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Newcastle Have Opportunity To Sign Top Center-Back In January

2:35 pm, Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

Over the summer months Newcastle were linked with a number of center-backs from the continent and they included 24 year-old 6’4″ Joel Matip of Schalke and 23 year-old 6’6″ Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen.

There are reports in Germany today that Werder Bremen are in trouble with their finances and they may be willing to sell their star defender in the January transfer window with Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham said to be the clubs interested.

Jannik Vestergaard

Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen

Vestergaard only joined Werder Bremen from Hoffenheim in January and the player said in the summer he was happy at the German club.

If one thing is clear with the Newcastle team at the moment is that we are weak in defense and we have already conceded 22 goals in only 10 games and the center of our defense has been a weakness for some time now.

So most of us are hoping that Newcastle will bring in a top center-back in January, and that player has to be tall (or a really good header of the ball) since one of our weaknesses in the defense is with crosses.

Both of our current first team  center-backs – Coloccini and Mbemba – are only 6′ tall.

With that height they were man mountains back in the 1960s, but these days we have players 6’7″ and even taller and 6” is now not particularly tall – especially at a position like center-back.

German publication Bild are reporting that Werder Bremen have posted a €6M (£4.3M) loss for the last financial year and they have been in a weak financial situation for some time now.

So it could well be true that Werder Bremen may be willing to listen to offers for their player come January and we would hope that Newcastle would be interested.

However, maybe a better deal for Newcastle is to go after Joel Matip of Schalke – with the Cameroon International’s contract running  out in June – and Newcastle may be able to get a sweet deal for the powerful defender.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Oct 29, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    I smell a deal to be done

  • 2 Dagwoodz // Oct 29, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Yes to either one if it means pushing Captain Colonoscopy out of the starting line-up. No if it pushes M’bemba out.

  • 3 Dagwoodz // Oct 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    That being said, Vestergaard I think would be the better of the two due to the ACN and Matip playing for Camaroon.

  • 4 giimps // Oct 29, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Vestergaard for me, play Colo as DM as he can at least read the game, Mbemba and Vestergaard give us pace ability and height , with colo in front of them we may just be able to reduce the goals against per game down to 1 per game ,which could result in more of those ultra rare commodities called wins.

  • 5 Jib // Oct 29, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    It looks like Jonas is going ahead with his action against the club.

    Personally I cannot see him winning this one , so much is dependent on hearsay , that it will be really hard to prove discrimination.

    Good luck to him , the club can afford it .

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Oct 29, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Coloccini is still reasonable on the ball -does not make too many errors, and his distribution is ok. Where he fails is in his defensive duties – he’s getting slower, he ball watches and he misses the runner. These are fatal “qualities” for a defender.
    The idea that he could become a DM is really a bit daft – he wouldn’t be good enough.

    Photo of Colo in his back garden training – he’s trying to jump higher and gain that extra special boost of speed.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Oct 29, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    I highly recommend Willo as set piece target man for Wolves if they don’t want to score any goals! 😆

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Sign both and get rid of Williamson and Taylor job done !!

    Mbemba or Matip both play defensive midfield a lot for their countries so they can both play at the same time with Vestegaard that would offer some serious aerial ability and power at the back !

  • 9 Tsunki // Oct 29, 2015 at 5:31 PM


  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    When we find ourselves in the bottom four come January, don’t expect any money being spend!

  • 11 Bambams // Oct 29, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    I would have thought he will have the chance of more ambitious clubs than Newcastle.

  • 12 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 29, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Pass – looks inbred like JfA’s kin.

  • 13 Tsunki // Oct 29, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    “Youuu Raaannngg?”

  • 14 Tsunki // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Weeeellll looks like Ed got the blog bouncing along on a trampoline of enthusiasm with this one.

    (sound of Foghorn)

    “Get that would you, Lurch”

    ” Urrrrhurhhurhhurhhurhhhh…….”

  • 15 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Given the seive-like state of our defence, one would hope that potential CB targets have been agreed and that Charnley’s already made contacts with and sweetened their agents.

    We do not need the clowns to start fannying on in January and get decent players in as early as possible.

    22 conceded in 10 games averages out at 85 over the season.

    Can he afford to penny-pinch with so much at stake? Common sense says no!

