If you look at Newcastle’s defensive record over the last two seasons and through this season so far, it’s obvious from our goals against record – that it’s just not good enough for the Premier League.
Steven Taylor in action at Gillingham
We had hoped the club would strengthen the defense over the summer, but that hasn’t happened and over the last two seasons we have conceded a total of 127 goals, and this season so far, in our first seven games, we are averaging two goals conceded a game – and that’s the third worst record in the Premier League.
So with that background, it is not too surprising that Newcastle are going to try to strengthen their defense in January, and news today in the Chronicle that local lad Steven Taylor may not be part of that.
The news a couple of days ago was that Newcastle were looking to bring in an English style center-back in January, after the club surprisingly allowed French International defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to go out on loan for the season to Roma, leaving Newcastle with only three experienced center-backs.
Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini have not played particularly well this season so far, so the fact that Steven cannot force himself into the starting line-up at the moment should be some cause for concern.
Steven is understood to be frustrated at his lack of opportunities under Alan Pardew, but Steven has also said he would like to stay at Newcastle through the end of his contract – which runs out in June of 2016 – when he will become a free agent.
And news that Steven is once again changing his agent – which is Willie McKay at the moment.
It’s very possible that Newcastle will get some funds from Roma for the permanent sale of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January – maybe as much as £4M?
But money should be available at the club, because we spent about £2M net this year in the transfer market, after we sold Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy for a total of about £32M to PSG and Arsenal respectively.
And we also think that when the financial results are announced for the last financial year through June 30th this year, Newcastle will have made record revenues and record profits.
So money is available – the question is whether Mike Ashley is willing to spend it.
If we are in the bottom three come January – we think he will be willing to spend – at least some of it.
What do you think?
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