Steve McClaren is hoping that Chancel Mbemba’s delayed signing will finally be completed today, when the three man committee of the FA will finally get around to meeting to give the player their approval, so that he can then get a visa.
With Newcastle waiting almost a week for that to happen, hopefully everything else is in place to get the deal sealed as soon as today.
Chancel Mbemba at Anderlecht – could sign today
And given the two performance of the second team at Portland and last night at York City we don’t seem to have much cover in defense at all.
Newcastle don’t have much strength is depth, and therefore Newcastle must still sign some players in the transfer window.
In addition to that wed like to see some of our experienced players who may not start next season, still be kept at the club to strengthen the squad.
We get more injuries than any other Premier League club so they will all get plenty of playing time next season.
Steve McClaren was asked if he thinks the deal for the DR Congo International will go through today, and he had this to say in the Chronicle:
“I hope so.¨ ¨I think it’s going to be positive. We hope to confirm that soon.”
Newcastle are also trying to get a few more players signed as soon as possible.
Apart from Mbemba, Newcastle are working on getting three additional players to the club, as we reported last night.
It seems the main requirement is a top class center-back to pair with Chancel Mbemba, but with Coloccini injured, we may have to play Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson a week on Sunday against Southampton in our first Premier League game.
That’s an area we have known has been a weakness for the last few years, and we can help solve that by signing a top class center-back as soon as possible.
The form of Newcastle’s second team in pre-season should also tell Lee Charnley and company that we need more players brought in before September rolls around.
We have the money and hopefully the will to do that.
We need to spend the money, and if we can get another three good players in after Mbemba signs, then it can even be said that Mike Ashley was true to his word when he said he would make big money available this summer.
It was always going to be up to the Newcastle Board as to how that money was spent – that’s part of their job these days in the new structure at the club.