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    lesh…if we loose the next two games bringing in players in January won’t even be an issue…

    …and to be honest (even though it’s classic Newcastle in a bad way) moving Willo on for a month is not going to make any difference. I know it, you know it and everyone knows it!

  • 17 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:28 PM


    …your comments are both nieve and ill-judged 🙂

    1. Since when has there been any common sense at our club and

    2. You honestly think Charley plans ahead?????

    Get yersel on the naughty step and have a word with yourself

  • 18 Munster Mag // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Colo too slow for DM. Better sweeper and that would suit our full backs who cud be wing backs

  • 19 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Now you’re talking munster

    and BTW…Sissoko played as a CDM for Toulouse for 4 years FFS…how come everything thinks he can’t play there????


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Dummet Hiadara

    Anita Sissoko Tiote



    Gotta be worth a try!

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Give captain colo a new 5 year contract, champions league here we come.

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Colback out for up to 6 weeks

  • 22 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Who says this guy is a TOP centre back, apart from Ed. Only quality I see in him is been 6’6. Willo is not far off that & he’s got no ariel ability.

  • 23 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Who says this guy is a TOP centre back, apart from Ed. Only quality I see in him is been 6’6. Willo is not far off that & he’s got no ariel ability. His height doesn’t make him premiership quality.

  • 24 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    The talk of Colo going to DM is hilarious, a DM is supposed to track runners, put out fires before they start, be brave and more importantly not shirk 50/50 challenges. It’s more about they do off the ball rather than on the ball!! Which is why I’ve always said Anita and Colback can’t play that role….now some want Colo to do it!! Good grief

  • 25 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Shadow shearer

    Vesterguaard isn’t English so he’s already got one up on Willo. Vesterguaard may not be a top CB for the likes of Arsenal, Citeh chelsea etc but for us at our level and looking at the squad as it stands he’s top class.

  • 26 Bobbybee // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    I would personally like to thank Willo for his contributions over the year and wish him all the very best at Wolves. Regardless of how many excellent interceptions he made, tackles he won, headers he cleared or blocks he made, if he made ONE error, that’s what was remembered. He was signed to help us get promoted and he was a success. Transfer window after transfer window passed without any attempt to replace him and as centre backs fell around him, he was always there to fill in. Despite the boo boys constantly on his back, he never hid and always gave 100% effort. He won a number of motm performances, so easily forgotten. If those players with more skill and ability gave half as much effort as Willo, we would be a far better side. We all know his ability was limited, but his effort never lacked. Best of luck mate, I’m sure you’ll be a big hit in the Championship where you’ll be better suited. You never heard him refuse to play because he wanted to play for a CL team, he was 100% committed to Newcastle. Thanks for the effort mate, some of us appreciated.

  • 27 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Vestergaard not Vesterguaard!!

  • 28 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    our toon…

    For the avoidance of doubt I was agreeing with Munster about having wing backs…NOT HAVING COLO AS A DM!!!! 🙂 🙂

    God No!!!!!

    If SM is going to continue picking him we’ll need dummett and Mbemba either side of him for security and protection.

    I think it’s called baby sitting!

  • 29 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM


    Nicely put about willo but if he didn’t play with his only real attribute (heart) then he’d be no use to anyone!! I don’t blame the lad myself, he should have been shipped away a long time ago. I don’t agree with what carver said about him either but he may of seen something as a coach rather than a manager that indicates his heart wasn’t always in it!!

  • 30 Ian Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM



    Hi Ian Toon,

    Sunday’s derby defeat hurt us all and every one of us is sorry that we couldn’t deliver you the victory you deserved. I am certain that if it hadn’t been for Colo’s sending off, we would have delivered you that victory. But with the news of our successful appeal, we draw a line under that match-defining moment and focus on recreating the positives of the minutes that went before.

    Even if you didn’t see the game on Sunday, you’ll know that we bossed it in the first half and hardly gave our hosts a kick. With ten men on the pitch we were still the stronger side for large parts of the second half, despite what the score line suggests. We kept attacking the game and that meant gaps opened up that our opponents were able to exploit.

    In spite of the result, training this week has been nothing but positive and preparation has been first class. There’s been no feeling sorry for ourselves. Just a group of players and staff who want to show you how passionately we care about your club. We’ll put all of the positives and the passion into delivering you three points on Saturday.

