Three Players Newcastle Need In January


If Newcastle can bring in a striker, center back and left back in January that will go a long way to improving the Newcastle team, but it´s also something we probably should have done in the summer.

Most fans wanted to see another top center back brought in and at least over the first eight games of this season, we still look too weak in defense with central defense a concern.

raphael Guerreiro

Raphael Guerreiro – Lorient left-back

There are also question marks about whether Massadio Haidara or Paul Dummett when he´s fit again, are good enough at left back.

Charlie Austin is the obvious striker that we should sign, and he can produce goals almost immediately for us, having already shown for a struggling QPR side last season he can score goals in the Premier League.

Charlie is already top of the Championship goalscoring charts with 7 goals so far this season.

Newcastle have recently been linked with a move for two center backs in the Bundesliga – Joel Matip of Schalke who will become a free agent in the summer and Robin Knoche of Wolfsburg.

Both are at a good at age at 23 – and of the two maybe Joel Matip would be the better buy because he will have only six months left on his contract at Schalke in January.

Newcastle were linked with 21-year old Portuguese left-back Raphael Guerreiro over the summer, and he is currently plying his trade at French side Lorient.

There are also some young English left backs that Newcastle could also try to acquire in January.

And we dare say we will be linked by the national press with Ashley Cole of Roma again in January, but there´s no way Newcastle will bring in the former England left-back, who will be 35 come January.

In his email to Newcastle fans about the disastrous start Newcastle have made this season, Managing Director Lee Charnley has said there have been various meetings at the club and that collective action will be taken to correct the situation.

This will presumably include some sizable investment again from owner Mike Ashley so we can strengthen the side in January.

If we could get Charlie Austin, Joel Matip,  and Raphael Guerreiro in then that would certainly help strengthen some of the weaknesses we have in the side at the moment.

And two of them will become free agents next summer so we could get good deals on them in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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133 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Ffs buy some PL experienced players, we might not be in this mess if we’d bought Austin, Lescott and a aPL LB.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Collocini should have been sent back to deepest darkest Peru making way for a fresh start in that wretched defence !

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  • Fostino

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Darlow
    Janmaat lascalles colo colback

    Perez sissoko mbemba wini Rolando

    Mitro

    Let’s get colback as lb..mbemba as dm. Mitro up front. Sissoko in the middle. .toure style.

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  • Jib

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    They should have taken the dosh from Besiktas in July for Cissé and signed Charlie Austin .

    If we do pay QPR the dosh in the Winter break
    Mitrovic will learn so much from Charlie who has worked his way up from the North Berkshire football league

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Colback as LB might not be a bad shout and would make a place for some creativity in MF, is SMc going to stick with the same principal that had corners booted to Willo 398 times without success in the hope that it would pay eventually.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    If results keep going this way Charlie Austin will not want to come within thirty miles of Newcastle in January.

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  • banjax

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Please Ed don’t quote names of more Frenchman coming to Newcastle because with the odd exception, they have been a waste of money. We need to buy from the premier leagues of Spain, Germany and Italy etc.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    If we play a 4231 again as usual we will get smashed by Chelsea, we need a 2 striker formation with Perez up top with Mitrovic or Cisse beside him.

    This is the only way we will get goals.

    For me bring back the 442.

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  • blew

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    A 5’7″ left back, he will solve the heading problems
    in defence.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Banjax,
    We need to have a balance of PL experienced players and untested.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Krull
    Janmaat, Chancel, Collo, Colback
    Winaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Aarons
    Perez, Mitrovic

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail- it’s principle. Principal for the head of a college. You don’t have an eye for detail but feel you can correct my material- you can go to evening classes for comprehension. I used mum because I was not singing rhyming toon songs about off to Italy.
    Don’t bother to respond because I have erected the wall again.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    From previous:
    Please please don’t say I’d start with Obertan. It’s like we are playing with 10 players. It’s just unfair to NUFC. We need 11 to at least compete.
    He and a few others must be released, today, forget selling, take the loss.
    We’ve done it with way better players before.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 26, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Employees of mine say that McClaren won’t get the sack but will most probably walk out around December if not February.

    He can’t handle extreme pressure when it comes to fans and with Newcastle fans being the worse when it comes to adding extra pressure to managers he will walk.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    All this talk of “systems”, “plans” , ” long term projects ” is all business management guff. This is a football club not a Business School.
    It might be to placate Ashely with a Baldrick style ” cunning plan ” but does nothing to inspire players.
    The players are becoming shackled and someone needs to release their footballing instincts.
    The Chronicle needs to start a campaign to “free the Newcastle eleven”
    and then we might have a chance. McLaren and Charnly are already in the last chance saloon and Colo’s their sidekick.
    Please prove me wrong tonight
    Please

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    I am on a break from predicting NUFC results, so its time to turn my Medusa gaze on other matters.
    Colo to get mullered all evening, acquire a return of a non specific injury, necessitating an emergency dash to Buenos Aires for a period of R&R.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Ian it’s erecting stuff that got you into trouble in The first place 🙂 erecting the statue to McLaren’s brave new era, the revolutionary thinking that would drive this club onwards and upwards. Stop erecting.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Why wouldn’t you want me to respond, is it because I’ve never used the word principle or principal

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    I see the irony of my ‘ bring back HBA ‘ post ruffled rather than amused. I was only pointing out that what we used to whinge about was far better than our current whingees. If we had an ‘unmanageable’ Hatem now he’d certainly be the only one inclined to head towards that oblong hole thing with a mesh attached to it…..Wiki…

