News today that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will be trying to bring in an English style center-back in the January transfer window, after Newcastle shot themselves in the foot again on September 1st (what again?), when we allowed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave for a loan spell at Roma and didn’t replace him.
Matija Nastasic – Manchester City 21 year-old center-back
Why do Newcastle keep doing daft things like this in the transfer window?
Is it really just for the money?
An English style center-back could even mean an English player, and the name of West Ham’s James Tomkins has been mentioned again – and he’s been a target of ours for a couple of years now.
But there’s just no way West Ham would let the 25 year-old leave in January, after he has been first choice this season so far.
If Newcastle would only sign some experienced older players now and again for short-term tactical reasons – we could have snapped up Joleon Lescott from Manchester City – but the 32 year-old was too old and his wages too high for Newcastle.
Going after an English style center-back also means we’ve seen the last of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is now at Roma – but he wouldn’t want to come back to Newcastle in any case.
We were heavily linked with Celtic’s 23 year-old Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk in the summer, but there’s no way Celtic would let him leave in January, even on loan.
But maybe our best bet in January would be to try to get somebody in on loan – and Newcastle were said to be interested in 21 year-old Serbian International Matija Nastasic of Manchester City – but the lad wanted to stay and fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium.
However come January, if he still hasn’t seen much playing time at Manchester City, he may want to go out on loan and get some Premier League games on Tyneside.
That would also seem to benefit Newcastle, Manchester City and the player himself anbd maybe a deal could be struck.
Nastasic has played 50 times for Manchester City with one goal, and 14 times for Serbia, and the 6’2″ former Partizan and Fiorentina defender fits perfectly into the profile of players Newcastle try to recruit these days.
A young player who has shown a lot of promise, and who can still get a lot better as he matures and learns his trade.
What do you think?
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