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Newcastle Go Back In For Top Striker But Is That The Priority?

6:11 pm, Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

There was news in the Chronicle before the narrow 1-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon, that Newcastle will go back in for top striker target Charlie Austin this coming week, with the hope that we can get him over the line before our first game against Southampton a week tomorrow.

It seems that the only thing holding up the deal is the fee still has to be agreed between the two clubs, and with Charlie willing to come to Newcastle and no other clubs willing to pay the £15M QPR want – Newcastle are hoping to get a deal under £15M.

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Charlie Austin – McClaren wants him at Newcastle

Austin’s contract runs out next summer and there will be pressure on QPR as the end of August approaches, and they stand to lose out on a big fee for their top striker – if they continue to hold out for the full £15M.

And it seems that head coach Steve McClaren has made it very clear to the Newcastle Board (make that Lee Charnley in particular) that this is the man he wants in as soon as possible.

But on the evidence of pre-season the highest priority for Newcastle would seem to be to bring in another center-back, with a mistake by Steven Taylor costing us the match today with other areas of the team looking fairly decent.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini wasn’t even in the squad today, so that Achilles injury of his has seen him miss every single pre-season game.

Maybe if he’s fit he could play a part next season, but his status is now really up in the air and it doesn’t help Steve McClaren as to what they should do with Fabricio – and whether he needs to bring in another center-back.

Crystal Palace are said to want the Argentine, and we don’t even know if the Argentine wants to stay at Newcastle for the final year of his contract, and if he does that may help the central defense problem we have.

Newcastle may however want to get up to £3M by selling him this summer, before he becomes  a free agent next summer – when he will be 34.

Newcastle have brought in Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht yesterday and he played 30 minutes at right back in today”s game, but another top center-back for say £10M to £16M would be money well spent by Newcastle.

What we really need is both Charlie Austin and a top center-back brought in next week – before the season kicks off.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ShirebrookToon // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Think we need fcuking defenders man!!!!

  • 2 loonie-toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Sure we can get both a cb and Austin by next Sunday

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    I almost fully agree with kets, even though he is deliberately a k8nd of comedy accouny.

    We need another CB. We need a full back who can do both sides, and we need a fast forward who can play wide or central (a bit like pedro but obv not him because it would never happen) a winger maybe.

  • 4 boater // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Been a while but I thought I’d add my own tuppence before disappearing again for another season or two.

    1) Unconvincing pre-season results but it should ward against complacency in the opening games – plus strengthens MCs hand in requesting another player.

    2) Don’t expect our defensive frailties to disappear overnight because we throw more £££s at FM fantasy CBs. Wishing away Coloccini for e.g. strikes of the vain glorious. Coaching and ample DM cover are just – if not more important. Happy to see Williamson upgraded but it won’t cure our ills overnight as you all seem to have convinced yourself by sheer force of repetition.

    3) Abeid, Sammy and Vuckic would have been decent young developing squad players to have kept next season – helpfully none of whom would demand a cast-iron starting spot every week. All shone at times last season and pretty much delivered on any sane expectations. If Aarons is (heaven forbid) lost in a last minute Arsenal/Liverpool deal, the decision to let Sammy leave will look a lot worse.

    4) Relieved to see Gouffran not figuring today. The points with/without gouffran differential in the team were astonishing last season – including several late capitulations after his coming off the bench. I don’t like to paint a scapegoat but he was visibly costing us points last season – not just failing to contribute a la Obertan.

    Overall I’m happy with McC and his coaching team’s start. Signings so far all make sense. We may struggle for fluency in the first couple of games but I can see things improving overall, in terms of style and energy as the season goes on.

    Beyond the back 4, it’s hard to fit the current supposed starters into a single team sheet for next week – let alone adding the likes of Austin, Shaqiri, Thauvin, etc. to the mix. (Always gives me a laugh to see people’s fantasy international lavished sub benches on here). We’ll see. Enjoy the season lads and lasses. HTL!

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    *kind of comedy account

    *and a winger, maybe

  • 6 Moonraker15 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    According to Smc we aren’t in for Austin and he rates Colo highly !

