Newcastle Preparing For Big January Transfer Window

When Steve McClaren came in last June he has always talked about the three first transfer windows being important and we seemed to get off to an excellent start over the summer with Newcastle spending over £52M net on four players for the first team we brought in – Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin.

Unfortunately we haven’t made a good start to the season and have only two points from our first six league games and after two particularly poor performances and defeats in the last two games doom and gloom has returned and is currently a dark cloud over the club.

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Steve McClaren – we’re reviewing what we need to do in January

After the terrible travails of last season the last thing fans wanted to see was another poor start to a season, but that’s what’s happened – so far.

Steve McClaren has admitted Newcastle may need to do some additional big spending in January if we are to avoid being in a relegation battle all season:

“We have talked about spending in January,. “We have said this is about three windows.”

“With the start, people will obviously criticise the first window, but the people we’ve signed are all good players. They need time to adapt to the Premier League.”

“We know that January is coming up and it will be important.”  “We talked as a club with Lee Charnley, and Graham Carr, and said we are going to review the window in a couple of weeks, and what our position is in January. “

“We’re reviewing everything and needing more British players will be part of it.”

The reason for the talk about British players is Newcastle tend to bring in cheaper options from the continent but they take time to settle in on Tyneside, which is one apparent reason for our poor start.

We are hoping the team can move up the league before the end of this year – but if we are still fighting relegation it wouldn’t surprise us one little bit if some big money is spent in the January window.

It could be like the 2013 January window when we brough in five Frenchmen and just avoided relegation.

Once things do go wrong it’s not easy to get out of trouble and get some wins on the board but the lads did that a year ago and that’s what needs to be done this season, and as soon as possible.

Having the fans solidly behind the team is a huge help in doing that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    All this garbage about “adapting to the Premier League” is pathetic, quite frankly. Simply an excuse to deflect criticism because we, as is our custom, haven’t signed the right players. You could start with Ayew and name another dozen who have hit the PL running. This season, last season, every season. If you sign players with the right stuff they will produce it wherever they play. I’m sick of McClaren already.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Steve McClaren – we’re reviewing what we need to do in January

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    Find a manager like Tuchel or similar.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Doesn’t have to be British players, what’s the matter with paying an extra few quid and getting some PL experience. What’s the problem with buying a Julian Lescott type player, Charlie Austin should have been signed and we could have had Enrique or paid 7M for Pieters as a proper LB, there should have been a complete shake up in defence, how long before we see Collo and Willo paired up again.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, some hit the ground running but others are slow burners and take time to adapt. I don’t think it is to the football necessarily, but also the change in culture and lifestyle. Still, Cabaye, Cisse and Tiote all came in and did well instantly, can’t think of many others since.

    A few of those who have hit the ground running were those on Carr’s lists as well. Someone posted an article yesterday saying Carr provides three options for each position, but due to age and cost the club have often asked him to provide a fourth.

    On topic, the only way we will spend big in January is if our transfer policy is completely overhauled and requirement and need is put above value and pound for pound. The other issue being if things don’t pick up drastically, which top players are going to join a club that is battling to stay up? This was why more needed to be done in the first window, rather than splitting it over three, and a few of us mentioned this at the time.

    I’d imagine talk of British players could lead to Will Hughes bids – particularly if Derby don’t start turning draws to wins – and Sam Byram bids. Can’t see Austin being available unless he kicks up a major stink in January, even then, would he join a side battling at the bottom again? I think he will know he will have bigger and better options come the summer, without the risk of getting relegated again.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    i like the players we have signed, i think chancel has look class every game he has played, i think taylor would be a better partner for him,

    i think it has been a hard start to the season for other reasons than the new players coming in, i believe its more of a culture at the club thing that needs the most work done to it, we are a team that is used to loosing games, but i have see a big difference in the way we approach games and what our game plan is, we are a lot more tighter as a team defending, so i see a lot of work has gone into that,

    our first 8 games were always going to be hard, its been well documented that we had the hardsest start to the season on paper and it is proving so, people looking at Watford as our easy game to win, yet i believe its was just as hard as playing Man u, this team has just came up and has this fresh winning mentality and are still riding on this wave,

    our biggest criticism is not the new players , its with the likes of Cisse, Colo, these guys know the prem and know what they face, yet these let us down.

    i think we will be ok

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Fair points Catchy. I just don’t think this regime has much goodwill in the bank with the supporters. There is lingering bad blood and McClaren trotting out these excuses seems as hollow as ever. We’ve heard variations on this theme for years. At some point I think you are entitled to say “enough talk – walk the walk!” If we are rock bottom after ten games, will we hear McClaren concede that the squad is not good enough and the management has failed again? Don’t bother to answer that, I need not have asked….

  • loonie-toon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I want us to bring in prove. Premier League players n not risk silly money on unproven Shyte especially from France and wana c more English in the team y we dint sign quality in the summer mbemeba looking like the best signing so far a do fink wini puts a few stone on could b solid in centre of the park we got to many flops in r team even Bournemouth r looking solid compared to us

  • Paul141726

    Sep 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Many great points in this article and great responses too.
    I suggest as I stated previously, that Mr. Carr should not choose who we want to scout. That should be the job of the manager (head coach if you like) and the rest of the coaching and training staff. They could name names, but more importantly the qualities they want in any player.
    To my way of thinking, speed, when used properly, is more important now than ever.
    It has been said that some new players fit in and produced right away.
    Cabaye–gone. Cisse not showing anything, and Tiote injured ? and not making the first 11 or the bench.
    So many players who are new to the PL have hit the ground running. Newcastle’s new recruits–not so much. With the exception of Mbemba, I’m not sure about any of them

  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Apart from austin who fits the model of young British player with sell on value that is a centre back, defensive midfielder and striker. I honestly don’t see who fits the first 2. Nobody springs to mind that might be available and in the 10 million each bracket?

  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 23, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d be surprised if Hughes and byram joined us. I’d think their clubs would want 15 million at the very least.


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