Review – Newcastle Have Done Well – But Still Need More Players


Newcastle have done well so far this season in getting two top players through the door – Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic – and they cost £27M for the two, and we should be able to get Chancel Mbemba signed by the end of the week once the FA gives approval for his visa.

That’s three good players through the door for around £35.5M – but we still need three more good players for it to be the summer transfer window we were all hoping for.

georginio wijnaldum
mitrovic at newcastle

Wijnaldum and Mitrovic already signed

It’s hard to criticize Mike Ashley so far for not paying out the money, with our two signings being the third and fourth most expensive in Newcastle’s history, and we are supposed to be zoning on on Charlie Austin, and according to various reports are trying to do the deal this week – maybe offering Haris Vuckic in part exchange.

So with 10 days to go before the Premier League season starts, fans will be happy enough if we get Chancel through the door to make it three good players signed this season – all starters for the team – since they are better than what we already have.

The next target has to be Charlie Austin, so we get two strikers in this summer, and then we need a top class center-back as the next highest priority.

We’ve been linked with some excellent center-backs including Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, Schalke’s Joel Matip, Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour, Ajax’s Joel Veltman and Dynamo Moscow’s Douglas – a former target of ours.

Either one of those center-backs would improve the Newcastle back four,  with center-back being our Achilles heel for a few seasons now .

It’s not just last season that we leaked too many goals, but over the last three seasons we conceded 190 goals  – which is simply terrible – and a pointer to Steve McClaren as to the big weakness with the Newcastle team.

A top center-back will make it four players through the door, and then maybe a couple of midfielders – or even a versatile right back who can play across the back four would be good.

Steve McClaren has said more than once that if the right players are not available, Newcastle will not bring in players just for the sake of it – and that seems OK.

But it does look like this January window will offer an opportunity for Newcastle to get some players into the club, although it’s more difficult to do half way through the season.

Three more good players in addition to the three we already have could make this the best transfer window seen at Newcastle for many years.

We’d also like to see a couple of our center-backs who have experience in the Premier League stay at the club – as well as Papiss Cisse.

With Papiss, that’s even if we get two strikers in because we need a strong squad this season, and we should keep some our players who can still do a job for us – assuming we can afford the wage bill.

The hard stuff then starts when we meet Southampton a week on Sunday and hopefully challenge for the top eight – and try to win a cup.

If we have Mbemba and Charlie though the door by then, it should be a sell-out at St. James’ Park, and hopefully we can start the season with all 3 points.

Comments welcome.


83 comments so far

  • bob

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle,have just had a bid for Thauvin, rejected from Marseille.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out!

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  • Jack

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Out Ashley!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    BobbyBee
    I’ve had the exact same exchanges. Many armchair fans don’t get it. They organise boycotts from other countries and have never been to SJP in their lives, never mind living through the rank bad times. What gets me, and clearly gets you, are those who slag ST holders off for giving Ashley their money.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    And now some of these boycotters are claiming credit for Ashley spending some money. Somewhat delusional.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Jeff,
    I wasn’t having a pop at anyones age just the I’m a better supporter because I stood in the cold at Shrewsbury yarn.
    Who had to be pulled by whom on Carvers accent, I remember jeff from benwell getting particularly irate over my taking the mick over how thick John Carver came accross, I have a strong Geordie accent my self.
    You talk about the NUST like they are an anti establishment organisation where the reality is that they want the best for the club and its supporters. You are a Thatcherite and Ashley is a love child spawned from her policies and you can’t seperate him from OUR club.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    any linc’s for game tonight ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Blackley,
    You take solace in the fact that you knew Pardew would be sacked along with Carver at the end of last season and that Ashley would have appeared on TV because he felt it was about time.

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    This concept of armchair fans not loving something as much because they have never been there, or not go as regularly amuses me………….I suppose expats are less loyal to the country they moved out of because they dont see it everyday. I suppose I love my mum more than my brother because I went round last week and he didn’t….please, come on. Is there really a discussion to be had here

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  • Jack

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Bobby

    Yes, what he said isn’t great, but it coincides with how a lot of toon fans felt during the end of last season. Where they were saying that they would love us to get relegated if it meant Ashley went.

    But that’s what football does to you, if it feels like something is stopping the potential in your team, and that the passion and soul is being ripped out of the club-commonly used term on here- then a normal reaction to something you love is to stand against that!

