The two positions we have been weak in all season is at center-back and striker – and there are some good reasons for that.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
First of all we started the season without replacing Loic Remy – who refused to sign for us long term last summer – and joined Chelsea instead – although he isn’t getting much playing time in London this season.
And on the final day of the summer transfer window – for whatever reason – Newcastle allowed their fourth experienced center-back – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – to leave for a season long loan to Roma.
So we’ve only has three experienced center-backs all season, and now Steven Taylor has picked up another long term injury, and will be out for the rest of the season.
But the way Newcastle think these days (make that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley) – it’s possible we will not strengthen in either position in the January transfer window.
At center-back we have Australian Curtis Good who has just returned from a long term injury, and he’s now been at the club almost three years, and turns 22 in March – so the powers that be on Tyneside may want to see him get a run in the first team.
We also have two very good young center-backs in Lubo Satka and Remie Streete, and both played quite well in pre-season, so they could always get a run out in the second half of the season.
And in the summer we’ll have Jamaal Lascelles return from his season long loan spell at Nottingham Forest, and the England U21 International will push for a first team place on Tyneside.
That’s what Newcastle may not bother to bring in a center-back this month.
As far as striker goes, we’ve been very lucky that young Ayoze Perez has been so great for us so far this season, and Remy Cabella had a great game on Saturday at Chelsea – the best we’ve seen him play for Newcastle – and Remy can get us some goals.
Add to that the fact that Siem de Jong is due back from injury this month, and young Adam Armstrong needs games through the end of the season.
In addition, Manu Riviere needs games to adjust to the Premier League – and lo and behold – why do we need a striker brought in during the January transfer window.
In any case it’s always difficult to bring in top players in January and with a coach not in place at the club – and nobody pushing Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to buy a couple of players – Newcastle may not have to spend any money in January.
We could sign one or two younger players – like 20 year-old M’Baye Niang of AC Milan – but it now has to be doubtful that we will bring in either a striker or a center-back in the 19 days left of this transfer window.
What do you think?
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