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Newcastle To Make Calculated Moves In January

9:08 am, Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says there is no real need for Newcastle to bring in new players in  January, which is certainly not what the case was last January, and Alan says Newcastle will only make calculated moves in the upcoming transfer window.

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Mathieu Debuchy - signed in early January

Newcastle brought in Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko in January, when we were languishing in the depths of the Premier League, and we just about survived relegation, although it was far too close for comfort.

This season Newcastle are well placed in 6th place at the moment, and those five Frenchmen have all turned out to be excellent acquisitions for the club, and three of them are starters and the other two – Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – are pushing for a starting place in the side.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today:

“I think we can be very calculated in this window. If you are in a good position, there is no need to rush anything,” 

“In the corresponding window last year, we really needed to do some business and when you need to do business, I think it is a difficult window.”

“When you don’t need to do business, which perhaps you can argue we don’t, then maybe you can look at it in a more calculated manner.”

As usual,  Newcastle are linked with a number (a big number) of potential transfer targets for next month, but the main requirement seems to be to get a good striker through the door.

And then after that, maybe another winger or even a defender could be brought in – which is maybe why Steven Taylor could be seeking a loan move, or even a permanent move out of Newcastle next month.

What do you think?

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Tags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target · Yoan Gouffran



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Most managers would have a shopping list.

    2 CB’s, wingers 2 CF’s … not our good little puppet.
    He knows his lines.

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    No point being linked to anyone . We wont sign anyone because Kinnear and Ashley the greedy b@$turds would rather blow it in a casino in London .

  • 3 croftus5678 // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    “if” we sign players i have no doubt he will be a good signing whoever it is as we tend to only sign really good players.

    if it was me i’d say ince and fingobasson or tivornian as the cheap buys = good business and if i could get deals in place for cheap buy after loan deals i would take zaha + luuk for half a season but would keep my eye more on luuk as he was pure quality and that doesnt disapear overnight.

    i still think we need a cb though as good seems a little off the prem pace

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    So reading between the lines we’ve already calculated we’ll spend fusk all.

  • 5 cyprus // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    He’s right about last year’s panic purchases but they sure proved good. Those people completely changed the team. This year I’d go with a marque 10 mil signing, a CF who’s young enough to improve yet already has a good record to justify the tag. Loanees aren’t always a bad deal, btw. Look at WBA last year (Lukaku) and Everton this year (ibid) and NUFC (Remy). It’s good if there’s a buy clause at the end…

  • 6 martoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Maybe Pardew has to be careful what he says – lookwhat happened at Cardiff
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25409755

  • 7 Scottiedog // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    With Saylors potential move to QPR does everyone think that that this is the opening gambit into a swap for Remy?? Also I can see Ince coming to us in p/x for Gosling?!?!?!

  • 8 70TWO // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    We seem to be constantly linked with wingers, is this generated by the media that are making assumptions or is there any real indication from the club?

    Currently the wingers we have are being surpassed by two players who have previously played more centrally. Does this mean that if new and improved wingers are brought in that Sissoko and Gouffran will be moved inside to midfield and striker? In so doing reduce the necessity to sign players in those positions?

    A second point, would it be possible to buy one high value/wage player?

    If so, I would like to a technical player that could take up a position behind the striker and link with the holding midfielder(s), a creative playmaker / attacking midfielder / no. 10. Whatever you want to call it, or all of them in one!

  • 9 JARRAMAG // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Well Ashley has spoken we have 27 points and only need another 13 to be safe so the cheque book has been locked away again.We have the basis of a very good squad and if only Ashley would show modest ambition we could really go places.Only the blind cannot see Ashley’s remit-Stay in the premier league and nothing else.He is treading a very dangerous path because more and more hard core fans can see his blueprint for us and we will not tolerate just being an also ran for much longer!Ashley will have to be ambitious or face the consequences of falling gates.An ambitious Newcastle would never have to sell half price tickets let alone tickets for a fiver.

    God help us!
    KTF

  • 10 70TWO // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Scottiedog

    Give Gosling another season on loan and potentially he will be a major assest, like any player they need games to look at their best. The only problem, he is at the end of his contract and will he want to sign an extension?

  • 11 70TWO // Dec 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Would there be a fine for not entering a team in the Europa League if we won a place?

    I could just imagine Ashley being the type of bloke to make a stance against the expense of being in the competition. My question is due to the indication that he would appear to want the team to finish as high as possible to generate money, without having to spend and bugger the fans.

  • 12 scitoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Cyprus – A marquee 10M CF signing in the Jan window, eh? Sounds familiar, especially if he is young but with a proven goal scoring record…

    Does the name Cisse, ring a bell?

    Look where that got us. Lol.

  • 13 Whumpie // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    need a striker. still.
    tis all.

  • 14 bobby mango // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Would say we only need a class striker, as well as signing Remy permanently.

    Another specialist RB would be handy but we have cover and maybe R Taylor will be back next season.

  • 15 grrrbby // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    We probably need a striker if the right one comes along but we’ll certainly not be making a marquee signing. That’s not our way now and hasn’t been every since Ashley took over. He buys within our means and at the minute we’re still only just making a profit and owe Ashley money which he hasn’t started taking back yet. Why do some fans constantly say Ashley and Kinnear are greedy? How is Ashley greedy paying off our debts and getting us into a sound financial footing? Once the club is making a decent profit, then is the time to maybe loosen the purse strings. Similar to how arsenal have this season with Ozil. Little steps are needed at the minute. Keep improving our team little by little and well eventually start challenging for the champions league and with that more money to spend on bigger and better players.




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