This Position Is A Weakness At Newcastle

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • AmericanMagpie

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    What position are we not weak at?


    Every other position I could make a case for needing reinforcements.

  • Harley

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2


    We aren’t weak at fullback, debuchy, santon, dummet, Haidara, mbiwa, Anita.

    We could do with a centra back, winger and a striker.

    I believe 3 players could take us to another level.

    3 players that I think we could realistically get are ince, lescott and Defoe.

    I know Defoe and lescott are the wrong side of 30 but I bet they still have plenty to give.

  • GenralHez

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Kinnear is even a bigger liability than Steve Taylor and Alan Pardue put together and should not be allowed to disgrace Newcastle by continuing to breath.

  • GenralHez

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree with Harley we need a central defender, a winger and a stricker, however I do not agree with signing players in their twilight. There must be some good younger affordable players out there.
    You never know, without Kinnear we may find them.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Not sure why people don’t rate Taylor. Yeh he has the odd daft moment but very rarely does he cost games.

    Part of an 11 game unbeaten run 2 years ago and pretty solid most I the time.

    Just his mistakes are made high profile by the way he tried to act his way out of it, in reality I bet he makes no more mistakes than your average CB, if anything less.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Mbiwa has made more costly mistakes the past 6 months than Taylor has in 6 years.


    I don’t mind one or two players around 30-2 being brought in to do a job for a couple years, gives younger lads we sign a chance to develop their game without all the pressure on them.

  • BuckLuck

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7


    Agree with you there. Ince would be amazing, and both Lescott and Defoe would strengthen our squad.

    I’ve always hoped for Guidetti though.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    imo i always said we should have signed douglas but tbf to the club its only because i did not rate saylor/williamson and i am changing my mind on williamson as he’s been our best cb in the last few games in fairness to him.
    willo/collo/mbiwa (as much as i love dummett and think he does a good job at cb its one position i wouldnt personaly want him playing as if he does make a mistake i’m sure us fans would jump on his back and ruining his confidence) so i think its time to push good/streete (tav if he’s staying) into more game time and make them step up.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Wouldn’t want Lescott anymore. At his peak he was a little better than average, now he has the turning circle and speed of an oil tanker.

    Defoe has shown he can still do it in the Europa, but I’d prefer a player with better hold up play, someone who can play with their back to goal to take pressure of us defensively, and allow us to bring Remy/HBA/Goofy into the game higher up the pitch.

    Ince, but only at 2/3million. Not completely sold on him just yet, and half of his value is due to his name and being English.

    I think it is far too early to be talking Streete into first team duty, he needs to gain some experience on loan imo. Not sure on Good, as I have seen very little of him. We need to ease off all this praise for Dummet. He has payed 90 minutes roughly for us. It wasn’t a good defensive performance against Liverpool, we were scrappy and committed, and just held on, they had decent chances still, but didn’t take them. He is a kid, who has done okay so far, but the way people are talking about him, and Pards labeling him a hero is building him up for a fall.

    Pards made similar statements about Tav a couple of years ago. These players need a chance to develop without a massive spotlight being shone on them.

  • seancavaz

    Oct 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    What happened to remi streete?

  • 70TWO

    Oct 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #11

    What do people think about Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal?
    The price and age would probably deter Ashley if not the price tag on its own. But it would certainly mark out his intention to make NUFC into a Premier league force pushing for European football.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Also is there any reports about Douglas that would indicate whether he would have been a good, or not, signing?


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