Newcastle have to bring in at least three strikers if we are to replace Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy this summer, but looking at our defensive record over the last few seasons, it shows its one of Newcastle weaknesses, so we need to also bring in some defenders too.
Curtis Good – can he make breakthrough next season?
In the season before last we conceded 68 goals, and that’s the most we have ever concede din the Premier League and last season we still conceded 59 goals, which is what we conceded when we were relegated in 2009.
Here are the goals conceded over the last years by Newcastle for the preceding season
2014 – 59
2013 – 68
2012 – 51
2011 – 57
2009 – 59
2008 – 65
2007 – 47
2006 – 42
So since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, our defense has never been particularly good, and we have leaked far too many goals.
Newcastle did try to strengthen the defense in January of last year, when we brought in both Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and whereas Mathieu has been a big success, it looks like Mapou’s time is up at Newcastle, although he played some very good games for us last season – including that 1-0 win at White Hart Lane, when he was terrific.
Newcastle continue to look to bring young players in, and it seems we had a chance to recently sign Manchester City and England International Joleon Lescott, who would be good enough to start for Newcastle – but he turns 32 in August.
However, with the better training methods and diets of players these days compared to 20 years ago, players today should be able to play well into their mid-thirties, and one or two experienced players wouldn’t be bad buys for Newcastle.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards is also available this summer, but we don’t hear much news about Newcastle being interested in him, although we have been reported to be interested in 24 year-old Aaron Cresswell of Ipswich, who looks a solid left-back and he’s English too.
As far as young defenders coming through at Newcastle, Australian International Curtis Good has caught the eye recently, having done well at Dundee United and he played excellently in his first International game for Australia, and he’s well thought of at Newcastle.
Maybe this lad can make a breakthrough and from what we’ve seen of him, the 21 year-old is a solid player with a very good left foot, but first things first – and Newcastle need to ensure he’s fit for pre-season and get that hip injury fixed.
19 year-old Remie Streete is also possibly one for the future, but he needs to start showing though, and maybe Remie will be sent out on loan for next season, but as far as Good is concerned, he may be good enough to challenge for a first team spot next season on Tyneside.
If not Curtis should be sent out on loan next season, preferably to a Championship club.
And 19 year-old Kevin Mbabu, who we signed sixteen months ago from Servette, seems to be coming though well, and the Swiss U21 International should also probably be sent out on loan to get first team experience next season.
We would like to see two top-notch defenders brought in this summer – a center-back and a full-back would be good.
What do you think?
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