There was a Board Meeting last week between Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur and the reports of the meeting were that Steve McClaren wanted to strengthen the side all over the pitch – and on yesterday´s showing at Bournemouth he´s right to think that way.
It was a poor performance yesterday, but also a massive 3 points for us which helps relieve some of the pressure on everyone associated with the club.
Vurnon Anita in action yesterday – had a poor game
Center-back needs to be strengthened – that’s a given and we should have done that in January and maybe we wouldn’t have conceded a massive 22 goals so far this season.
But on yesterday´s performance Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita also struggled in central midfield against one of the weaker sides in the league and Anita had a poor game and almost gifted Bournemouth a goal in the first half.
Vurnon sent a wayward back pass to Mbemba who couldn’t control the ball on a slippery surface and it was only the alert Rob Elliot to the rescue – and not for the only time yesterday.
Jack Colback will be back but not before mid-December and we really need to get a top class defensive midfielder into the club and that will help stabilize the defense too.
We are also short of a striker and while the partnership of Perez and Mitrovic should improve we need an accomplished striker brought in during January.
So what we seem to need is the spine of the team strengthened, but we don´t appear to need a goalkeeper brought in with Rob Elliot again showing he can play (very) well for the Newcastle first team when he gets the chance.
There should also be no way Rob is allowed to go out on International duty in the next couple of weeks and we should have Karl Darlow back in training either this week or next week.
Newcastle is a team in the making and we haven´t started this season well, but we do expect some big money to be made available in January to strengthen the squad so we are still a Premier League side in May,
And we will not sell any of our top players in January – there´s just no way Ashley would allow that – because there´s bigger money on offer to stay in the Premier League than sell a player for big bucks in January and maybe jeopardize our PL status.
And then in the summer we expect maybe three top players to be brought in to round off what we hope will be much stronger squad for next season.
That´s our hope – and that´s all it is at the moment,
The first job we have to do is to keep picking up those points – however we can do it.
7 points in the last 4 games after picking up only 3 points in the first 8 games suggests that we may be getting back on track.
We hope that´s the case.