    I don’t have a problem with the people that go to games because its your money and you are free to do with what you like. I don’t buy that he just decides to change his ways after 8 years of the same shjte. I believe the fans caused a change and it was great to see us connected as fans rather then disjointed as the norm, mainly due to the lack of communication by the club!

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #11

    3 great signings so far but i do agree we need atleast 2 more signings ! another cb and a right winger imo unless cabella shows he’s worth 12mil on the right wing that is.

    saying that if we get 3 signings of this quality without letting any of the better players go every window i will be a very very happy boy.

    sign rolando up now ffs.

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  • Barton

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Still waiting on my ST,contacted the ticket office and was told they were sent out last friday,well i’m still ruddy waiting lol

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  • Derek

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed reckons fans will be happy enough if we get Chancel through the door to make it three players signed this season.

    Who else agrees with this?

    How about a poll Ed?

    “Will you be happy if Winjaldum, Mitrovic and Mbemba are our only signings for this season?” Yes/No.

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  • Jack

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Those 3 aren’t enough, attacking should be fine but I worry badly for the defence. Chancel needs to adapt remember, not looking good! But there is still time.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #15

    B&B. I’ve always maintained there are levels of supporters. There’s those who go to overseas friendly tours, like the late john and liam and others. Those who go home and away. Those who go to home games, and armchair fans. We are all fans together, but like it or not, ST holders help to keep the club alive. Without fans who attend home games, there would be no club – dead simple. If it wasn’t for those fans, armchair fans – who love the club equally – wouldn’t have a team to follow. I’m a ST holder and proud of it. Why fans who aren’t ST holders feel the right to tell those who are, to give it up is beyond me completely. Nor will they ever succeed with me – or you obviously. I know my fiery temper probably doesn’t help me much, but it’s just passion, nothing more. That idiot – a milder word than I would like to use – who wants to see the club die, rather than Ashley own it, just got my goat totally. How can people who don’t go, boycott games? I’ve heard it all now 😉 Loyal fans have never been the problem. Boycotters are not the problem. Ashley has been the problem, but if he’s now prepared to pay for quality players, why should we care where the money comes from?. I’m a football fan, not a politician.

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  • Magpie Season

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    From a previous post:

    Palmer – ‘If we sign otamendi you guys can all shag my wife’.

    Mate, what if we win a trophy?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Barton, if it doesn’t show up, go to the box office on the matchday with proof of id and they’ll gladly issue a new one and cancel the old one. It happened with my son once and we had no problems.

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  • tweaked

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    I will be happy if just get another CB to partner chancel.. colo and taylor as their backup

    going forward i think we have some goals, the dutch link up of De jong and ginio could be our rijkard and bergkamp mix

    we cannot afford to hemorrhage goals like we have the past couple of seasons

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    The 3 players we have are not enough and I think most supporters would go along with that. There is an argument we can make it to January and reassess. Whilst we tend to always have an injury crisis I think its fair to say that Collo, Taylor, Willo, Mbemba (if/when signs), Dummett, Janmaat and Haidaira would all be able to cover the relevant positions even if there were injuries and suspensions up to January…………….problem is the defence would be as bad or worse than last year and we are putting all our faith in coaches getting more from the players we have.

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  • Jack

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby

    Is there a reason you have ignored my post? Just wondering…

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Bobby
    When you find yourself getting furious as all genuine supporters do , remember there is no safeguard in place to stop Mackems posting on this blog .
    You must have Mackem acquaintances, as do I , that really hate the Toon ,yet have an unbelievable knowledge of our goings on and personnel.
    Again no names no pack drill but the law of averages dictates there must be some that infest this blog

    Flipping Heck Australia 82 for 5

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  • Terry

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Being blunt I simply don’t recognise some people on here as the type of fan I’ve been going to the match with for years.More like squabbling school girls who are trying to prove who’s dads biggest.This is a football blog?

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Jack

    I’m boycotting and have been for a couple of years, I have no issues with those that wish to go to watch games etc. The only time I’ve felt let down by some of those was when they’d sit silently for 90 mins. If you go support the team, protest against Ashley etc.

    If Bobby or others wish to attend who am I to tell them not to? However if things start going south and quick then these are the very souls we will require in SJP to lift us or protest against Ashley. Both parties are right in there own ways on this, those that attend because they love the club and can see some sort of change (hopefully) and those like me who think it’s only a matter of time with MA before the circus comes back into town. We need to unite as fans!!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    But no one should be chastising someone for attending and vice versa not attending. I’d love to go watch mitrovic but won’t back down until I see Ashley do a complete 180….could take the fat git some time though

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  • Jack

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Exactly Our Toon, agree completely!

