Newcastle will need a couple of strikers in the summer – and a center-back and maybe a winger too.
Mamadou Sakho – excellent defender at PSG
We expect Mike Williamson to leave the club to get more playing time elsewhere, and of course Fab Coloccini may also leave, although we hope he stays. Fab’s been fab in our last two games.
As far as the two strikers go we have a feeling that Newcastle will try that little bit harder to bring Andy Carroll back to the club – and one reason is he’s English and a local lad – and we need more home-grown players in the side, and we think Andy would be as good as ever if he returned home.
As for the other striker it could be that Loic Remy is off to Arsenal, which is being reported in the German press today, and he’s said he’s love to join the Gunners, and we’d be surprised if he wanted to come to Newcastle after what happened in January.
Andy Carroll – coming home?
So maybe we can still go after 23 year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubeyemang of St. Etienne, who was a Newcastle target in January, just like Remy was, but Newcastle will now face big competition for this very good striker.
But hey, if we can get Andy Carroll back and Pierre-Emerick Aubeyemang in – that would give us some striker options up front for next season – which we haven’t had this season.
As far as a center-back goes, my son Neil would like to see West Ham’s James Tomkins brought in – and he may be available and he’s English too, and maybe Newcastle this summer will try to bring in more home based players.
But another great option for center-back would be Mamadou Sakho, the PSG defender who can play at center-back or left back, and has already played 13 times for France, and could be keen to join up with Newcastle.
Mamadou cannot get his game at PSG and wants to move on to get more playing time – so he could well be a target.
We expect some wingers to leave Newcastle in the summer – Romain Amalfitano and Gabby Obertan are two of them – so maybe we can bring in the goalscoring winger Andreas Weimann, the 21 year-old Aston Villa forward.
And Dan Gosling will also probably be sold in the summer since he just hadn’t made it on Tyneside – and we should sell him before he becomes a free agent in a year’s time.
Andreas Wiemann has scored 12 goals in 37 appearances this season for Villa – and at 21 years old he looks a very good player already, having played 5 times for Austria.
So Mike Williamson out and Mamadou Sakho in and Romain Amalfitano, Dan Gosling and Gabby Obertan out and Andreas Wiemann in.
And finally Andy Carroll and Pierre-Emerick Aubeyemang in to give us more striker options up front.
Those would be four excellent players into the club this summer – if we can do it – and that may cost us around £30M – but offset by what we can get for Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano and Gabby Obertan.
And some of our players may also be leaving this summer, that we could get good money for.
What do you think?
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