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Newcastle Want Championship Center-Back In January

11:20 pm, Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

News tonight in the Mirror that Newcastle are interested in signing 24-year-old former England U21 international center-back Tom Lees – who plays for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

The defender is rated at £7M and Norwich City are also said to be interested in the impressive defender.

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Tom Lees – Sheffield Wednesday center-back

Both clubs would like to sign the defender in January and while Tom usually plays at center-back he can also play at right back.

Tom only joined Wednesday in the summer of last year for peanuts – £350K – but he has put in some excellent performances since he arrived at Hillsborough.

Tom was in the Leeds first team for three seasons playing 135 times with four goals and since he’s been at Wednesday he’s played 68 times with two goals.

Lees contract still has four years to run and the transfer fee is said to be around £7M – something even Newcastle would be willing to pay for a good English defender.

Lees was born in Birmingham, but moved to Leeds when he was 4 years old and he began his football career at Leeds United when he joined them four years later as an eight year-old.

Tom went on loan to Accrington Stanley in 2009 and then moved to Bury for one season – again on loan – in the summer of 2010 before he rejoined Leeds the following summer.

Newcastle will bring in a central defender in January – the only question is – who will it be?

Tom looks like a decent player who could make the step-up to the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blofal // Nov 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    I’m undecided whether a Championship defender would be better than a European one. The jump to the Premier league might be easier for a Championship player but Lascelles isn’t ready and Williamson didn’t work.

    Mbemba was a good pick up. We need another like him but with some more experience and perhaps a little older. Good English centre backs with Premier League experience aren’t exactly growing on trees. And the really good ones like Stones at Everton are worth a fortune.

  • 2 jane // Nov 10, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    “Newcastle will bring in a central defender in January – the only question is – who will it be?”

    Coloccini and Mbemba are first choice this season so why would Newcastle spend big money on a CB in January?

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM


  • 4 Sav // Nov 11, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    If, as suggested elsewhere, Sheffield would take Martin Turner as a replacement, then this lad definitely isn’t good enough for the Toon!

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Nov 11, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Charlie Austin has lost the opportunity and perhaps should not be the only focus of the striker search.

    Andre Carrillo is has been holding out for a move all season and Sporting will need to sell in January as his contract ends next year. Just the type of deal NUFC would normally go for and he will make a great CF or wide attacker.

    Alternatively, Vincent Aboubakar is knocking goals in even more frequently this season. Both their current clubs may also be beneficial to Riviere to get is career back on track.

  • 6 Sav // Nov 11, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Besides, he’s just about 6′ and we definitely need some height.

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Nov 11, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    When it comes to Central Defence Joel Matip looks a decent and it would be great to secure such a dependable player. Alternatively (ex Scum!) Marcos Alonso has been improving, performing well in the middle of the defensive line and is also coming to the end of his current contract.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Because you need at least one of those CBs to ne good enough to come in and keep a first teamer out, and at the minute we don’t!

  • 9 Graeme // Nov 11, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Why buy a “Great” CB when you can buy a “Good” one with potential. You spend many millions less, but potentially, you could make a great profit.??

    Typical NUFC – never mind the quality, feel the width!!

    Oportunistic profiteering at it’s best.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Graeme…isn’t that what NUFC is about…opportunists?

  • 11 lesh // Nov 11, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    We’ve already got an ex Championship CB in Lascelles and young Mbabu’s fast developing into a good player.

    So, do we really need Tom Lees when we’ve been crying out for an experienced CB for at least two years.

    Like Lascelles, Lees is English but what they’re lacking is Prem experience – especially if there’s to be a January spend.

  • 12 terencelim // Nov 11, 2015 at 3:13 AM

    Ashley OUT.

  • 13 Sliema // Nov 11, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    Well we need someone to replace Colo asap. But we also need a proper holding mid.

  • 14 Reyantoon // Nov 11, 2015 at 5:16 AM

    It’s gonna be a long week till our next match eh..
    I didn’t know we have a 2 week break 🙁

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    International break Reyantoon 🙂

    It would be great to get the fingers in to someone who could replace Colo…we all know with being captain it won’t happen now.

