With just thirteen days left in the January transfer window, Newcastle fans are hoping the club can get one or maybe two players through the door before February rolls around.
Mathieu Debuchy – joined just over a year ago
Last year at this time we were playing Reading at home and after the terrible 2-1 loss, Mike Ashley brought in four Frenchmen, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara, and Mathieu Debuchy had already joined earlier in the month, and we won our next two games at Aston Villa and at home to Chelsea.
Those five Frenchmen are all playing well for Newcastle now, but they took time to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.
Alan is still hopeful of some player(s) coming through the door in the next couple of weeks, as he had this to say in the Shields Gazette today:
“Joe’s in charge of that department with Graham and Mike, and as the manager, I’m hoping that I get a player or maybe two to bed in, really.”
“Whether they would make a big impact on the first team this season, I’m not so sure, because it’s a funny time to come in. “That first six months for Vurnon Anita was tough, I thought.”
“We’ve seen the benefit of it now.” “We’ve had a lot more discussions this week, as there’s been a lot more movement in the market.”
“It sounds like clubs are going to make some moves. We need to be on our toes in terms of clubs coming for our players, or us going for them.” “The market’s moving. We need to be on our toes.”
Joe Kinnear is currently said to be in Germany trying to arrange a loan deal with Borussia Monchengladbach for 23 year-old Dutch International Luuk de Jong.
So we probably shouldn’t expect too much from any new players coming in during January, although Papiss Cisse made a huge impact when he first arrived two years ago, with a fantastic 13 goals in his first 14 games at Newcastle.
Wonder if Luuk de Jong can do that – if we can get him in on loan of course.
But a caution – since that first season, Papiss Cisse has played another 65 times for Newcastle, and scored only 16 goals.
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