Newcastle Want Striker And Center-Back In January


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.

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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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25 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    I think there’s quite a good CB at Roma and quite a creative forward at Hull.

    So it’s Tomkins and Bent or sick note, perma crock carrol then is it!!! Woo hoo

    mag 52

    you could really make a career out of missing the point. Giving pardew the best players in the world wouldn’t make him a good manager. Now inwardly digest and remember for future reference.

    Pardew bleated on forever about cabaye, Soto lost 11 good players but made shrewd buys and got a good manager. pardew has wasted our shrewd buys and sanctioned MYM and HBA going out on loan and he is still in situ displaying zero class as per his boss. Go figure.

    The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. How many times has that applied to one trick pony pardew?

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  • BuckLuck

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Wasted money as long as Pardew is here. In fact everything is wasted as long as he is manager. My joy and passion is long gone. All I have left is hatred, frustration and suppressed love.

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  • Geordie Realist

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Ben Arfa is not a centre-forward by any stretch of the imagination.

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  • scitoon

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Taking Pardew out of the equation, im in 2 minds about Yanga. One side is that he was never given a decent run as CB to really prove himself. On the other side, im not sure he was up to the challenge of Prem football: where speed and strength are kings. I realise he played well against Citeh, however, Champions League football is different to playing Stoke away on a wet Monday night. Italian football is a bit slower and more technical so perhaps more suited to MYM.

    Sadly, we will prob never know whether MYM could have been the next Dabizas or the next Boumsong…

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    we have needed a centre back and a striker for 2 years we still aint got them what makes this jan special??

    we could be sunk by then

    and the only thing missing from pards interview
    the bit I have a contract was ya boo sucks to you

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  • SuperShearer

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    So…. just to be clear; what all the fans knew to be true in the summer has finally occurred to the owner? Well that’s like points in the bag! Jesus.

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  • Thump

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Can we have a new manager for mid-October?

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  • Markaccus

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Marlon Harewood.

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  • scitoon

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Agreed. Don’t see this Jan being anything special in light of past transfer window performances. However, i don’t agree with Ed on “it’s always notoriously difficult to get good players in during the January transfer”. What about that Jan window when we signed Socks, Debuchy, MYM and Haidara. I believe Cisse was also a Jan recruitment.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    January sales. It will be a couple of soggy players on the cheap. We all know the dealio people…

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  • switch365

    Oct 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    We have a complete idiot of a manager who insists on playing 1 up front, just like he used to with his beloved Strolla.
    But he hasn’t realised that with Strolla gone we no longer have a target man, therefore his formations need to have a 2 at the end instead of a 1 😀

    Maybe instead of Pardew Out messages on bedsheets, someone could perhaps put a message advising him on formations and tactics!

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Insanity being repetition and expecting a different result. We place this at Pardews door and yet we continue to turn up week in week out. Pardew and Ashley have shown contempt for the fans, plyrs and club. Boycott is the only way, couple of weeks would see Pardew gone.

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    We’ve all heard the expression, ‘taking one for the team’ …. not that many of our current team are sufficiently committed to do that anyway!
    However, I ask myself how long will it be before a foot soldier (or two) from the Toon Army ‘takes one’ – or rather ‘gives one’ – for us frustrated supporters?
    I am not inciting downright touchline criminality here but the historical demeanour of wide -boy Pardew in his technical area does show which language he really prefers to converse in.
    The frustration is driving me stir-crazy…… I’ve calmed down now …. but you can see where it is all heading.

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  • N1CK06

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Just one CB? I think we need at least 2 quality CBs, to replace Willo and Colo, and possibly a CDM if Tiote leaves in January, as his departure will significantly weaken the squad.

    We also need a striker with size and strength who can handle the physical nature of the Premier League. I think the major problem up front is that a lot of our attacking players (except Cisse) lack size and strength and are used to playing in leagues that are less physical and more technical (e.g. Cabella, Riviere. Ayoze, Gouffran) and for this reason they are easily pushed off the ball.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    FFS Ed stop mentioning Andy bloody Carroll!!!! He’s shite and always injured!!!!!

    And again no quotes saying we will go for reinforcements in January only more fabricated fantasies you claim are facts.

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  • Lynxie

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    So let me get this straight. Using the tried and tested formula of one up front, lumping it upfield to a centre forward incapable of holding the ball or beating a man, and instructing 90% of the players to not venture past the half way line….. HAS NOT WORKED. So our illustrious half wit manager thinks we will catch Swansea napping by employing the tactic of…………lumping it upfield to a centre forward incapable of holding the ball or beating a man, and instructing 90% of the players to not venture past the half way line. Jesus Christ man.

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  • Lynxie

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Memo to Pardew.
    League position is directly related to points gained.
    Points gained is as a result of scoring goals versus not conceding goals.
    Scoring goals comprises getting players and more importantly THE BALL, into the opponents penalty area (preferably at speed, because they are also trying to NOT concede).
    Getting players into opposing penalty areas, relies on removing the shackles of managerial fear and paranoia, and having the bottle to attack.

    In a nutshell: get your stupid finger out you prick, and don’t be such a pussy.

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  • ToonMatt

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    I think it will be too late in January and we will be propping up the table, Ashley took a gamble and it did not pay off for him this time, Expect Tiote gone in January and morale to be rock bottom with Pardew still in charge, Relegation is guaranteed and blame Ashley, Pardew whatever the real blame lies with the 50,000 Mike Ashley supporters who throw money at him instead of staying away, If there was a boycott he would have sold up and cleared off.

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  • Sav

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Very sporting of Monster Mash to give every other Prem team a half season head start again. By the way, its not scouting we need its commitment to pay the rate. We identified atrikers before – that is not the problem – it is paying what it takes to get a top class striker and centre-back. And that still leaves us without a true creative midfielder to replace Cabaye or anyone who does not consistently waste frees and corners.

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  • masterp1983

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Id take Defoe as a cheap striker on a year contract as he gets goals. Defenders are hard to think of though. Should have got lescott in the summer… Was a no brainer for me!

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #21

    masterp –

    Defoe? Cheap striker?

    Have you seen the salary he is on in the US?

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  • thepict

    Oct 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Let’s hope he does a better scouting job than he did prior to the summe signings. Of all the signings in the summer, the only decent one is Colbeck and he was signed on a free transfer.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #23

    We have known for ages we need a quality centre back. Now I think we need two. We need a new manager and backroom staff now as well. Time for Carver and Woodman to leave through the same door as Pardew.

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  • Geordie Realist

    Oct 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    This story is literally based in zero actual facts.

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  • ToonLynx

    Oct 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #25

    CB- Stefano Denswill
    CM- Clement Grenier
    ST- Stick with Riviere and Ferreyra.. Theyll come good!
    Manager- Frank De Boer

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