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Just got back in from game
    Sad to say same old same old –
    New lads look a cut above what we have and once they gell looking forward to seeing them play together
    They looked much more comfortable on the ball and off the ball – their movement caused us problems all afternoon
    Their no 8 Mahmound Dahoud and 34 Granit Xhaka ran tyhe show

    McLaren going to have a problem on his attacking midfield combinations who to pick

    AND a much bigger problem with defence – looked ok when had time but soon as opposition ran at them Taylor and Wilko hadn’t a clue what to do.
    Taylor ‘the octopus’ would of been off in a premiership match for pulling back the goalscorer.

    A lot to sort out before next Sunday.

    My MOM – Anita – controlled the game at the back – kept it simple
    Perez showed his class when he came on lovely dinked ball to DiJong who fed Mitrovic who should of scored.

    Worst TOON players – Colback looked lost -went around fouling all afternoon and Cisse still looks out of sorts

    I would put a bid in for Xhaka tonight – oozed class

  • 8 Moonraker15 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Reading between the lines according to Percy, he wants to sign “warrior” Coloring !!!

  • 9 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    We shouldn’t have let Raylor go until we got a replacement in.

  • 10 Moonraker15 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    * Coloccini

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    We need Austin to give Mitrovic a fair chance. The new lads may have looked good (I wasn’t there) but it’s likely that the rest will drag them down to their level rather than the other way. We need a few more top players to tip the balance.

    Get Mbemba in straightaway at CB. Get him up to speed asap. Stick with him through the bad times. I can’t be on with protecting new players from the game they love.

  • 12 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Achilles injury is a hard one. Colo might b out for e whole season or 6 months though. Tiote is a cracked now.

  • 13 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Just seen McClaren on SSN, we have no interest in Austin and have had no communication with QPR over him. Hopefully that puts it to bed and proves what a lot of bollox Journalists/ITK’s talk

  • 14 nufc 11 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Think we might be in for zouma on loan if Chelsea get stones him and Austin would be some window to be fair if not I’d like Michael Dawson frn hull and matty Phillips frn qpr

  • 15 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Can people stop mentioning Shawcross. Cahill, Terry or Kompany if we are going for PL experience and unrealistic.

  • 16 John Tudor // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    turn your back williamson out
    pass to oppos taylor out

  • 17 Noel Worst // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Well done Schteve for ramming the Austin rumours back down the ITKs throats and the nebulous charade that passes for sports journalism. Simply not needed.

    Do these people ever take a step back and think “What am I doing with my life?”.

  • 18 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Ian last article

    We weren’t great and we weren’t bad, somewhere in between.
    That’s my analysis. Booooooooom ! 🙂

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    That puts it to bed. Austin off my list. Now I think with e way Mcclaren plays we r in for another winger and CB. but I think he waiting on Colo.

    Abdennour and Shaqiri

  • 20 John Tudor // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    paddy mcginty is a better cb than all we have

  • 21 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Haha that’s hilarious. We’ll probably end up signing Mauro Zarate, Shaqiri, Kongolo and Van Dijk

  • 22 andrewsneill // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    While another centreback is obviously a priority the fact that we’re playing our new centreback as a rightback shows that cover for that position is also needed urgently. A winger who actually stays wide would also be a priority for me as it was far too slow on both flanks for most of the game with some bright moments provided by Aarons only. His injury record, however, shows we probably can’t rely on him all season

  • 23 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    What did he actually say then ? It’s always good to see the bullshitters outed, but I quite liked the idea of signing Austin.

  • 24 bob // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Of course another striker of Austins, calibre is a must mugs bleating on about the defending Newcastle, aren’t scoring, Fools!

  • 25 Reyantoon // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Fair assessment.Haven’t impressed by Anita all the time but he looked excellent today.But u seem a bit harsh on colback.Evenif his crosses and set pieces look below bar,he made some important tackles and interceptions.Overall,
    haven’t seen anyone poor today.Krul look a bit shaky for me interms of passing and distribution.Apart from that,almost all worked thier part and must say good effort!

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    I don’t know if you noticed that Krul did very little hoofing the ball and passed it out a lot more.
    Maybe McLaren and coaches have been working on distribution

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:49 PM


    Newcastle have signed Charlie Austin on a five year deal.

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Just teasing guys

    Ha ha ha

  • 29 Moonraker15 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:50 PM


    Smc said there has been NO contact between the club’s re Austin and that it was just media hype!

    However he also indicated that he wanted to keep Colo, but Pardew was singing his praises as though he’s defo wanting him. Now with 1 year left on your contract at age 34 the club will defo want to sell him.

