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Newcastle Planning Another Spending Spree In January

8:16 am, Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Newcastle will review their summer spending next month and then put plans in place for spending again in January as they will make an attempt to further strengthen the squad.

With seven league games gone Newcastle have three draws and four defeats and it´s been a worse start than last season when we had 4 points at this stage of the campaign and won our eighth game at home to Leicester City.

After that first win last season we went on to win five games in a  row.

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Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson on Saturday against Chelsea

Newcastle will play at Manchester City on Saturday where we have never won a league game at the Etihad Stadium, although we did win a League Cup game there 2-0 last October.

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle will spend again in January, and Steve McClaren always said the first three transfer window of his reign would be important so Newcastle can build up their squad.

Spending in January is one of the changes that has been made in club policy and last January Lee Charnley had said the club would try to most if not all of their transfer business each summer.

But then Mike Ashley said that Newcastle would start to spend big money to build a good squad and try to win something and he took himself off the Board and left it to Lee Charnley and company to spend the transfer money as they saw fit.

The two countries where Newcastle are principally doing their scouting for January are said to be Spain and Germany.

January is a time when clubs may go after free agents whose contracts run out the following June and Newcastle have been heavily linked with Charlie Austin and Joel Matip who both will become free agents in January.

Center-back and striker are two positions Newcastle will want to strengthen in January and the club would also like to bring in another full back since we have few specialist full-backs in the first team squad.

Kevin Mbabu had a great game against Chelsea on Saturday at left back and maybe he can come through before the end of the year.

It´s been a poor start for Newcastle this season after a disastrous second half to last season after Alan Pardew  suddenly left the club.

In fact in the 26 league games we have played since Alan left we have only 16 points – three wins and seven draws and 16 defeats, which is relegation form and would give us 23 points over a 38 game season.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

So we need to start picking up wins before the end of the year so Newcastle can move away from the bottom of the league.

Comments welcome.

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

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nufc-83 // Sep 30, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    People still saying Obertan can do a job for us are you kidding me the man is a disgrace to the shirt. I wouldnt mind if he was useless but tried hard but his last start for us (was it against arsenal cant remember) he was hiding behind players i was watching him intensely. When the ball came anywhere near the right side he would stand behind his marker so he was not considered an option. He only made runs when it was so obvious that he had to or it would have looked extremely bad. Given that he cant kick a ball either we have both a coward and a terrible footballer on our books.

  • 2 Nufc-83 // Sep 30, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Team for the weekend.

    Jaanmat Mbemba Colo Mbabu
    Sissokho Gini anita Aarons (please be fit otherwise thauvin)

    Perez Mitro

    Looks like coldback will miss the game and i am not liking sissokho of late but dont have another option really.

  • 3 Munster Mag // Sep 30, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    NUFC 83, good call on Obertan. A terrible player who has got away with murder earning the salary he does. He would be badly found out in the championship for his lack of aggression and running power. I made my mind up on him after about 3 games i think, maybe less. As for Sissoko, dont hold your breath. I was booed when I called him a fraud a couple of years ago but i didnt use the word lightly.

  • 4 lesh // Sep 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    From previous post…….

    Ian, Lil

    When McC referred to a review, he was talking about reviewing the success or otherwise of recent incomers and that by definition implies a review of the success or otherwise of our policy of buying relatively cheaply from mainland Europe rather than the experienced Prem players.

  • 5 ArtyH // Sep 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    IMHO I think January will be a defining time for the club, we NEED a C.B and a striker as back up. IMHO we should make Austin a priority and pay the going rate for him, and at the same time let Cisse go. There should be change from £15m from that bit of business, it would strengthen the team, and lessen the outlay for the summer. This would also keep the fans onside, something Cisse has failed to do for a while.

    Problem will be who will be the C.B to go for, they dont grow on tree’s. Hopefully some decent suggestions will come to light nearer the time.

    I’m sure getting Austin in January would be a big boost for the club team wise and financially sound, that would give Steve a choice for a twin strike force and also cover for injury. There has never been a better time to sign this striker, if he will come of course.

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