    Over the season so far I’ve seen real improvement in our game, particularly over the last month. Our bond and blend as a team gets more solid with every game and the mood in the camp is very optimistic, regardless of our current position in the table. I’m confident we can take the best of our performances to date and start turning them into points.

    Stoke have been on a decent run of late and I certainly didn’t see their home defeat to Watford coming. I know Mark Hughes well and he will see that as a huge disappointment. They’ll be especially keen to put on a show this weekend and make up for that loss. That makes it even more imperative that we’re on our game and able to stand up to anything the likes of Bojan and Shaqiri might throw at us. We’re prepared and ready.

    Sadly we won’t have Jack Colback in our line-up this weekend after the results of a further scan on his right knee today. Unfortunately this injury, which was sustained at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, will see him out for up to six weeks and we all wish Jack the very best in his recovery.

    Be assured that in spite of the events of the past week, we go into this weekend’s game with nothing but belief, spirit and total determination to reward your loyalty and support with the three points you deserve.


  • 31 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM


    A few have been calling for him to play as DM, I just don’t understand how they come to that conclusion, is it daft games like football manager and fifa that make them think things like that are a good idea….because from a footballing perspective it makes no sense whatsoever!!

    I wasn’t having a pop directly at you though buddy!!

  • 32 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    The big issue we have is other than Colo there is no one else who can play that role. It’s beyond belief we’ve neglected the cb situation…..chickens coming home to roost for Ashley!!

  • 33 Bobbybee // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Our toon, can you imagine how difficult it must be hearing your own so called fans booing you? You can’t possibly blame him for not being replaced when there was every chance to do so. Blame the management, not the man giving his all for the team. He should have been replaced ages ago, but he wasn’t. Who’s fault is that? His? Who’s fault was it he kept getting picked if he was so crap? His? No again. We’ve just spent 15 million on Thauvin, who’s now crying he wants away. I know who I’d sooner have in the team for sure. A lack of talent I can forgive – some have it, some don’t – but many of our more talented players never gave half what Willo did.

  • 34 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Our toon @ 31

    I know you weren’t having a particular pop at me…I just wanted to completely dis-associate myself from anyone who wants Colo at DM 🙂 🙂

  • 35 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Our Toon

    Sissoko played CDM for four years at Toulouse before coming to Newcastle and then P45 stuck him on the wing…why don’t we stick him in there and see how it goes and just put Dummett in there with Mbemba

  • 36 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    I’ve been on the naughty step for over an hour now. Can I get off now?


  • 37 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:46 PM


    LMAO…giggle-pin gone…tears in me eyes and can’t speak…wife thinks i’ve completely lost it

    fcuking brilliant! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 38 TroubledToon // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Well said Bobby Bee… Totally agree with u.
    Cheers Mike. Even tho u mite never have been the most talented, u always put in a 110% effort. #Respect#

  • 39 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:53 PM


    It’s cold out here in the back yard and I’m hungry…….. Can I come back in, please?

    🙁 🙁 🙁

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Lovely touch from weirdo poster HwA @ 12,
    Say what you like about me, Ian Toon and jeff have numerous times, don’t insult my family, you don’t know them and it’s not on !

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Sissoko looks like the most unlikely winger you’ll ever see !

  • 42 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM


    Howay back in bonny lad…just divvent fall into the trap of thinking the management at the toon have half a brain between them.


  • 43 Rotonda heights // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Yes grammar not grammer, ed has me going with his ”americanisms!

    But toonking

    Weather is what it’s doing outside and
    whether is should you do something or not.

    Equally it’s sentence , not sentance

  • 44 Mag52 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:06 PM


    I have to say how much I agree with what you have to say about Willo. He’s been a good servant of this club for a long time, and I often feel that, on here, there tends to be a flavour of the month player who will be the recipient of abuse almost whatever he does, until it’s time for someone else to cop it. Willo has certainly copped his share.
    Willo was always prepared to take his place behind more favoured, although not necessarily more able, CBs, and when called upon to turn out for the first eleven, rarely let us down.
    Carver’s appalling slur on him at the end of last season was shameful.
    Good on you Willo. You can hold your head up high for the time you have spent at NUFC.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Have the speeling Police being on your case today ?

