be that Newcastle have some deal half-worked out with Ajax, to sign the player in the summer, and Siem is an excellent player and would certainly be a great addition to the Newcastle squad.
We seem to be strong in defense again with Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara having fortified the defense, and with Steven Taylor (let’s hope we can keep him fit) and Davide Santon in top form – Davide is getting better and better this season – we should be okay as far as our current defense goes – as long as Colo is replaced if he leaves in the summer.
A striker, a center-back and a midfielder is what we seem to need this summer – and if we can keep all our top players on Tyneside over the summer months – and that’s an if – the squad will be the strongest it’s been for a many a season – and surely we can challenge again for the top six in the Premier League – and even perhaps the top four?
What do you think?
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