Two Alternative Center-Backs For Newcastle

It seems that Newcastle´s number one target for January as far as our defense goes is Joel Matip who will become a free agent – but there are two other good center backs who we were linked with last summer and are still being linked with.

Matip is the 23 year-old Schalke and Cameroon International center back and stands at 6´ 4¨ and will provide some much-needed height at the back for the team.

Robin Knoche Emirates

Robin Knoche – 23 year-old Wolfsburg center back

Two other center backs are Wolfsburg center back Robin Knoche and Marseille central defender Samuel Umtiti.

The Cameroon-born 21-year-old Umtiti has been at Lyon since 2001 and is highly rated in France and has played 7 times for the French U21 side.

Samuel doesn’t turn 22 until next month, but he has already played 143 games with 4 goals and 3 assists after making his debut in January 2012.

Umtiti can play at both center back and left back and he would be a good signing for Newcastle, but he wouldn´t come cheap.

We need at least one player who is very tall – and that´s not Samuel who stands 5´ 11¨ tall – about the same height as both of our current center backs – Coloccini and Mbemba.

Knoche stands 6´3¨ and has been at Wolfsburg since 2005 and came through the club´s Youth Academy.

Robin has played 92 times with 3 goals for the team since making his debut back in 2011 and played many games for the German U21 and U19 sides before coming into the first team.

The German U21 International would be a good signing for Newcastle, but he would be more expensive than Joel Matip.

Any one of these three center backs would be a good signing for Newcastle, but it seems Joel Matip is number one choice and if for some reason we cannot get him into the club then Umtiti and Knoche could be next in line.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Guessing our next transfer target appears to be almost like a bad game of ‘Cluedo’. With the three clues being the location, the position and price. Marselle is attracting a variety of speculation, but then there is a ‘contract out’ on Matip!

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    No point bringing in small CB’s when height is required. Matip was my choice this summer and nothing’s changed on that front. Matip and Mbemba sounds formidable to me.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #3

    At the risk of repeating myself, on Saturday Siem de Jong needs to prove himself, if he can not get involved effectively for at least 50% of the time he is on the pitch then he does not deserve to be at NUFC.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    My preference would be Umtiti as he is a strong defender that would scare the opposition and can play at LB too. I would play Umiti at LB anyway and go for Matip at CB also. Then in summer we can get rid of Saylor, Willo and maybe Colo. And stay with Umitil, Mbemba, Matip, Lascelles and Mbabu. That would be CB sorted once and for all.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #5

    JP…from The Rock

    How my heart lifts when reading, “Then in summer we can get rid of Saylor, Willo and maybe Colo.”!!!

  • barkel

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Would Matip and Mbemba both be off to AFCON? It would be another disaster that could be avoided.

  • JackButler

    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s criminal that we have to wait until at least January, no doubt Carr is out looking for another lightweight, underperforming winger to add to the list

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    I wld really like Wijanldum to be our Captain. He has won a trophy before and he has hunger for more and a very talented player to rely on. he is the best shout.


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