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Newcastle Linked With Bundesliga Center-Back

8:00 am, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

23 year-old Schalke 04 defender Joel Matip has just one year left on his contract, and the 6’4″player could be offered to Newcastle according to the Chronicle, to shore up what was a very leaky defense last term, when we conceded 63 goals second only to QPR’s 73 goals conceded in the Premier League last term.

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Joel Matip – 23 year-old Schalke defender

In the previous two seasons we have conceded 59 goals and 68 goals,  so out defense has been poor for the last three years, and our goal difference hasn’t been too great either, and last season it was a poor -23.

So Newcastle somehow need to bring in some defenders and especially in central defense, which was a weak link in the Newcastle team last term.

Joel joined Schalke back in 2000 and is of Cameroon descent and he has just one year left on his contract, and hopefully we can get a good deal on the 26 times capped Cameroon International who can play in central defense or in defensive midfield.

The news is that he is keen on a move into the Premier League, and Joel made his Bundesliga debut back in November 2009 when he had just turned 18 against Bayern Munich, and he scored in the game which ended up in a draw.

Since then the player has played 212 times for Schalke with 18 goals, and last term he scored 3 goals in 25 appearances,  and his height would be another asset for Newcastle.

With 21 year-old English center-back Jamaal Lascelles joining us from Nottingham Forest in the summer, it is thought that at least one of our current three experienced center-backs – Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor or Fab Coloccini will leave the club.

That could be 28 year-old injury prone Steven Taylor, whose contract runs out next summer, as does that of Fabricio Coloccini, who had another poor season for us last term.

Newcastle had only three center-backs and two goalkeepers in the squad last season, and that’s not enough for a Premier League club, so we need four good center-backs and three good goalkeepers in the squad for the upcoming season.

Karl Darlow the 24 year-old former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper will also be joining us in the summer so that will also be a good addition to the squad.

And from what we can tell, Newcastle will make yet another safe and easy choice by bringing in Steve McClaren who was sacked by Derby County as the new head coach.

Steve seems to be deemed good enough for Newcastle United – even though he was sacked by Derby, and he knows Graham Carr at Newcastle – who seems to have enormous power at Newcastle at present.

Newcastle (Lee Charnley) seem more willing to maintain the status quo and have a cozy relationship with those who run the club, rather than signing a top coach who can make us successful again.

Where’s the ambition?

We think Joel Matip would be a decent enough signing for Newcastle in the summer and could come at a good price.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    If we apply the infamous ‘model’, the clods Charnley and Carr don’t need a manager’s input!

  • 2 cestriasteve // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    You got to laugh at this one!!! lee Ryders heads gone!!

  • 3 hibbit // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    what happens if Mc turns us down ……..carver what a night mare

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Given how long it is taking to get a Head Coach/Manager finalised, can we afford to wait until they are in place before failing to sign the required players?

    Lee has to get away on his holidays as well you know, he can’t ‘work’ 365 days a year. Poor lamb.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    You’re right – it’s the nightmare scenario. This is what happens when you never have a plan B.

  • 6 toonfan76 // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Morning people! Read an article this morning, off topic but it was about Lee Clark being keen on the Newcastle job. Just wondered what opinion we would all have if he was appointed. I for 1 would be willing to give him a crack at it.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    No AFCON this season, so that is a bonus for Matip, although their will be one the following year (and every other year after). He is a decent enough player, wouldn’t be my first choice. I’d prefer Papadopoulos from Schalke, although he has had a fair few injury problems with his shoulder over the last year or 2. Price has dropped dramatically though, and he is the aggressive, dominant centre half we need and is a leader.

    The injury thing is an issue and a bit of a sticking point, but no more so then the likes of Richards who we are also linked with.

  • 8 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Are you lee Clark 😉

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    No. Just no. As much as I liked the bloke as a player, he has hardly set the world alight as a manager. Maybe replacing Stone or Beardsley in a coaching capacity under a new boss, but certainly not as the main man.

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Who knows. Possibly Carver, it is a huge worry that he is even being mentioned as a candidate still. Is it today he is meant to be meeting the club to discuss his position?

  • 11 toonbrother // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    what is Remi Garde doing in a poll on the 3rd of June?