    Reading between the lines they’re saving Colo for transfer and I bet they have someone lined up 🙂

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Sorry about that i couldn’t resist it, with all the crap stories flying around.

  • 31 Noel Worst // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:56 PM


    That’d be my team next weekend. Really scratching my head at the CB situation if we don’t get anybody in before then. I’d rather Lascelles than than Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.

    I know that won’t be the team as we haven’t played that shape in pre-season, but it allows Wiji, SDJ, Perez to play in their best positions.

  • 32 John Tudor // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:57 PM


  • 33 Belfast // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Thanks Moonraker.

    I think the club have promised Coloccini he could leave if they receive an acceptable bid and aren’t playing him in case he gets injured. I don’t think he’ll go to Palace though, probably Spain, Greece or back to Argentina.

  • 34 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Swansea just wins european capital of culture for 2016
    Ha ha ha
    Sorry lads just couldn’t resist it

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    moron !

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Oh come on guys where’s your sense of humour.

  • 37 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Colo might join Jonas at Olympiakos

  • 38 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Got to admit, the style of play has massively improved under McClaren. So much more enjoyable and attractive to watch. Players looking more confident on the ball and we just look more expansive in possession, and out of possession a few players starting to develop that habit of pressing for the ball, however there’s still the few who don’t seem to have that hunger yet I.e Sissoko imo

  • 39 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    My team v saints would be:
    Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Haidara
    Wijnaldum, Colback
    Sissoko, De Jong, Aarons

  • 40 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Good to know the Austin rumors is all dead now. Not bothered as we don’t need him. We need another Cb in urgently though.

  • 41 ToonFromLeeds // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Yes we need Austin as WELL as defenders

    Cisse looked shocking and like he couldn’t be bothered and we need another CB to go with Mbemba. Although I will say Willo played better than Taylor

  • 42 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    I see where you are coming from – but you just cannot play 2 centre backs together 1st day of the season neither of whom have played one minute of Prem footy

  • 43 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Coloccini went back to Deportivo

  • 44 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Does your medication affect your vision ?
    Cisse looked fitter sharper and more alert than he has for months

  • 45 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    James Toon
    Sissoko still looks like a headless chicken jst running.

    I think Wijnaldum shld b taken to midfield along either Colback or Anita. Colback is needed for e corners.
    …………..Wijnaldum. ……..Colback/Anita
    Sissoko……………..De Jong. ………..Perez/Aarons
    Darlow, Taylor, Anita, Perez, Aarons, Obertan, Cisse.

    Team for Southampton.

  • 46 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Who would you start. I was thinking Lascelles as I think he’s the only one we’ve got who is going to be capable of dealing with Pelle

  • 47 ToonFromLeeds // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    my eyesight is fine and Cisse looked appalling

  • 48 bladeuser // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Before xmas u lot will b calling for sm sacking
    anybody who does not look at videos of the games we had and the players who played in them last season is a numpty he would have instantly shipped out willo taylor and colo who in there right mind comes in and states all have a fresh start
    s mac is not and never will b the answer i nail my colours to the mast like i did with pardew and carver
    i hope he starts with willo and taylor if he does the man is a bumbling fool

  • 49 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Blade user

    Are you joking me, did you not hear SMc say he would give EVERYONE a clean slate which I think is completely fair enough and quite professional. He’s now had the whole of pre season to judge for himself we’ll see what happens

  • 50 lochinvar // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    If Austin arrives well most likely play him at CB just because he’s a big lad.
    Might just be the answer.
    And he could come forward to score from corners.
    Even better.

  • 51 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    To be fair and professional. Willo has been ok this pre season. I wld keep him. S Taylor has been shit. He was poor at Sheffield and was poor today.

  • 52 bladeuser // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    James toon
    u dont give everybody a clean slate
    for gods sake do u really want williamson and saylor lining up against the saints they r both useless and if sm cannot see that or have prior knowledge that they r useless then enjoy a relegation battle

  • 53 lesh // Aug 1, 2015 at 7:37 PM


    If Austin were to be played at CB as you suggest with your tongue in cheek, he wouldn’t be the first.

    Some years ago, Sunderland bought one Dave Watson, a striker, and he was converted to CB and went on to be an England regular in that position.

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