Magpies Still Need To Strengthen Defense This Summer


Former Newcastle United left-back Frank Clark played for Newcastle from 1962, when he  signed on from FA Amateur Cup winners Crook Town, and stayed until 1975, when he joined Nottingham Forest.

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Frank Clark – while at Newcastle United

Frank played 457 times for Newcastle in those 13 years, and in  total appearances for the club he’s only behind goalkeeper Jimmy Lawrence (496 appearances 1904-1922)  and left-back Franck Hudspeth (472 appearances 1910-1929).

Frank of course played in the Inter-City F airs Cup winning side in  1969, and today he had this to say in the Shields Gazette about the current Newcastle defense:

“They are all very good Premier League players.” “They are all center-backs, so unless you play three at the back, you can’t get them all in the team at the same time.”

“Williamson has done very, very well, and has surprised me a little bit.” “Taylor is a local boy, whose heart and soul is in the club.”

“Coloccini is a top, top defender, so I think if they keep those three together, they will be OK there. They obviously need to invest elsewhere in the squad.”

We had these three center-backs at Newcastle last season, and we didn’t do too well, and we conceded 59 goals, the 6th most in the league,  and in the previous season we conceded 65 goals.

Maybe if we can keep these three on Tyneside and bring in another top center-back – maybe like Celtic’s 22 year-old center-back Virgil van Dijk –  we should be OK in central defense, and we have young central defenders like Curtis Good and Lubo Satka coming through too.

But our defense just isn’t up to scratch, and it’s hard to argue with the statistics of goals conceded.

We still think we need to strengthen our defense this summer – what do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note – I was on a local Tyne Tees TV football discussion program way back in February 1970 with Frank, and was representing Newcastle University football,  and the discussion was centered on how we bring young players through in the area – does that sound familiar even for today?



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187 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Frank Clark demonstrating exactly why nobody is willing to employ him as a manager anymore.

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Curtis Good should be ready for prime time, either as a CB or LB. The only area that we need to strengthen is probably the RB position.

    um, Raylor?

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreed Lilongwe!!

    AC i find your contribution helpful mate, in fact everyone’s contribution is helpful whether we agree or disagree

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  • roblee7

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I9oI0SNLyg

    Anyone ever seen this? Fer V Anita Rap battle! Haha. Next up, Williamson V Colo 🙂

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  • roblee7

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    What on earth have we done to Anita? Some of the stuff he did at Ajax looks great, not seen an ounce of it here. Some good goals on youtube too 🙁

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    We need 2 or 3 centre backs. Micah Richards is available on the cheap.

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  • roblee7

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d personally walk to Manchester and back if it meant we got Richards! 🙂

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    croftus5678
    I agree that Ba best position was as striker. However, Ben-arfa and Cisse both hit their form with him on the wing.

    Regardless it’s long time ago. So let’s not dwell on the past.

    We have now finally signed proper number 10. And hopefully we will sign few more exciting players.

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  • roblee7

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone heard anything more on any striker deals?? That main priority for me, Cisse isn’t even half decent and hasn’t been for 2 years now, I so want hime to come good again but how he is still wearing the number 9 shirt is beyond me

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #10

    If Richards costs 2m, yeah. Otherwise, MA wouldn’t sign.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    roblee7
    Yes I saw it when we signed him.

    Wait until you hear their steamy “baby making” song Sweet Sweet:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnNLRP_l0us

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  • roblee7

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #12

    HAHAHA, what is that song about Sazzer??!! 😀

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    I believe we would be prepared to pay £6m for Richards. Debuchy is gone. We need to sign Richards or Corchia. I would also take Nathan Redmond and look at replacing Tiote with Leroy Fer.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    lilongwe @1 spot on – the three defenders Frank Clark mentions – not to put too finer point on it last season were not very good (anyone in doubt please check league table).

    toonicle – why were you objecting to my repoly to expatmag earlier on?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    error repoly = reply

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t know roblee7. I understand as much as you do.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    There is also this video of Alan Pardew singing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VomkssQel8g

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Ketsbaia9
    Corchia have moved to Lille.

