Newcastle May Not Strengthen In January Transfer Window


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 before wba game

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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34 comments so far

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    What a surprise.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Tuff

    Tequila is wrong. You are clearly not a horse. You are obvioisly a parrot. Repeating the same stuff over and over. Who’s a pretty boy, then? Polly want a cracker?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    From last thread.

    I know the stats suggest otherwise but when you watched the games, his priority was clearly to support and create.

    Obviously given his build he also acted as target man and many of his goals came from loose balls in the box.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    It`s a shocker for sure.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Tuff

    I should add that many of your football opinions make plenty of sense, and i usually find myself in agreement (thats not to say they are right or wrong). I just think you need some new craic. Jovial or otherwise.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Never saw this coming. My flabber is utterly ghasted

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #7

    i could have told you that Ed.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed did you just realize that now?

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Everton are in the market for a keeper after Howard is ruled out for 6 weeks – any chance we can sell them Alnwick ????

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  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #10

    You’d think they’d have learned something by now.

    But no, as long as Ashley’s on the bridge, the good ship Newcastle United will drift, and when necessary, try to avoid stormy weather. One day it’ll sink!

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  • Barton

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle May Not Strengthen In January Transfer Window………..really ?,ha’way man tell us something we dont already know lol

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Very speculative article but I cant see us signing.

    I actually think a goalscoring winger and striker should be our priorities.

    Willo is frustrating to watch but we know he can do a job. and dummet is there too who IMO should be partnering Colo in Saylors absence leaving LB to be between Haidara and Santon.

    On the left wing we seem to be clutching this dream that Aarons can be our saviour. Very promising youngsters whos given a great account of himself but clearly needs to be wrapped in cotton wool at such a young age.

    Sammy has had flashes but is also renowned for being injury prone. Both are young and lack experience and this is shown in their decision making.

    Gouffran the less said the better. He should be converted as a back up striker as a last resort. He looked alright at times when he drifted inside off the ball against Chelski (first half at least).

    We have Perez and Cisse and I think thats enough in a 1 striker system to get us through with back up from Rivvy and Arma so unless we are going to sign a striker of Remy’s ability Id rather not get one at all.

    I think its our lack of threat from the wings that lets us down the most. Remy showed how good we can be if we have a real threat on the wing.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t expect MA to strengthen, we are built on profits. MA fills SJP so you can’t blame him, a few fans complain but most people just go with the flow.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    No Manager/Coach/TeachersPet/LapDog either.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Markaccus – trying to find new material is not easy -I think over time I’ve introduced some interesting bits and bobs onto the blog.
    the Ladies Wrestling forum gag is I believe a “killer”.
    The quest for new material is endless.

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  • BandB

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Half the squad is out of contract in the next 18 months, including about eight this summer. We hardly ever hear of contracts being renewed these days. Curiouser and curiouser.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #17

    BandB

    You still bored mate.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    just watching Sky News -they are reporting that Rangers have rejected Sarvers offer.
    So Mr Tubbs has a victory -yet again.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Every time i fall in love, crash boom bang.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #20

    BandB thats true and most of them are defenders. Willo Colo Saylor Santon. You would hope they have a strategy for managing this but I can`t see much evidence of that

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  • BandB

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Productive in bursts Squelchy.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s not easy being welshie

    Ha ha ha

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  • BandB

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #23

    tequila,

    Can’t the ones in their last six months make their own arrangements?

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Tuff

    Wasn’t the offer only an extra 2M this time? (I say only, but its not really much in footy terms).

    I still get the impression that they don’t really want to sell to anyone.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Mister Tuff
    I think MA has something going on we don’t know about.
    But I’m not sure if it means he intends to sell us because he’s making a fortune out of NUFC.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    tequilamag never had strategy to replace the manager so don’t thing 4 defenders will be that important no need to worry

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #27

    ffs..we need a goddamn CB…at least get nastasic on loan for 6 months..

    carver manager, sissoko sold, cisse sold and williamson our star defender.. fu***** joke..

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    BandB they can. Off the top of my head that includes Sammi Jonas and Ryan Taylor at the moment. I would like to keep Sammi

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #29

    I believe Pardew was told as much in December and this coupled with the Fact in some fans eyes, he could do no right for doing wrong he chose to Jump Ship and hedge his bets at the Palace !

    Its now a question of time before we begin our usual annual second half of season slippery slide towards the bottom the table? More than likely only just Staying Up? Only Just !

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #30

    I thought this was an interesting article yesterday:
    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/newcastle-united-wages-bill-hasnt-gone-8-years/?

    “It’s a system designed to position Newcastle United as nothing more than a feeder club to other teams. One that would never see the club compete in any meaningful way. It may be a system that was deemed necessary if the club were to become self-financing, but now that this modest goal has been achieved, the question is whether it’s one that can evolve, so the club begin to keep more talent and discard more of the garbage.”

    We all hope that now MA will invest the money that the club is making into to the first team squad, but all suspect that things will remain the same.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jan 12, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #31

    What i find Typical is that at the same time a story broke about Newcastle being interested in a 31year old Danish International winger from Celta Vigo?

    Ajax signed a Danish under 18 International Striker, Nikki Zimling, who by all reports is going to be developed into a Full Danish International at Ajax?
    Where is the Scouting Team who are supposed to be looking out for new talent? Alax paid under 1 Mil for this Talent, but then who would not want to be playing under FDB ! It would seem would,nt it that Ajax are a nuch better prospect than us !

    But then again Which player will be signing for us without a Head Coach at the Helm ?

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  • robertsleftfoot

    Jan 12, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #32

    If we dnt get a new manager in, and we dont get any players then it is safe to say relegation battle here we come

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  • nufc 11

    Jan 12, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33

    They siad at the last agm they won’t be making any signings this month. If they they just come out and say that now its closure on the matter. Instead they traditionally make noises about making moves only to leave fans hanging on to the last minute to do nothing which is highly aggravating to fans. I think nufc coin the phase we couldn’t get him over the line.

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  • Blackstarbullet

    Jan 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #34

    I believe the majority of people don’t think we’ll make any signings in January. We have too many new signing ready to return to bolster our squad, namely Santon, De Jong, Aarons, Raylor, Good, Abeid & Jonas ( See he scored tonight but will Carver dare pick him )

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