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.
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?