We have seen some good performances from Newcastle this season, and some bad ones too, but the way the lads have played in the last couple of league games suggests that we now have a very decent squad and some good players, and maybe the best squad we’ve had since Bobby Robson was sacked in August of 2004 – maybe.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear – 3 players in January?
But rather than lay back on our laurels as we did last year after finishing 5th in the league, we now have to press on and further strengthen the squad, and if news reports are to be believed, Alan Pardew wants some British-based players brought in.
And It looks like we have a very decent chance of signing winger Tom Ince of Blackpool, and since the 21 year old’s contact will have only six months to run in January, Newcastle could get the player for a decent price.
That’s what Mike Ashley is always looking for it seems.
There is also a good chance that we can get a striker in, and it could be 28 year-old Bafe Gomis of Lyon for something under £4M since his contract runs out next summer, or 27 year-old PSV striker Ola Toivonen, who is another player available for a cut price fee in January – just £2.5M – since his contract also runs out in June.
So there are three players available at a cut price in January.
And we had a chance to sign Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason in the summer, and we could go after the 24 year-old in January, although West Ham are also interested, as Andy Carroll still hasn’t played this season.
We’ve also been linked with a loan move for 20 year-old Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United, and since 18 year-old Adnun Januzaj has burst onto the scene this year at Old Trafford, the former Crystal Palace winger is not seeing much first team action at all this season – just one appearance so far.
However, there was news recently that England U21 coach Gareth Southgate is not impressed with Wilfried’s attitude with the England U21 side, and he had a confrontation with West Ham’s 20 year-old Ravel Morrison, a former Newcastle target, during England’s 5-0 rout of Lithuania last week.
Of course Ravel is not exactly easy to manage either, but Gareth could well drop Zaha from the U21 squad, and that may count against him, because the last thing we need at Newcastle is a young player with too big an ego that could upset the team spirit.
Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley have a chance to put right what didn’t happen last summer, and bring in two or three good players to augment the squad.
And they can start to show for a change they have some ambition for the Tyneside club, and then we can look forward to having a good second half of the season – and who knows – we may even finish above 10th place. 🙁
What do you think?
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