Newcastle will need to sign some players in the January window to strengthen the squad and hope to still be in the Premier League next season.
There is news in the Mail that Newcastle will try to bring two Bundesliga players in, and maybe the more physical nature of the Bundesliga will have the players from the that league be able to fit in quickly in the Premier League.
Joel Matip – target for Newcastle in January
The two players who Newcastle are said to be trying to sign are 23 year-old defenders Joel Matip from Schalke and Robin Knoche from Wolfsburg.
Newcastle were after Schalke´s Joel Matip in the summer and he will become a free agent next summer, so it´s possible Newcastle could make an attempt to sign the Cameroon center back in January.
Robin Knoche plays for Wolfsburg and the 23 year-old is a German U21 International and would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle. He was at Wolfsburg when Steve McClaren went there in the summer of 2010.
Whether he will be available in January seems to be dependent on whether Wolfsburg will stay be in the Champions League at that time since the defender would not want to leave if that´s the case.
Both are tall physical center backs Joel being 6’4″ and Robin being 6’3″ so that should help correct one weakness and that is our inability to defend high crosses into the penalty box.
But the question now is why wasn´t one of these signed in the summer since central defense has been a weakness at Newcastle for at least three seasons.
Center back and striker are two positions Newcastle must strengthen in January if we are to be a Premier League side next season.
We hope Newcastle can get QPR striker Charlie Austin through the door in January – and early in January too.