The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle have three bids in for players, with one of them being for Schalke center-back Joel Matip.
We assume another one is for Marseilles winger Florian Thauvin, and maybe the other one is for Bas Dost or even Charlie Austin – although that’s just a guess.
Joel Matip – Newcastle have bid for this player
All bids have been placed within the last few days, so if that’s true it shows Newcastle may be waking up from their slumber of the past few weeks and trying to get some decent players into the squad.
It will be helpful if we can get some players in before the trip to America – and here’s the pre-season schedule.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|
So that’s two weeks before the first game is played on the US tour.
It looks like the coaching staff as we thought will include Ian Cathro, Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black.
There is a question as to who will be the goalkeeping coach – either Andy Woodman will stay or Eric Steele could come in.
That’s a (very) strong coaching team.
The main positions that need strengthening this summer are center-half and center-forward, so getting one of those in over the next two weeks would be good – we would certainly take Joel Matip and Charlie Austin.
Fan frustrations are growing because of the lack of action, and again it appears at least from the outside that Newcastle lack the ambition and drive to get the players into the club.
Other PL clubs are already strengthening their squads while Newcastle appear to be dithering – again.
It’s Lee Charnley’s job to drive the transfer deals this summer, and he’s coming off a poor performance this year, when he didn’t strengthen the side in January when it was obvious we were short of players.
But maybe he was given no money by Mike Ashley to strengthen the side, and that may be why Ashley took the responsibility for Newcastle almost taking the drop for the second time, since he bought the club eight years ago.
Announcing the coaching staff today will be positive – and then getting two good players in as soon as we can will help lift the gloom currently enveloping the club.
Who do you think we have bid for?