  • 12 cestriasteve // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:24 AM


    We should have signed Aymen Abdennour

  • 13 banjax // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Following yesterday’s non managerial event laid out in total confusion before us by our local media, it seems we are going to have more of it today with the Evening Chronicle stable wandering if Schteve is going to bring his own wing men. You might remember this follows stories of McClaren being the only candidate after Viera was de-selected, then we were told in late afternoon that McClaren was not even being considered or interviewed for the managers position. To put it bluntly we would all be better off tossing a coin or reading tea leaves because if the real truth is known, none of the media have a bloody clue what is going on and that is how big Mike likes it !

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    I think the fact that Bayern came in for him would have meant we wouldn’t have stood a chance anyway.

  • 15 cestriasteve // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Yeah, my nephew has been raving about him since before his loan to Monaco.

  • 16 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Doesn’t matter if we have a manager or not, Charnley and Carr will do what they like, irrespective of what anyone else wants or thinks

  • 17 toonfan76 // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Think I’m just desperate for it to be anyone but Mcclaren or Carver now. Guess the Lee Clark comment was me clutching at straws. Hoping for someone totally out of left-field now.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Yeah, the majority of the media have no idea what is going on. At most clubs they can make educated guesses, but with us decisions are made without any recognised thought process for football and the club.

    It seems haphazard, although I’m sure they follow some sort of employment matrix (friend, lacks ambition, not outspoken, patsy, happy to just have a job) – although it could just as likely be a few pictures, a blindfold and a handful of darts. A dartboard of mediocrity if you like currently containing pictures of Carver, McClaren, Dave King (for fun purposes) and a pot of tea. It would appear Lee has mastered hitting the tea.

    Still something will have to give soon, can’t say I’m hopeful at all.

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Hope away, but don’t set sights too high, as the inevitable crushing realisation that they haven’t looked further than ‘Lee and Graham’s big book of football contacts’ could be too much to take.

  • 20 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:38 AM


    It was always gonna be a McClaren type, no way is Ashley gonna change how the club is run now the money if flowing.

    If people believe the drivel he came up with on the last game of the season then more fool them, it was all PR as the locals we restless and needed to placated a little.

    It’s no coincidence that the season ticket deadline has been put back now is it

  • 21 firebug666 // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Fans forum have still had no reply or date for a meeting.

  • 22 cyprus // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    read your previous posts. Agreed on low profile development games.
    On Carroll, I’m guessing you don’t rate. When (emphasis, when) he plays he’s a handful for any team. Because he’s such a good target man people (even managers, I dare say) forget that he can also play football, control a ball, make space for others, etc. Not such a bad player, so you too would fall ill if we got him ? 😉
    This guy is better than your Austins, etc. The only small catch: injuries!

  • 23 toonfan76 // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Shame we can’t have an election of a manager, but that would require multiple managers all wanting the job. Then the season ticket holders could vote on who they wanted. Pipe dreams all the way but I guess this how we have fallen. The days of managers fighting for the job are long gone.

  • 24 Pokat // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    The reason nobody rates Carroll as a buy isn’t because of his lack of ability, it’s because his frame is wrong for the sport. He’ll always be injury prone.

  • 25 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    I think he is decent for what he is. I certainly wouldn’t call him an ‘amazing player’ as you claimed. He is decent on the deck and very good in the air, but he has done very little in his career to be classed as an amazing player. Be that due to physical flaws or personality flaws (a large amount of both I’d say) it doesn’t matter. An amazing player is such because he plays. Carroll has barely managed a quarter of a season since leaving us – where he really only had half a season of very good displays.

    Wouldn’t fall ill at all, I wouldn’t be totally against his signing, but only as a back up because he isn’t reliable enough to be our main man. He would be far too expensive for that, unless he agreed to a low basic with a high bonus structure, same with the transfer fee. Given that transfer funds are generally at a premium at NUFC, I think money could be better spent elsewhere.

  • 26 cyprus // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    In the strict literal sense, we do want them to have better relations with their ‘publics’, one of them being the fans. If you imply that he played the spin doctor or propaganda role, I doubt it mate. A shy person, who obviously is not a great speaker is not the best approach.
    No, he meant all that. Yes, he wanted to placate the masses, why not? If he was lying to himself, (then, to us), it’s another story.

    In any case, their PR efforts stink, as evidenced by his image here and the discontent. Fire that guy. Get someone who knows how to ‘work’ the masses and blogs such as this one! (hope he ain’t reading this)

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