McClaren Strengthens Newcastle’s Spine – But More Needed


It’s often said that the spine of the team – the players operating through the middle of the park, is the heart of the team and a good measure of how good a team is.

It’s interesting that Steve McClaren’s first three signings for Newcastle are a central midfielder – Georginio Wijnaldum, followed by a center-forward – Aleksandar Mitrovic, followed by a center-back finally signed today – Chancel Mbemba.

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Chancel Mbemba – signed today from Anderlecht

The one other part of the spine is the goalkeeper.

Our goalkeeper Tim Krul had a poor second half of last season, but so did most of our players, and Tim seems keen on staying on Tyneside after 10 years – now that he finally persuaded Gini to signb after years of trying.

🙂

It seems Tim is very keen to get back to his best form and he’s looked good in pre-season.

Here’s the ins and outs in the transfer market Newcastle have made so far this summer.

Incoming Transfers.

PlayerFeeClub
INCOMING
Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
OUTGOING
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

Outgoing Transfers.

PlayerFeeClub
Davide Santon2.5MInter-Milan
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 Month LoanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 Month LoanCrawley

Those are good moves by the club to send Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman out for six month loan so they can get first team games, and good it’s been done before August rolls around.

And with Sammy Ameobi being given a two year deal in the summer, he has a chance if he really shines for Cardiff City next season to still have a career back at Newcastle.

But the likelihood is that he’s played his last game in Newcastle’s colors.

Those three players we have brought in are all very good signings – so who else do we need?

Our weakness last season was a difficulty in scoring goals and we also conceded too many goals – so another top center-back and another striker are needed.

We are going after Charlie Austin of  QPR and he would be a good buy, and there are several top center-backs we have been linked with this summer and we should be able to sign one of them.

We’ve been linked with Joel Matip of Schalke, Joel Veltman of Ajax, Aymen Abdennour of Monaco, Douglas of Dynamo Moscow and Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi.

Charlie and a top center-back may cost at least £25M together.

And then  another midfielder like Florian Thauvin of Marseilles could be signed, and if the news is to be believed we have just had a £12M offer for him turned down.

If we can get three new players through the door – it will cost us about £37M and maybe more – so there’s a likelihood that we could spend over £70M this summer – and that would be a huge amount for this Newcastle to spend.

Why do I not believe we will spend £70M this summer?

If we can three more good players through the door, then this will have been a good summer transfer window for Newcastle United.

And if all that happens then Mike Ashley will have kept his word and given big money to the Newcastle Board to spend, as he had promised on May 24th.

It would then be hard to argue that Mike hasn’t kept his word – you could try – it’s just the facts would be against you.

But all those good signings will guarantee nothing, and Steve McClaren and the players – urged on by the fans – will have to start getting some good results in both the Premier League and both cups.

If that happens then we must have decent chance of having a good season coming up.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


105 comments so far

  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully there is more to come harrumph!!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Southampton looking great so many pacy players on the counter attack we need to get our act together or it could be a spanking !!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad Arma and the young keeper have gone on loan, send Bigi out as well and sell Ferguson to Hartlepool.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Orginal source, some say it’s not his car.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Lardmeister/tweets

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Southampton we will wait next Saturday

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 30, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Why the hell did we not buy Tadic instead of Rivere or Cabella?!? Great player

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  • firebug666

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Mr Magpie

    Sorry for the late reply but I had visitors call in.

    From Previous

    Mr Magpie // Jul 30, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Firebug
    What do you think, maybe a move for Steve Harper as gk coach might be an option?

    He said today on twitter, he has just completed his A badge. When asked if he fancied the Newcastle GK coach job he replied:

    I’m not finished GK; on the other opportunity, If Carlsberg did football jobs………….

    Or something like that.

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  • Jack

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Night folks!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    LCBP,
    Why did we not buy Gomis or Mick Quinn instead of Riverie.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Where has the rumblings of special signing emanated from? Did it come from Lee Ryder?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #11

    We still need 8 new players. I want to see us sign the following:

    Van Dijk – £8m
    Sebastian Corchia – £3m
    Terence Kongolo/Stefano Denswil – £3.5m
    Thauvin – £13m
    Shaquiri – £13m
    Leroy Fer – £7m
    Clement Grenier – £9m
    Aubameyang – £19m

    That’s £75.5m that we need to spend. We can then afford to get rid of the following:

    Williamson – £1.5m
    Saylor – £2.5m
    Dummett – £1.5m
    Shane Ferguson – £400k
    Bigirimana – £1m
    Obertan – £3m
    Gouffran – £3m
    Riviere – £4m
    Colback – £8m
    Tiote – £9m

    Total sales = £33.9m

    Net spend = £41.6m

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #12

    god ive missed your lists kets 🙂

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Why did we not buy a particularly interesting rock instead of Riviere?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #14

    @Jail for Ashley

    Sad thing is we would have been better keeping Shola than playing Riviere or Chucky!!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Team and squad for next season:

    Krul

    Janmaat Mbemba Van Dijk Kongolo

    Thauvin Sissoko Shaqiri

    Marveaux

    Mitrovic Aubemeyang

    Subs:

    Darlow
    Corchia
    Haidara
    Coloccini
    Lascelles
    Anita
    Cabella
    Fer
    Abeid
    De Jong
    Grenier
    Cisse
    Aarons
    Perez

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #16

    LaurentRobert

    Think it came from Ryder and the media hyping up McClaren saying that some of the names on the clubs lists haven’t been linked in the media yet; thus making some put 2 and 2 together

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Charlie Austin not at Southampton game just tweeted Fury what a film.

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  • voodoo85

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Kets @9

    Think some of your outgoing fee’s are ambitous – cant see anyone bidding £3m for Obertan or Gouffran, likewise your fees for Colback / Tiote etc

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  • firebug666

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #19

    LaurentRobert

    I read something, might have been in the Chronicle, that we were after another three players, and that one of them was for an eight figure sum.

    This youngster could be one, but as for the supposed other two, who knows?

    I still think the press (like the rest of us) are just guessing.

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  • voodoo85

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Firebug @19

    I read that too from this article:

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/newcastle-united-struggling-shift-fringe-9726704

    “The club are pressing on with plans to improve the squad, with Chancel Mbemba the third of the club’s new summer signings – and at least one more planned before the season’s kick-off in August. Newcastle want to bring in another two or three players, with one of those a potential eight-figure signing.”

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Ketsbaia

    I think you shod download football manager 😉

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Should*

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Liverpool, and Firebug, cheers for that, just wondering. I hope it’s Shaqiri, but who knows. Could just be propaganda filler hype.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Ah Kets, how I’ve missed this – i take it from this list you’re not a fan of Gini the Geordie?! Oh and Arsenal have already been quote £30m+ for PEA.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Ketsbia – no Wijnaldum?

    Not a chance in hell we will sign that many players. It takes us two or 3 weeks to sign each player.

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Kets

    Nowt wrong with your maths – a little ambitious though, don’t you think – a nett spend of £41m on top of the £35m or so that’s been spent so far this window!

    Could it be you’ll use Mitrovic, Wljdnum and Mbemba in another wishful context?

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Not to mention the wages of Shaqiri and obi

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #28

    personally I loved kets’ ambition for saylor at 2.5..

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d love some of that stuff kets is on.

    Fantastic.

    Perhaps palace have been using his valuations of players when submitting a £9m plus add-ons bid for Connor “I’ll score some towards the end of the season” Wickham.

    Mind officially boggled.

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #30

    I think he may be on that horse tranquilliser

    Ketbuyer

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ll admit it doesn’t take much to boggle my mind (got in their before anybody else) but Jesus wept that is ludicrous.

    He’s shite lol

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  • cyprus

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Let’s I respect your steadfast positions but what you have there is half of another team. And to make room for an unproven favourite of yours – Marveaux – you dismiss our Scholes – Colback. Naugthy

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #33

    @Average Contents – Nah Pardew is so far behind the times, he’s probably just seen that goal he scored v Sheff U and thinks he still plays at Ipswich.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Let’s- Kets

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Sorry but Jacky C will never be Scholes. Not in footballing terms anyways, he could get away with it on stars in their eyes

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #36

    My pal is a Celtic fan and a toon fan and he’s not enamoured with Van Dijk’s chances in the Premier League. Says he’s made to look better than he is up there.

    Different people have different views though I suppose. He says himself that he’ll eat his hat if he goes to the Premier League and does well.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #37

    But check- does he actually wear a hat?

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  • cyprus

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #38

    I have a feeling Southampton are in for an unexpected spanking. Let’s see…

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  • firebug666

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #39

    voodoo85

    Thanks mate I thought is was the Chronicle. Nice to have it confirmed though.

    We might (and I do mean might) get six points of the makems this season. It’s about time we turned these derbies around.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Sombrero, Cyprus. Bit of a mouthful.

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