This Is Why Newcastle Must Spend In January

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.

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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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18 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    is it a coincidence we are playing better since cisse was dropped sell him in jan and have one last go at bringing back demba + remy 🙂

  • Blofal

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Lukaku lukaku lukaku. Im going to keep saying it. Pay whatever it takes. Please!!!

  • Mint

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    You’re forgetting we have to sell before we buy Ed. 3 Players will need two to be shipped out minimum.

    Unless the club wins the lottery… oh wait, it does every year, from us! 🙁


    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Toivonen is Shite !

    I would be very happy if we got Ince and Gomis though !

  • JackS

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed – a bit of a rubbish comment about Zaha’s ego. Ravel M. was worse. Fat Sam seems to have man-managed him. And what of Hatem our idol? Nurturing genius is not a matter of applying rigid notions of human behaviour and discarding gems. Kids have to grow up. Learn. Channel their talent to greatness.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    There’s a young lad at Swindon with a huge ego & he’s putting a few goals in too. I think he’s called Nile Ranger

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    would jose sell lukaku over demba? mmmm

  • kilcline

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    We need to sign from the following:

    Hernandez (ambition)

  • ToonJovi

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Lukaku cost Chelsea 20+ million and brought in for the future… And since then he has gone from strength to strength! There is no way Chelsea will sell him… Even if Jose didn’t fancy him he’s a much better player now than he was when Chelsea bought him so the fee would be massive!!! Demba all the way!

  • Sav

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Remy is better with Cisse in the middle and provides good wing cover AND a goal threat. They open up the pitch for weach other and Papisse will soon be back on the goal trail unless those 13 goals were all a fluke??

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Would love Lukaku, but if there was any chance of him being sold it was the summer just gone. A big bid would have tempted Chelsea, especially given they obviously thought he wasn’t ready given that they spent the summer looking at strikers reportedly. No chance after he has a good year this year.

    If we are seriously wanting to buy Ince, then I see no legs at all in the Zaha on loan story. It would be one or the other.

    As for Toivonen, not seen much of him, but the general consensus seems to be he isn’t good enough. Have never wanted Gomis. Not overly keen on Ba coming back, he had a great time here 1st time round, but I’d rather get a younger more dynamic striker in.

  • Toon Boy

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Here is the thing that annoys me. Look at all the great coaches. Ferguson, and Wenger. They develop a game plan and THEN buy players that match the plan.
    Newcastle I don’t think need a new midfielder. What they need is a new centre back and a centre forward. I say bench Cisse for 4-5 weeks, and hope he works harder to get in the squad. 15 games without a goal is disgraceful for a centre forward. Especially of someone of his calibre. We all saw his first season. He was amazing. Give him a 1/4 chance and he would take it. Give him a full chance and he will shank it.
    I say bring in Gomis or another CF who is on the market and get rid of Jonas. I would also try and give Marveaux some starts. This guy is so talented. He is a mix of Cabaye and Ben Arfa. Has that creative sense like Cabs, and that attacking, speed and agility prowess like Arfa.

  • Grumpy

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Wish Kinner would shut up about not competing when were surrounded with clubs who are doing exactly that.

  • numba9

    Oct 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Get ba back and sign Remy get rid of obatan

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s no questoning Ed’s view that we should be investing in some new faces – and I include Remy among them- I just wonder whether any half decent player would seriously consider joining Newcasltle United.

    Thr words of wisdom attributed to Kinnear have done the club one helluva lot of damage and illustrate his abject stupidity in putting his name to them.

    As someone said the other day, it is possible to get the message out that the club’s not got a lot to spend but to say we’ve got little or no ambition was absoulte stupidity. Any owner of a business wouldn’t even sanction such words and that again brings Ashley’s nous into question – again.

    One must assume that Ashley sees Newcastle United as his own little plaything to be run by him and his advisors who he seems to recruit because he can trust them. Contrasting the performance of the Sports Direct business and that of NUFC, one must assume that Ashley’s been persuaded to recruit professionals to contribute to SD’s success – rather than has-beens who contrbute nothing to the football business while propping up the bar with him.

    You’d have thought that someone would have taken him to one side and have a word.

    It is clear that SD’s a success because he has good managers running it for him whereas he’s making a complete hash of running Newcastle United by himself and ably supported by the world-renowned Kinnear

  • maikelw

    Oct 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    In the long rung we need a manager with a different mindset then Pardew. You have the squad to play attacking football with good positioning. You have the likes of anita,cabaye, sissoko and ben arfa to play in midfield who can play a passing game. At the moment nufc is playing every match adapting to the opponent instead prefering or developing it’s own style.

  • Sav

    Oct 22, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Have to say I really disagree with the disgrace of teams loaning players within the same league. Lukaku is West Brom’s best player by a street, yet he plays every side except Chelski. How is that right? This is a corruption of the league contest which favours the few richest clubs. And the so-called Financial Fair Play will never see the light of day, either.

  • Sav

    Oct 22, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d rather we buy Ince than loan Zaha. But truthfully, we need a centre-forward and a centre-back more than anything.


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