If Newcastle can start capitalizing on the excellent display in the second half yesterday against Chelsea, by bringing in two or three good players in January, then it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can do well in the league this season, maybe even very well.
Thomas Vermaelen – Newcastle interested?
We still think Newcastle need a top center-half brought in, mainly because both Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor seem to pick up a lot of injuries over the last couple of seasons, but certainly Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have played very well in the last couple of games.
Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear, according to the Daily Star, has been watching Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, the 44 times capped Belgium International and Arsenal club captain.
Vermaelen is still only 27, although he has lots of experience at the very top-level, but has made only one Premier League appearance all season, and Thomas himself may want to make a move in January, since his World Cup place may be under jeopardy with him not playing regular club football.
It’s not surprising that Arsene Wenger does not want to lose his club captain,, but if this news is true that Newcastle are interested, it’s good news, because we need an experienced additional center-back at Newcastle.
We’re not sure how much Thomas would cost but on transfermarkt.com his transfer price is estimated at €16M (£13.6M), and that would be far too much for Newcastle under the current regime.
Vermaelen joined Arsenal in June of 2009, for about £10M, and he has made 133 appearances for the London club with 15 goals, and he is dangerous from set pieces and corners, and that would be an advantage for the Magpies.
But we think the Belgian would be too expensive for Newcastle, but there are also other center-backs Newcastle could go after in January.
What do you think?