  • 46 sparky55 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:07 PM


    Amazing how Sissoko’s agent was punting him as Frances best CDM and box to box midfielder and we buy him and P45 puts him on the wing.

    Amazing what managers getting paid half a million a year come up with eh!

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:09 PM


    Willo is a non footballer, end of, who has made / is making a living from something he just isn’t qualified to do.

    No technical ability with the ball at his feet and just endless hit and hope hoofs which were shockingly poor. Anyone running at him on the deck were in for a field day. And for a big man, I’ve see midgets win more in the air than him.

    By all accounts he is an arrogant bloke who loves playing the ” I’m a pro footballer” card.

  • 48 lesh // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Ssssssorry Sparky

    It won’t happen again….

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Hola Jail

    Que tal, como estas? Has tenido un buen dia?

    Earlier someone kept spelling lose as loose. Nothing major in the scheme of things really, just ticked me off at the time.

    Toonking was lecturing me but ended up spelling weather instead of whether and sentence instead of sentence. YCMIU !

    I’m not really the grammar police or educating !!

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    In Pardew, sorry i mean mcclaren we trust.

  • 51 bladeuser // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    So u would rather have willo in your team because basically he tries
    U would make an excellent nufc manager
    And would b sacked after one game
    U would settle for any old crap why don’t u become a wolves fan for a month and support Messi willo u muppet

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM


    When was the last time you was in a good mood.

  • 53 bladeuser // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    And Welsh whatever your name is sod off to the Swansea blog your childish comments get on most bloggers tits

  • 54 welshgeordie9 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Childish comments coming from a guy who’s always insults and swears at others on here, if you say so mate.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    For the record you could say about 90 percent of people on here writes childish comments.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Mi dias fue largo mi amigo pero voy a mi casa despues dos semenas trabajar tan de todo bien.
    Nowt worse than someone spelling lose as loose though, it’s up there with carn’t

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Perdona Rotonda,
    Estoy bien como estàs ?

  • 58 Our Toon // Oct 29, 2015 at 8:45 PM


    You didn’t read anything I put regarding willo, please read it again before having a dig. Here it is again


    Nicely put about willo but if he didn’t play with his only real attribute (heart) then he’d be no use to anyone!! I don’t blame the lad myself, he should have been shipped away a long time ago. I don’t agree with what carver said about him either but he may of seen something as a coach rather than a manager that indicates his heart wasn’t always in it!!

  • 59 Sliema // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Nothing against big Mike personally but he is a poor footballer. I’m delighted he is off and I wish him luck.

  • 60 Sliema // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    We all know that if we don’t sign a proper CB in January we are screwed and officially without debate or doubt are being run by a bunch of absolute idiots.

    Won’t see many MA defences then hopefully.

  • 61 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    On Thauvin – I understand how a lot have written him off already, but I don’t want to as I can see some very good attributes that he has. Catchy mentioned it before that he’s always looking for the ball, which he generally seems to. He’s quite confident enough to carry the ball and look for openings round the pitch and attempt creative passes based on decent vision. His crossing and free kicks can be decent, and he looks very capable of shooting and getting some goals. Yes, not all of these have come off, but they may if he settles, who knows? If they do come off, he’ll be very good indeed because of what I can see him trying.

    However, he doesn’t look so fast (not that that is an automatic failure) and he gets caught in possession worryingly often with little strength. He looks like he’s going to break when chasing down players, and hardly looks elegant when sprinting.

    He’s grown up with a reputation of being a highly promising player – that hasn’t been from nothing. Although, with him having such a bad season at his last club, I don’t think he should have been signed, nevermind for £12m. I think they should have either got him when he was valued at £2m, or waited another season or two to see if he picked up his form.

    I remember fans all over laughing a Drogba and how much of a bumbling buffoon he was when he first came over here. I thought that was way over-the-top, as he’d been great at his last club, and sure enough when he got settled down, he became integral to Chelsea’s titles and a Premier League legend.

    Thauvin probably won’t become a Premier League legend, but I do hope he can adapt his game to play to a level he is capable of. Same with Siem. I hope they can improve.

  • 62 Sav // Oct 30, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    The hell with any ‘sweet deals’. Buy the best CB available. He needs to be tall, quick, injury-free and decent on the ball.

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