Newcastle Have Some Decisions To Make In January

When Newcastle finished in 5th place a year last May and qualified for the Europa League,  then was the time to further strengthen the squad for the upcoming Europa League games, but Mike Ashley and company didn’t do that, and the only senior player brought into the squad was Vurnon Anita, and to bring only one senior player in was a huge mistake by the club.

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Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear – the Newcastle hierarchy

And we paid for that mistake last season, when our squad just wasn’t big enough or good enough to play two games a week, and we just avoided being relegated.

Newcastle are again flying high in 6th place in the league table, and it will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear bring in some players in January to further strengthen the squad, which will help out the drive to finish high up in the league table  by May.

While Newcastle’s official target is to finish in the top ten, if Newcastle steer clear of injuries and the team keeps up the (very) good form they have shown over the last several games, we could again become a shock team ion the league.

And Ashley now has the opportunity to show that he has bigger ambitions for Newcastle than just finishing in the top half of the league every season, and two or three good players brought in during January, would help that cause.

Then two or three  more in the summer, and before too long, Newcastle would have a very decent squad that could potentially challenge for the top six from the get go next season.

And of course if Newcastle do qualify for European competition next season (please don’t tell Alan Pardew I said that), we’d need more players than we have right now, so a good investment in January would be to bring in two or three top players. – it just makes good sense on  a number of different fronts.

We’ll have to wait and see, but these are some of the decisions that the Newcastle hierarchy – read that as Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear – will need to make for next month.

What do you think?

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6 comments so far

  • Jamiemac

    Dec 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1


    I’ve gone draw. Biggest optimist on here but we can’t get carried away. Away games are tough and our away record is nothing to shout about. Score draw. My team would be

    Mbiwa should come back in. Colo did nothing on Saturday to justify his starting spot.
    Rest Tiote as he is one booking away from a suspension and he will be key vs Manu.
    Want to rest cabaye for the same reason but the team look far weaker without him starting so can’t drop him.
    Optimistic for Shola to play 3 in a week – rest.
    Remy looked tired on Saturday – rest.

  • bobby mango

    Dec 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    2/3 players? Absolutely no chance, especially with us performing well and I don’t think we need that many. When you look at the bench it’s hard to justify bringing more players in.

    All I’d like another striker. Cisse offers nothing, Remy is on loan, Shola’s form cannot be relied on and he’s entering the latter stages of his career.

    If I could add another player it would be a RB to add competition/cover. If Haidara or Dummet could play there seamlessly that problem would be solved.

  • mindshaft

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    out of the six away games we’ve beaten Villa, Cardiff and Spurs with our only defeat since beginning of October to the mackems ( and we probably deserved to win that ).
    Hopefully we’ll keep that going tonight in a hard fought win tonight.

  • nufc 11

    Dec 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Shane Long for me is the only player we need at a push Tom Ince, Pappis could move on and Colo for that matter if it ment signing Remy permanetley.

  • sphinxhunter

    Dec 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with you Bobby Mango that Cashley will be harder to convince with the quality on the bench, but IMO NUFC need to start their succession planning now (cos it takes a while for new players to pick up the speed and intensity of the EPL) – a CB for Collo, an AM for Cabaye, and 2-3 Strikers, one for Remy (unless he is signed), for Shola (unless he… no! he’s just getting too much older, the inconsistency and injuries will come back), and for Cisse (unless he rediscovers his form, no signs of that happening yet). I would expect a professional outfit to get in at least a CB and Striker in Jan and line up the others for end of season – we have a number of midfielders who may step up (Marv ?) and Cisse may hit his straps again.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Bring in a big, strong technical forward in the Negrado mold is the most important to replace Shola. Youngish central defender with European experience to replace Collo.
    Talk in the papers about wingers seems futile when the ones we have are constantly on the bench. Pardew talks about attacking ‘fret’ but selects on defensive effort, so a Valencia type of player is needed.


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