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    For me, it’s reached the point where I don’t really care about team selection or tactics. I just don’t think we can put a competitive PL side on the pitch. Ashley, Charnley, Carr, McClaren – all to blame to some degree, but the bottom line is this squad, club, culture is flawed. That’s the reality. I can’t believe we won’t be relegated, and it will be well deserved. I’m actually hoping we get towelled 3, 4, 5 nil by Chelsea. If we are going down, I want to see the culprits squirming and suffering abuse and vitriol all the way. Funny way to support a team, I suppose, but that’s the creature I have become.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Krustys Komic Kapers tonight or a long awaited leaders performance? I’m not holding my breath but hey ho stranger things… I’m a bit miffed at Colo for handing his ass to toonbotherer – fancy selling us out to your fellow clown like that. 🙁

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki- the brave new world. It was an ironical response to those that saw the departure of carver and Pardew as the answer to all our problems. I have no quarrel with you.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24

    morning all
    ,hope everyone has recovered from wednesday…if not today could finish u off!! lets hope the players have grew a back bone in 2 or 3 days…..as for matip,austin or any other so called decent player no chance!….they will give us a very wide birth if we are in the bottom 3 so thinkin they’ll want to sign is daft….the players,macca and coaching staff are the only ones who can get this club to a position that makes us look a good option to players……gini played for psv right of a midfield 3 and them performances are why we signed him so my side for today would be…

    ———————————-krul———————————
    janmaat————mbemba——-lascelle————–anita
    ——gini———————-colo——————-colback—
    sissoko———————-nitro—————–perez/aarons
    got to admit tho…..i believe it will be 4-2-3-1 not 4-3-3 he wont change

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Enough talk about erecting.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Overrated – know what you mean. it’s a strange way to approach your career to make a move to a PL club and just ride it for the money when the opportunity to make a name for yourself in all Europe and consequently earn even more money and get a few awards along the way, beckons. Whoever advises these lads should be chucked in a hole.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Love the way we are already looking to signing players in January.

    If Carr had got it right in the summer we could possibly be in a far better position than we are now and I personally don’t trust him to get the right players in come January as he proven time and time again he signs the wrong players

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    could easily swap colo for mbemba since mbemba has played that position before but i kept him in the for his pace

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  • cyprus

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Overrated,

    Your choice but: You want us get pummelled to see those people squirm?!

    How about the rest of us? I’m watching this game with a Chelsea fan, Spurs and Arsenal fans. Would just be great to get slaughtered. Make my weekend!

    Come on man. Get serious. Ignore those people, who cares if they squirm or gloat.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail – No. It’s because your not the sort of person who can be trusted not to get up to dirty tricks and then attempt to implement me. Ed- has
    in the past suggested I don’t engage with you which is fine by me.

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  • stan anderson

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    3 needed in Jan.eh.we need about 5 now including a man/woman who knows something about running a football club like NUFC.
    Ashley OOT

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  • JackButler

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Ian toon telling Jail he can’t be trusted – blog gold right there people lol

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #33

    You didn’t even pick up on wrong use of implement!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #34

    The club is a shambles top to bottom. They thought spending 50mil on a few players was the answer when the core of the team is primarily the same.

    In previous years we have had goal scorers, Ba and Remy, Cisse when he was played up top as a 2 or 3 but now we don’t have any and we lack goals from midfield.

    Long season ahead and I can’t see it improving. Regardless of what McClaren says about taking time I don’t see why we can’t get more bodies forward right now. How does he expect to win games when only a couple of players get within 20 yards of the goal.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #35

    Talking of transfers, would it not be great to see Mourinho’s face if we signed Eva… this morning?

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  • south coast toon

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #36

    i think the signings speack volumes
    thauwin looked over by west ham as they brought a player who has hit the ground running and scores goals from the same team…..whoops we get lightweight and all hype
    mitrovic yes promicing youngster bad tempered not proven
    austin well does exactley what it says on the tin and was exactley what we needed………didnt want to pay extra few mil but he would of scored goals and that is wat we needed
    left back has needed sorting sinse jose went
    cb we needed 3 we got 1
    windjium lightwieght and not up to premier league

    again we havent brought the players we needed we brought cheaper options that might fit in
    now who ever is bringing these players in isnt getting good enough quality we dont even look like a football team that knows how to do basics

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #37

    Ian – implement or implicate? I fear your autocorrect is betraying you. 🙂

    Yes talk of erecting is indeed subsiding as the once- priapic contingent of Ashley Horse -Bolters have withered of late. Those limp arguments don’t stand up well these days do they, actions on the pitch have served as a cold shower to their prior excitement by the looks.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Cyprus

    I’m sick of seeing Mourinhos now regardless of what look is on it. He’s past his sell by date. Terrific manager still but his outbursts are no longer interesting….he comes across as a petulant child and the league would be better off without him and his boring brand of football.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Sage

    Our problems lay far deeper than spending money now, the entire system is broken and as long as the three top men at the club remain it will be a constant battle to survive.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #40

    South Coast

    Ten players we sign come putely from Ashley. Not the names but the type.

    Young, promising and with potential sell on value. We would never spend 15mil on a 27 year old in their prime who can guarantee performances as they’d never be able to sell on for profit.

    It’s a pathetic approach to running a club, I appreciate you need to live within your means but every now and again they need to spend a bit of money, knowing they won’t get it back but they will get results on the patch and entertain fans.

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