It looks like Newcastle will be able to sign Florian Thauvin from Marseille today, with Remy Cabella going the other way – but initially on a loan deal, and there are reports that both players are traveling to their new clubs today to complete the deals.
Florian is a good player, and it’s thought he will fit into Newcastle’s system better than Cabella, and in any case Graham Carr has been trying to get him to the club for three years now – so that may happen in the next day or two.
Florian Thauvin – coming soon
If the reports in the local papers are accurate, then this will be the last of Newcastle’s big money deals this summer but there may be smaller deals – probably to unload some players.
Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Rob Elliot, Yoan Gouffran and Mike Williamson are some of the players who may leave Newcastle before September, either permanently or on loan.
Newcastle will have paid out around £46M gross on four top players in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin, so Mike Ashley has invested heavily in the team this summer – as he said he would in late May.
We have brought in three defenders – Chancel Mbemba and both Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from their season loan deals to Nottingham Forest.
Jamaal does not look ready for the first team yet, and it will take some time for him to be ready.
So the Newcastle defense will still be the big weakness, and that’s even showing through in the first two games of the season when we have conceded four goals, and it could have been more.
There was news yesterday that Newcastle were after Monaco central defender Aymen Abdennour, and he would be a great signing for us.
However, the local papers are reporting that as far as big buys go this summer – that’s it with Thauvin – so our defense will still be our weakness.
That’s unless Steve McClaren and Ian Cathro can sort out the back four, and have them playing a lot better than they have performed in the first two games.
We would have been very happy if another top center-back had been brought in, and along with the other four senior players plus Ivan Toney – it would have been an almost perfect summer transfer window for us.
But we have concerns the defense has still not been fixed.
What do you think?