Newcastle Taking A Huge Risk If They Do This


Anything can happen in the Premier League and anything can happen at Newcastle,  and what’s still in our minds is our terrible slump in the second half of last season.

At the moment we are 9 points worse off then we were after 22 games played last season, and one problem we have is that we don’t have a head coach and we’ll not appoint one until the summer, from what Lee Charnley was saying yesterday – so that’s already one strike against us

Cheick Tiote at West+Ham

Cheick Tiote – don’t sell him in January

After 22 games played last season we had 36 points, after we had beaten West Ham 3-1 away with two goals from Yohan Cabaye, who was then sold to PSG.

Charnley mentioned that it was not Newcastle’s intention to do much business in this month’s transfer market – or in any January transfer market, and that’s maybe one big reason Alan Pardew left quickly when he had an escape route open up to Crystal Palace.

And Lee mentioned that January was always a difficult window to negotiate, but it hasn’t stopped Newcastle from selling Carroll, Demba Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye in three of the last four January windows for a total of £62M and not replacing them.

Here’s what Lee said during his interview yesterday about transfer windows and Newcastle’s approach:

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What will happen in the January transfer window?

I saw the stuff Gary Lineker tweeted saying we’re hanging back from appointing a head coach so we don’t have to sign anyone which isn’t correct. Are we delaying to get through the January window? Absolutely not.

In all honesty, the January window is not one we ever envisaged being particularly active in. That’s partly because of the amount of business we did in the summer but also because January is a difficult market to operate in.

There are very few options whereby a club can achieve the quality required and also get value. There is often a reason as to why a player might be available in January.

We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January because of where we were in the league and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost.

As a general principle, January’s not an attractive window. Another important thing to note and something often not mentioned is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we’re currently at 25.

Will Newcastle sell any players?

I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver. You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers.

We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers, despite that perception. As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.

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There is news that Arsenal are after Cheick Tiote, and Moussa Sissoko has made it clear that if any offers come in for him he would be interested in moving to a bigger and more ambitious club.

Without a manager in place there’s nobody even resisting selling a top player if the right bid comes in over the next couple of weeks.

But Newcastle have already been adversely affected by letting Alan Pardew leave – and it would be a huge risk if Newcastle sell wither Sissoko or Tiote this month.

We need both of them to help us get sufficient points so we are not in another relegation fight.

It looks like it may be boring through the rest of the season for Newcastle, but we don’t want that to change because we are in a relegation fight. 🙁

Once the summer comes  is the time to look at selling players – because then we have time to replace them – and maybe the summer could be a good time to let Cheick finally leave – but not this month.

That would be reckless.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    If Arsenal did offer £9m for Tiote I would be happy to let him go. Sickened me when he took a selfie in an Arsenal shirt, and his form of late has been poor, add to that he is 29 now for me it would be snatching their hands off.

    Bigger question would be are we prepared to replace him this window, or wait the usual 5 years while doing due diligence on his replacement.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s a joke.

    I don’t have a problem if we lose top players to bigger clubs this happens.

    The difference is he has admitted we are not going to rush to replace because they are obsessed with bargains and value for money. This is all about making money from future sales that is all. There is no ambition here, no building.

    Every season will risk being derailed if the price is right. That’s very wrong in my view and far far from ambitious. Southampton have shown what should be done at a proper football club which wants to compete, they replace quickly in good time to give the club the best possible of chance of competeing. That’s how it’s done. You don’t shop about looking for out of contract players/managers, loopholes and take over a yr to do it while the squad and coaching staff suffer.

    The team suffers, the coaching staff and fans suffer.

    Results suffer as we are all to aware.

    Pathetic.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Firebug,
    I think Tiote has replacements within the squad. Not exactly a like for like, but other players who can do a role in their. If he was sold I’d prefer the money going towards a commanding leader in central defence, or a strong, goalscoring centre forward.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe

    I actually agree mate, I would too. but even if Tiote did go this month can you honestly see them brining in another player?

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  • firebug666

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    *bringing

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  • banjax

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #6

    A lot of things have to change at Newcastle with ambition being the number one. Without the ambition to win cups and the league, as we are seeing, our best players want to move on having used Newcastle as a stepping stone to greater achievements. Charley and Co had better put that right or lose customers by the bucket load because we supporters are totally hacked !!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Firebug,
    Not really, I never expected them to unless we lost Cisse, then I would expect someone coming in, maybe a loan again.

    Was chatting with a mate the other day about Arsenal’s interest in Sissoko, but it could apply with Tiote as well. If we are to lose one of those two this month to Arsenal then why not push for Walcott as a loan deal plus the reported £9million.

    I’m not normally a fan of loan deals, but he would offer a lot of what we need, and for him and Arsenal it gives him game time at the top level while he recovers. With Ozil, Sanchez, the Ox, Cazorla etc. all vying for similar roles, it may be something that would interest Arsenal.

    It would certainly improve our options out wide, as well as an extra option up front. Ashley wouldn’t have to commit cash, and it allows Charnley to do his due diligence on potential signings for the summer.

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    i dnt even think we many get any decent manager…coz,we will be in the champianship nxt season

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    There we are, to paraphrase….

    “No new players this month”
    “No new manager until summer”
    “Will sell ANY player this month for the right price”

    Relegated.

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m sick of being “managed” by this club.

    Spin, spin, spin to cover up for Ashley’s cheapskate ownership and all the pain he causes.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Lilongwe

    For me loan deal work if we have an option to buy, problem is our club always seem to be doing things the hard way.

    Loic Remy never wanted to play for us in the first place, and was never going to stay, we miss his goal though. I think Luuk de Jong would have stayed, but because the inept one used him out of position, when he actually got on the field he looked jaded, his link up play between midfield and attack was pretty good, and he set up a few chances that others missed, but we decided no deal.

    I would love Walcott to come here, but I just don’t see him as a player who would want to stay with us, and I think his loan fees and wages would have Ashley in to a state of shear panic, or selling of a few more shares so he can calm himself cuddling into his green stuff.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Firebug,
    No loan fee, I’d want it built in to the transfer. Wouldn’t expect him to come in permanently.

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  • c-dog

    Jan 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    The likes of Gouff, Anita, Riviere are not premier league quality.

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