Newcastle currently have Fabricio Coloccini injured and out for at least a couple of months, which also happened last season, and Steven Taylor has been on the sidelines ever since the first game of the season, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is having some trouble coming to terms with the Premier League, since signing on from Montpellier in January.
Douglas - Joe Kinnear called off the move for this Brazilian
So we have old faithful Mike Williamson, who was 4th choice center-back at the beginning of the season, coming in and doing a good job in the last three games, but this points to a weakness in Newcastle’s team, and we had hoped a top center half could have been recruited in the summer.
That was always the plan, and Newcastle were all ready to sign Brazilian Douglas from FC Twente on a free transfer, after being after the player for a couple of years.
But then Joe Kinnear came in as Director of Football in June to effectively replace Derek LLambias, who had worked on the Douglas deal, and Joe decided to walk away from that deal, and the 6’4″ defender arrive on Tyneside, and eventually signed for Dynamo Moscow instead.
Then long-term target Mamadou Sakho of PSG became available, and Liverpool signed him for a massive £17M, even though the Frenchman had just one year left on his contract at the Paris club, and we don’t blame Newcastle for not going after the 23 year-old at that inflated price.
The problems we have at center-back right now are that both Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini pick up injuries each season, and Mapou hasn’t come through (yet) as a Premier League class center-back – so we are again struggling at center-back.
Paul Dummett looks like Newcastle’s 5th choice center-back, since James Perch left for Wigan in the summer, and maybe he can get the job done.
We keep hearing about Newcastle going after forwards in the January transfer window, but we’d like to see a top center-back brought into the club, because defense still seems to be Newcastle’s weakness, and it seems that with Loic Remy in the side, we have proved we can score enough goals.
What do you think?