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Signing Top Center Back Must Be A Priority In January

5:54 pm, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

There are reports that 6’5″ Italian international center back Andrea Ranocchia is not happy at losing his place at Inter-Milan under new coach Roberto Mancini and that has alerted a number of clubs including Newcastle United to his possible availability.

The 27 year-old has made 20 appearances for Italy and since signing at Inter from Genoa in December of 2010 he has played a total of 160 times with nine goals.

Andrea Ranocchia

Andrea Ranocchia – Inter-Milan defender

Ranocchia was appointed captain of Inter at the start of last season, replacing the retired Javier Zanetti, and in June he agreed to extend his contract four more years until 2019.

Inter Milan legend, Javier Zanetti, had this to say about the top defender:

“Ranocchia? I feel sorry for Andrea, he’s a good lad and I’m sure he’ll be back.”

“He has to prove his worth, he should feel like a captain. Everyone is a captain, and the group is the most important thing.”

It will depend what happens through the end of the year whether Ranocchia will be available in January or next summer, but he will cost big money because he’s an excellent defender and has a long contract at the Milan club.

Newcastle can balk at these transfer fees but if we don’t strengthen in January we will lose at least £135M next season alone if we are relegated.

So Newcastle need to look at the bigger picture and not be too thrifty – when it doesn’t make sense.

One of the weaknesses we still have at Newcastle is at center back and that must be a position we strengthen in January.

Ranocchia is now a possibility and another target Newcastle may well go after in January is Schalke 04 6’4″ center back Joel Matip who will become a free agent in the summer and Newcastle will be able to talk to the player in January.

If things don’t improve at Newcastle before the end of this year Newcastle must strengthen in January otherwise we could be in serious danger of being relegated.

That’s based on how poorly we have done in the first eight games of the season in all competitions.

Things can get better but right now if the Board of Directors are doing what they should be doing they will be lining up potential signings in early January.

Planning is what’s necessary now and then depending on how we are positioned at the end of the year should decide which specific players we go after in the January transfer window.

However, it would not be surprising if Newcastle attempt to sign British players who have ample experience of playing football in England and can have an immediate impact in January.

The number one priority this season has to be to stay in the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Mr Tuff.

    Discredited ? I don’t think so. Getting more credited as the weeks roll by in fact.

  • 2 Jib // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    And the winner of the greatest number of clichés in the shortest paragraph is B and B with:-

    “Pardew left because he got a golden ticket out of Groundhog Day. He could see the way the wind was blowing, and that was in the direction of decline he couldn’t manage. Smart man.”

  • 3 BandB // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    All sorts of theories and suggestions about how we tweak things, but THIS is the plan.

    Mitrovic will come back from suspension with several kilos of Semtex magically vanished from his head. The lion will lie down with the lamb, the existing formation and players will click into shape. All we have to do is wait and see.

    How will this happen?
    As Geoffrey Rush said: “I dunno…it’s a mystery!”

  • 4 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    The point is Ed will this guy, an established international, be prepared to join us if we are facing a relegation battle come January ?
    I don’t think he’d fancy the idea of playing in the championship.

  • 5 BandB // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Hiya Jib

    Love you x

  • 6 Sazzer // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Ranocchia is not a top defender.

  • 7 hibbit // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    charlie i don’t know about you but i have only seen carr at 3 home games not sure how many i’ve missed but only 3 i can remember how can he buy what we need any one know how often he attends home games ???

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Got to hand it Jeff keeps coming back for more after every ass kicking.

  • 9 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    …people in glass houses jeff..

  • 10 hibbit // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    tsunki…dickheads from pennywell don’t know when to quit there that thick

  • 11 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Jib- You’ve got to call people to account. Good to see you haven’t thrown the towel in. Ha ha

  • 12 Jib // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    there that thick

    Ha ha ha

  • 13 hibbit // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    thats about the strength of you dickhead

  • 14 Jib // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    In a perverse way this could be just what the club needed with more power to the coach/manager’s elbow.
    To be fair ,many posters on here have said stuff to the effect ,that expecting the coaches to work with people who they’ve no knowledge of , landing at Newcastle Airport in private planes is a bit absurd.

  • 15 The next Mike Williamson // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Even if he’s world class he’ll turn rubbish at us, unless we get a proper manager in who plays the attacking football that we want.

  • 16 spitfire_ // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM


    And which TOP defender will come at Newcastle?

  • 17 Average_Contents // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    And the winner of the greatest spunktrumpet to ever grace the cosmos goes to….

  • 18 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    AC- How tiresome. It’s wasted because the grumpy old goat and mate aren’t around. Can you please call back.

  • 19 amc1234 // Sep 24, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    We need top centre back left back striker in mitrvic doesn’t calm or doesn’t score but Austin will be good

  • 20 TroubledToon // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Wonder why the Suits running the club didn’t see this particular requirement in the summer!!! Even if Chancel was brought in and Colo was retained, we didn’t have a Plan B… N its showing now in our pathetic performance.
    They come up with sh!t like retaining SickNote Taylor and giving contract extensions to Shammy Ameobi while releasing Jonas. And that too over a phone call. Atleast show respect to the few who have respected the Club badge and shirt every time they wore it and played their hearts out for it.
    I love this club… But I honestly don’t know where we are headed… Just hope we don’t turn into the next Leeds cuz if we get relegated, I don’t see us coming back up for a very long time

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