Are Newcastle Targeting This Serbian Center-Back?

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 (cropped)

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?

Comments welcome.

You can follow us on our three social media sites below:

12 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    When your divvy manager deems a player not good enough but goes back to playing Champions League, we have no hope.

    Nice one, Alan.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2


    Spot on. It’s working a treat isn’t it! Amazing what PR can achieve nowadays.

    The only bandwagon so aptly named by the king and willow we are jumping on is infact the one that was hitched to the king himself when he unfortunately rolled into town.

    Is it the fans fault we’ve had record breaking runs season upon season? Constant hammerings dished up because he hasn’t got a clue? I think not.

    To add a bit more gloss to his already sparkling record whilst here: if we fail to win our next game he will be the first premiership manager to not have won in 8 since the season started.

    Truly magical. Thanks again king.

    October 7, 2014
    I see more people are blinded by the club’s massive PR campaign. “It’s the press it’s the supporters” “we are trying our hardest”….erm no. No its not and no you haven’t or if you have (in willows case) then your simply put, just not good enough.

    I have two, yes two functioning eyes which relay the piss poor performances and lack of gameplan to my already overloaded brain and it then comes to the only possible conclusion all by itself of: We played shite.

    It’s not the press it’s not the supporters, it’s the current incumbent residing in the hotseat aided by his fellow dinosaurs and of course his rather rotund but very loyal/incredibly stupid/visually impaired (delete where applicable) toad of a boss.

    To the author of university length essays.

    The writhing single cell amoeba was not aimed at yourself so no need to inject it into your posts although I will concede it may of looked this way but it really wasn’t. I can clearly see you are not the missing link in human evolution and do infact have more than one brain cell to rub together. How many who knows but I’d wager it’s substantially more than a few of the blind faith brigade currently residing in their murky shit infested oceans.

    Just thought I’d clear that up.


    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    even if kompany come to NEWCASTLE or any other high class defender they can’t help us cause they will eventually be pardewed and pardew will blame them for poor results

  • Rainrix

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Why bother with Nastasic? He’s not from the north. We don’t like people who aren’t from the north. Bloody non-northerners!

  • 70TWO

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    subject of article….has legs


    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Di mattio joins schalke

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Probably it’s going to be a bit quiet for the next fortnight in respect of hard footballing issues about the Toon because of the international break.
    So the news will probably be output of spin from Mr Tubbs PR machine. Should be interesting to see what they come up with. We are probably also due a gaffe -haven’t had one for a while now.
    On the blog front it seems we are again beseiged by that most irratating of issues -“The Return of the Multiple Poster” so I anticipate a bit of fun and sport on that front and dealing with their fake procastrinations of innocence. Let the shenanigans begin.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    It should be remembered that Newcastle have not overspent, and so still have money to rectify this. It’s clear Ashley isn’t planning on throwing money at us, but it’s also far from certain that he won’t fix this in January, or put the money into infrastructure in an effective way, and continue to do so, to the clubs on going benefit.

    Ashley is being conservative, that seems obvious, but his ultimate goal remains as unclear now as it has for a number of years.

    I suspect he’s crunched the numbers and knows exactly where he needs to finish, and when it might be worth pushing on. Of course that could easily be never, but if the money does go back in, and is invested well, there will be little to ultimately complain about, other than the fact he lacks a charitable heart.

    Although by that rationale, you might well think he’d do better to start with the zero hour contracts at SD and working conditions in his Asian factories, before he gives back to Newcastle Utd.

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    You would think if this PR company were worth their salt they would issue a statement on behalf of Mike Ashley – we all want to know what his plans are, his long term strategy etc?

  • magscar

    Oct 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Thanks for your clarification and you will see that having got a lot of my chest I wound down to a few short stories and am now trying to hone my cut and thrust and thrust skills with a few relapses.

    When you are not totally of the populist persuasion ( repeat am not Ashley or Pardew fan) on here you do find yourself having to explain yourself a lot more especially as an infrequent poster.

    Witness my defence of my longwindedness, insincerity and supposed multiple personality disorder to the amateur pschologists on here last night. I hope I can now post as infrequently as I can manage at different times without establishing a CV.

    Am attending quickly arranged sincerity classes and having treatment for my personality disorder as well as a family life so will have to make do with as and when have time.

    On brain cell count I judge posts on their content and try to avoid a rush to judgement on the Author.

    HoweverI am reminded of an oft repeated phrase on here about the defination of insanity aimed at Pardew and his suppposed band of supporters of course. There are some posters who display similar traits with stats and keep on going even when lo and behold Pardew is still there next morning.

    I have just about resigned myself to putting up with the inevitable yet again and it makes a little easier to function without feeling I have to mainly preach to the converted .

    I have had my day in the protest movement but do not begrudge others their day even if I see little hope of change.

    On the PR bandwagon debate or should that be the runaway wagon. I believe what I want and don’t distract myself with players comments scripted or not. Some of you will recall ridiculous comments from the likes of Dyer Bellamy etc pre Ashley. Football was ever thus and any club in crisis would be failing themselves not to do what club is attempting.

    Just take it or leave it honestly it lessens the blood pressure.

  • goommy

    Oct 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Take him in ASAP!!

  • proud2bnufc

    Oct 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, keep dreaming… but could be a great move !


You must log in to post a comment.