Over the summer Newcastle fans were saying we need an experienced striker and another center-back brought in – but the club were unsuccessful in doing that, and we now are suffering the consequences of that lack of recruitment.
Graham Carr – scouting new players for January
Because we failed to bring in a striker like Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon – our number one target over the summer – because he was too expensive, that job for the moment has been given to Manu Riviere, simply because he’s the only one available until Papiss Cisse is fully match fit.
Newcastle also signed Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra on a one year loan deal from Shakhtar Donetsk, but so far he’s not come through and rumors are that he is not doing well in training.
And the news recently is that one of the reasons Mike Ashley is reticent to fire Alan Pardew is that the owner feels guilty, because he didn’t replace Loic Remy in the summer with a similar class striker.
Ashley also sold Yohan Cabaye mid-way through last season and hasn’t replaced him yet.
Maybe Andy Carroll on loan in January could be the answer, but it’s always notoriously difficult to get good players in during the January transfer window.
But that’s what’s needed, and the other position Newcastle are said to want to strengthen in January is center-back, with the news that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is doing great at Roma.
So why did we let our fourth center-back leave on the last day of the summer transfer window and no we are left with only three experienced central defenders?
It makes no sense to us.
That doesn’t reflect well on the recruitment team, and it’s clear we didn’t bring in the talented players we needed after Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy all left the club in the summer.
We have to stay positive and start picking up some points – whoever the manager is – but it’s hardly looking good at the moment.
But Newcastle must strengthen the squad in January, which we managed to do in early 2013, when we were fighting relegation.
Even if we are not fighting relegation in January we still need some good new players brought in.
What do you think?
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