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #26

    @12 derek

    my view is ;

    at the start it was 5 signings min knowing or thinking i knew we would not get them !

    they included 2 strikers 2 cb’s and a winger.

    however i never expected we would actually sign 3 players nvm the quality of those 3 that we have got ! which brings me to another problem i now have.

    now that we have players that can push for europe we need a full 11 of them min to be able to get there or risk losing them !

    i’m i happy with the 3 ? yes
    do i think we need more ? yes
    is 3 enough to get us into europe ? not imo
    and will not getting into europe mean our better players leave next year making it very hard to get this much quality again ? imo yes

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  • Barton

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #27

    @16
    I will do/be m8.,its the grief of the Mrs thats doing my head in,she hates me “wasting” as she puts it the money,but thats what i get for marrying a makum i supose lol.

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I dont think our defence is worse then last years..

    Lescalles to replace willo (everyones better than willo, so..even if lescalles is not experienced, hes already better)
    Mbemba to replace colo..

    And also..If we start playing possesion football and not hoofball.. Our defence wont be exposed as much..

    But we do need another tall quality cb..

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah well barton, self inflicted injuries lmao, 🙂

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  • magscar

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    BobbyBee@14

    Agree with you about level of fans but would add that the level at which you are at is governed by not only your passion. I am thinking of financial, geographical and family commitments for example which can sooner or later affect your passion.

    I admire your personal commitment given your circumstances and although I give up my ST a while ago for personal reasons I totally agree with you that it isn’t for others to call those who still go.

    On the boycott I have said previously that it IMO it was of no more than a minor impact and still wonder where we would be at if Crystal Palace hadn’t come calling after sacking Warnock. Would Pardew still be here? Those who backed the success of the boycott presumably would say he would still be gone but I am not so sure.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #31

    mrtuff- I am responding to your silly and misrepresenting post because I sense your not in a good place. Is it alright for you to liken me by name to all sort of historic villains and not expect a jokey response. Well it had the desired impact because it shut you up, albeit briefly.
    It was such a proposteros claim that a reasonable person would assume it was a joke- I have no knowledge of your whereabouts and have no wish to learn. Your behaviour is mildly irritating but nothing I can’t deal with when the need arises. You are a moth to a flame with your irascible unprovoked outbursts. You are the biggest elephant in the room and your actions and ill mannered behaviour has driven countless toon football fans from the blog. Bills being one – these are people who have been bullied. This is not apparently, seemingly but actually. In the real world it would not be tolerated. You’ve simply lost any sense of fair play that you might have had.
    I more than satisfied Ed nearly 3 years ago over any suggestion of bad behaviour. Since when you and your cohort have adopted a policy of linking me with countless posters – I notice that frequently it has been shortly after they have had a disagreement with you. You pride yourself with having forensic skills but not in respect to me I assure you. Ask yourself what would be the point I believe I can support my own claims and arguments as I am required to do on a daily basis in the real world.
    Mr Tuff – I don’t eat children and bathe in the blood of the poor. Stop your silly and childish taunts and claims. You should understand human nature and that lies do not bother the self assured.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #32

    @27 night

    i dont think its all bad tbh as we all said colo needs a faster partner besides him as he reads the game well and tbh he now has that in mbemba and lescalles who is still a way off what he should be but as you say he’s still better than willo !

    theres no doubt our defence is better than last year and tbf i think its now on par with the mid table teams !

    however it could be on par with the top 6 with just a little more 😉

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib loves to sh** stir doesn’t he……bullied my ar**

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #34

    90 for 6

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  • magscar

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Been waiting for the conspiracy theorists to link BandB and her alter ego of BobbyBee – one went quiet when other emerged on here. Only joking 😉

    All this multiples stuff plays with you head.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Think the lad a t Celtic, van Dyk, would be quality addition to our squad

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  • Jack

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Multiple posters blah blah blah

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Ian toon – You talk crap as well….lies dont bother the self-assured……please

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes officer I lied to you…..but if you were self assured it would not matter…..not my fault guv’nor

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  • JackButler

    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Multiple-personality disorder

    A rare dissociative disorder in which two or more personalities with distinct memories and behaviour patterns apparently exist in one individual.

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