We are still worried about Newcastle’s plight – even if we have played quite well over the last three games we just haven´t picked up the points our displays seem to have deserved – and it´s for one reason or another.
Smiling Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
This must have been taken at the end of which game?
So it´s not too surprising that the Chronicle has a good piece on the January transfer window today where they say the top two positions to be strengthened are center-forward and center-back and that was also true in the summer.
Back then we were after Charlie Austin of QPR but he was too expensive at £15M, and there were a number of top center-backs we were looking at, including the likes of Joel Matip of Schalke and Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen.
Bothe Charlie and Joel have contracts that run out next June and it wouldn´t surprise us too much if we move to get a good deal on both these players in January.
Yes – we know Charlie had said he wants to stay at QPR for the season, but if Newcastle come up with decent money for him in January QPR could be tempted to sell him.
In the summer Joel Matip was valued at around £10M and Charlie at £15M so we could maybe get both of them in over the January transfer window for about £15M for the two of them?
Newcastle will also need to unload a few players in January to make room in the 25 man Premier League squad and we could see Mike Williamson move permanently to Wolves.
Williamson had a good game in Wolves great 2-0 away win at Birmingham yesterday and it was the first clean sheet for three games in which Wolves conceded 9 goals – so Mike seems to have made a big difference and played the whole game.
Other players who could leave the club in January include Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux who is now fit but cannot make the bench.
We could also see some younger players come through the door in January and there could be a diversion from the usual transfer policy of bringing in younger players on the cheap who can improve and increase in market value.
Sounds like what you do when you try to make money on stocks and shares.
Steve McClaren not surprisingly wants players coming in who can instantly make a difference in the team.
That´s something Alan Pardew also wanted but didn´t get and is one reason he left Newcastle just less than a year ago.
But Steve saying the same thing may convince Lee Charnley that you have to think about what a player can do immediately rather than think (dream?) of the money the club can make on them over two or three years.
Newcastle will move with determination and speed in January because if it´s one thing we know about Mike Ashley – it´s that he´s a money man and being relegated and missing out on that new £5B Premier League deal starting next summer would be worse than a tragedy for Newcastle United.
Oh yes and we almost forgot – Mike also said in May that he wants to build a side that can win something and you need a good side to do that.