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Kets, I am afraid that Nathan Redmond would be Sissoko’s replacement if we ever get them. Don’t forget that Sissoko’s now the RM for us, not Ben Arfa.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Genoa have announced they have today completed the signing of Sevilla forward Diego Perotti.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Juventus have signed French prodigy Kinglsey Coman on a free transfer after his PSG contract expired.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Well the one day I don’t check the blog we actually sign someone 🙂 . De Jong is a good player as well, I remember watching him destroy Man City in the Champions League and wondered which big club would go in for him .

    ————Sissoko————-Tiote—————

    —HBA————–De Jong———-Cabella—

    —————Lacazette/Aubameyang————

    Still a possibility .

    Also I watched the USA V Belgium game last night and was impressed with both the American centre backs and the right back Yedlin . Could be worth a try as squad players ? .

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Sazzer, I thought Kingsley Coman can’t be transferred for free… or free + some tribunal fee because he’s too young.

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Yedlin is good, but do US players require any visa playing in Europe?

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  • Thump

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    @Pizzicato: The same as other non-Euro players. Generally if they’ve played for the national team it’s a little easier to secure a work permit.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie
    Nothing about it in the announcement but limited space on twitter so there probably will be agent fees, development etc.

    Anyhow we missed out. Looks like Juve working on snapping up Rabiot as well.

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #27

    1 ST
    1 LM
    1 CB
    that’s all what we need .
    there is no need to sign 2 Strikers
    we have Gouffran who can play as a Striker
    Abeid could be a good replacement for the main LM
    and I hope 2 or 3 U-18 players come too
    maybe a center back and an attacking midfielder .

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Man, Rabiot for 3m Euro is soooo cheap.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #29

    We need another striker -a main striker. Gouffran although a hard working player is not the answer. His career average is about 1 goal in 3-4 games. Really not enough for anyone partnering de Jong -or for us to do better this season compared to last season.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Thump
    I thought it was something stupid like they had to of played 75% of there countries competitive fixtures over a 3 year period for a work permit from outside the EU?
    That’s why Stoke have struggled so much with Shea? And think there’s another player too, plus why Campbell hasn’t previously featured for Arsenal

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Pizzicato
    Wow really? Where’s he gone too? Great prospect that lad

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #32
  • bladeuser

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Frank clark is going senile all our centre backs r championship class at best colo was very good but has lost it taylor do i really need to say anything and willo to many people have been taken in he cannot pass dribble shoot score any headers at the right end he is a plodder who was the best of a very bad bunch

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  • Thump

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #34

    @tads: I wasn’t aware of some of that, actually. It could be argued that he’s young and hasn’t had the opportunity to shine yet. If City or one of the big clubs wanted him, though…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Thump
    Aye mate, that’s what the mail article was saying, you can appeal on certain grounds, obviously helps if your a media favourite…..
    Knowing our luck we’d end up with a points deduction!

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  • Kebabacus

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    As it stands:

    ————Cisse

    ——Ben Arfa–Siem

    —Colback-Tiote-Sissoko

    Haidara-Colo-Yanga-Debuchy

    ————Krul

    Not too shabby. Left-footers on the left and right-footers on the right. Good balance.

    We are crying out for a big, fast Lukaku-type striker, a bit of pace on the wings and a young defender or two to keep the old guard on their toes.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Kebabacus, that’s probably the most perfect looking crimbo tree formation I’ve ever seen. Big ups

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Dont get me wrong any signing is most welcome but please siem do not insult our intelligence by stating
    Two outrageous points 1st the reason u came was mainly pardew and that champions league football is the goal nufc make me puke is this why our best right back is going and now sissoko wants out and all our targets othet clubs r interested who was in siem de jong or were nufc so fast off the mark nobody wad aware of it lol lol lol lol

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #39

    I am just wondering whether there could be a “reprieve” for Benny seeing that we’ve signed de Jong. Due to the lack of poor forwards recently having a player who might do clever runs, has a bit of skill might tempt Benny to pass to them. In some situations if I was Benny -I wouldn’t pass to some of the players on the basis that nothing productive would ensue – thus I might as well do it myself.

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  • Kebabacus

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Toon Tang: Thanks! It could do with some lights and a 6 foot 4, 20 million pound angel up top 😉

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