Newcastle have done quite well so far this summer in getting Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba through the door for around £35M – but as we’ve said before, we still need another three players at least if this summer transfer window is to be successful.
But with the new arrivals – however good they are – it will take some time for them to adjust to the rigors of the Premier League.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle should keep him this season
So one of the things we cannot do is once we get all the players through the door, start to sell the ones who may not start for Newcastle next season.
Those players include Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steve Taylor and Cheick Tiote, who are all experienced Premier League players, and if we allow these players to leave – the squad will be weakened.
That’s especially true in defense, including defensive midfield (Cheick Tiote), with the defense having been our big weakness by far for three seasons now.
It’s almost like an insurance policy that we should keep these players at the club, even though is will cost us more on the wage bill, and it will mean we have a solid squad for the upcoming season.
We will pick up injuries this season, and we are second top of the Premier League injury table even now – with five injuries.
So it doesn’t look like a huge improvement will be made with our injury situation this season – although we are still hoping for an improvement.
Coloccini is one of those players we need to keep, and Steve McClaren has said he would like to see Colo play before he makes any decision on the 33 year-old Argentine International.
This is what Steve had said about his current captain today:
“I’ve heard speculation about a move to Palace, but I’ve come in and said to Lee Charnley, the Managing Director and the Board that we want to see him training and playing.”
“I haven’t done that so I can’t make a decision on the future at the present moment.”
McClaren has already said Colo has looked good in training, and that he is obviously one of Newcastle’s best players, although he played poorly and showed poor leadership in the second half of the disaster of last season.
As Steve McClaren points out, there have been rumors over the summer that Alan Pardew wants to sign Coloccini for Palace, and maybe give him a two year deal, but the challenge for Palace would be to meet his £60K/week wages he gets on Tyneside.
We are very pleased with what Newcastle have done so far this summer, but if we let some of our good players leave over the last two weeks of the transfer window, that could turn out to be a big mistake.
The other player we mustn’t sell this summer is Moussa Sissoko, and there are reports that Liverpool are ready to pay out £18M for him – but we must keep Sissoko on Tyneside.
Moussa’s best chance of getting into the French squad for the Euro 2016 Championships next summer in France, would be to stay on Tyneside, where he will get plenty of games.
That would not necessarily be true if he moved to Liverpool or some other top six club.
Players we could let go this summer include Vuckic, Ferguson, Marveaux, Obertan and maybe Abeid to reduce the wage bill.
What do you think?