Newcastle are said to be close to signing long term target Florian Thauvin from Marseilles, and it’s for a fee that will be between £12M and £15M.
And with two weeks and a day left in the summer transfer window, we could be hearing that Newcastle will finally sign Charlie Austin of QPR, for a fee again somewhere between £12M and £15M.
Florian Thauvin – signing this week?
But after two games played this season, the Newcastle defense still seems to be our main weakness, and it has been for three seasons in which we have conceded a mammoth 190 goals in the Premier League.
We have conceded four goals in the first two league games with games at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal next up on the fixture list.
We wonder how many goals we will have let in after for games played?
As well as center-back being a weakness we also believe we could do with another top full-back coming in – on the left hand side.
While Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett are decent left backs and may be improving, it’s an area we can improve on, and we still don’t know why Davide Santon was allowed to leave the club on the final day of the transfer window in January.
So we would like to see a center-back and a full back brought in before September, but with Steve McClaren having decided Fab Coloccini is his captain, we doubt Steve will bring in another top center-back – but we do have hopes we can get a top full back in – and we need one.
Charlie Austin scored for QPR in their 2-2 draw yesterday, and he scored after 56 minutes and the London side were unlucky in that Cardiff equalized in stoppage time through Malone.
Sammy Ameobi, who said last week his target was to score 20 goals this season, came on for the final 8 minutes.
Charlie had this to say after the game when asked by Sky Sports if he would be transferred before September 1st:
“I don’t know to be honest. Like I’ve said the whole way through, I’m here to play and I’ll leave that to my agent and the owners of the football club and whatever they decide will be.”
“I’m focused on the job in hand. Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be there, but I’ve got to work hard while I’m at QPR and try my best.”
Charlie is being extremely professional in what must be a difficult time for him because of the uncertainty.
It looks like we may sign a winger and a striker and maybe a full-back in the next couple of weeks.
But what we really seem to need is a center-back and a full back, based on our strengths and weaknesses of the first two league games, and also over the last three seasons.
What do you think?