The January transfer window opens in less than two months time, and Alan Pardew said during his press conference yesterday, the club would be looking at what needs to be done with the squad.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – will money be available?
At the beginning of the season, and certainly after collecting just 3 points form our first six games, the need was for a striker, a center-back and a central midfield play-maker, since Yohan Cabaye was never replaced last January or in the summer.
As for our strikers, we have seen that young Ayoze Perez is more than useful, and when Papiss Cisse has played, he’s looked good and already has more PL goals this season than he scored in all of last season.
Manu Riviere needs more time, as does Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra, who had a good game for the U21 side earlier in the week.
As for center-back Mike Williamson has been injured most of the season, but Steven Taylor has shown some good form – but we are still short of a center-back, after not replacing Yanga-Mbiwa, when he went out on loan to Roma.
As for a play-maker we had an article out earlier this week that 23 year-old Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier could be a great buy for Newcastle, and plays in a similar way to Cabaye.
Alan Pardew was asked yesterday if the club was looking at what was needed to be done in the January transfer market:
“Yes, the last window worked for us as we tried to analyse and find a formula.” “We need to assess ourselves again, certainly start looking at January,
“If there’s business we need to do or something we need to keep a close watch on.”
Of the three above requirements, maybe the number one priority is to bring in another center-back – and Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk remains a top target – although we have also seen that Paul Dummett can play at center-back, and he gave an excellent performance at Manchester City.
But with the contracts of Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor having only 18 months to run, January could be a good time to bring in a top center-back.
Clement Grenier has been out with a groin injury so far this season, so maybe a move for him in January would not be on – and it remains to be seen if we can bring in a top striker in January.
That would probably depend on how well Manu Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra (and Ayoze Perez) perform in the next couple of months.
And there have been noises that Newcastle may sell Cheick Tiote in January, but hopefully the owner has learned that selling a top central midfielder half way through the season impacts a side.
That’s what happened last season, when we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG, and suffered the consequences.
The worry we have is that if Newcastle are fairly safe in the league table come January, then Mike Ashley will not want to spend any money – sound familiar?
But with the time it takes players to settle in on Tyneside these days, getting players in during the January window would seem to be a good move.
What do you think?
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