When Newcastle sent Remy Cabella on loan for the season to Marseille, as part of the deal that brought Florian Thauvin to Newcastle, we thought Emmanuel Riviere would have been shipped out in the summer too.
Cabella just didn’t make it last season, but we still thought he would be given a chance this season, and Manu Riviere was essentially in the same boat, having under-performed at Newcastle last season after being signed last summer (2014).
Manu Riviere in action against Swansea last season
The 25 year-old Frenchman is currently out with a knee problem, and he will get his chance when he returns, but it’s also likely he could be shipped out of Newcastle permanently or on loan in January.
Newcastle have both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez as the future strikers at the club, and Papiss Cisse will not be at Newcastle too much longer, and could leave next summer.
19 year-old former Northampton striker Ivan Toney has also been signed by the Magpies as one for the future.
So one way of looking at the striker situation is that we probably need to bring in two strikers before next September, and one could well arrive in January.
That will depend a lot on how we do through the end of this year – but with only two goals in the first four league games, we haven’t fared well in an area we struggled with last season.
That’s why Newcastle will try to bring in a striker in January, and candidates include Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga and yes – maybe even Charlie Austin from QPR – after his long running saga, which came to nothing over the summer.
Lasogga is a player we tried to sign in earnest last year, and once Newcastle move for a player they don’t seem to give up, and keep going back if the time is right.
Lasogga hasn’t done particularly well since he moved last summer to Hamburg from Hertha BSC, and he could be available – either permanently or on loan in January.
If we do manage to bring in a another striker in January, we could see Riviere moved out.
The other position Newcastle should have probably strengthened in the summer is full-back, and we have only three recognized full-backs in the squad – and one of them is Paul Dummett, who is is out still with a hamstring strain.
Daryl Janmaat and Massadio Haidara are the current starters at the club in the full-back positions.
So that’s a position Newcastle will be looking to strengthen in January too, and we expect some younger players to also be drafted in.
Newcastle did well to get four good players through the door in the summer, and now they will try to add to that this January, at least with a striker and a full-back.
And then next summer we need to bring in one or two new center-backs, with the contracts of Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson running out.
What do you think?