    We might buy a player, but the transition won’t be before summer!

    We do need a knew CM/DM quickly and he’s going to be the tricky part I think. Getting someone with leadership qualities and experience won’t be easy.

    Then there is a new forward!

  • 16 goommy // Nov 11, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    I think it’s (much)too high to pay 7M for championship player who didn’t even prove himself on PRM. But who know? maybe he’s a real deal for us like Mbemba..may be.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    *we all know with Colo being…

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Goommy…alot of maybes there mate 😉

  • 19 SUTTY1978 // Nov 11, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    It’s easy for a pretty dodgy centre back to look like a class player in the Championship, just ask Colo & Willo.

  • 20 jimmysmith // Nov 11, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Taylor’s fitness has been a far bigger problem than Colo’s form. It’s also very unlikely we’ll find a buyer for an injured player or even an often injured player. Mbemba, Colo, Matip, Lascelles, would seem pretty good, but I doubt it will happen. I think we more urgently need a quality left back, if Dummett can keep out Haidarra.

  • 21 spitfire_ // Nov 11, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    24-year old player, who never played at PL… probably not a good idea.

  • 22 mindshaft // Nov 11, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Not sure where this rumour came from but saw him play for Leeds a few times and he was gash, most Leeds fans were happy to see him go (albeit annoyed he left on a free transfer )
    feeling was that he was a mid table championship CB and not good enough for promotion chasing LUFC ( and they call us deluded ) 🙂

  • 23 Ian Toon // Nov 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    I’m still thinking about how poorly we played on Saturday in taking the points. We survived 16 corners but the full backs and we were unable to stop crosses coming in we must improve in defending as a team. It’s not the best kept secret we need a LB and another CB.
    Anita cannot play in a two man central midfield. Watching the game though I do sense that players are blending and that there is a growing sense of responsibility.
    However achieved we got a second successive clean sheet. We should not play against Leicester with two defensive midfielders but take the game to Leicester with Tiote and Wijnaldum occupying those spots. A positive approach with Thauvin also starting.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    The problem is with a new CB is that I can’t see how a situation can exist where Collocini is fighting for his place while still rataining the captains armband, I think it can be agreed by most fans that our want away captain has some kind of special relationship with the top brass.

  • 25 Our Toon // Nov 11, 2015 at 7:56 AM


    I personally think it’s clear to see why he plays 2 holding midfielders. Albeit Anita is very poor but we need cover for when Janmaat forgets he’s a full back, against Leicester Vardy will be exploiting that space, so by giving him even more space by playing Wijnaldum centrally just doesn’t make sense to me.

    It can work against tteams who less dominant than us in terms of individual ability, I can’t see Leicester City not punishing the space we leave behind, Mahrez, vardy they need to be contained!! Not allowed to roam free

  • 26 Our Toon // Nov 11, 2015 at 7:57 AM


    I’ve said this before in the past….and many times. Why do people think MA is going to allow his highest paid player to bench warm? It’s not going to happen in my eyes

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Me either, I was really hoping that this ‘new dawn’ would have at least seen Collo stripped of the captaincy never mind being announced as the best nit of business all summer.

  • 28 sing in the corner // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    As we know,Ashley has incredible reserves of stubbornness. If he’s not gonna drop Colo after the last 18 months I can’t see him changing tack now. Colo is a ‘made guy’ in the family.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Our Toon…surely you mean Colback is rather poor?

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Yup, capo is more apt !

  • 31 mindshaft // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    @iantoon – think I’d prefer Gini in middle with Tiote with Thauvin on the wing , although McClaren seEmma intent on a combo between Anita/Colback/Tiote which basically means we are going to defend

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    mindshaft…what happened to that 4-3-3 attacking kind of manager people were promising us in McClaren?

    It’s just Pardew with a little bit more passing that doesn’t amount to much and alot of negative running from certain players!

  • 33 Lindisfarne // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    What are peoples opinion of 433 with Sissoko / ???? / Gini in central midfield with three attackers? What is the potential prositives / negatives to the defence / attack and who should be playing in the middle?
    Tiote – defensive tackler but poor at playing the ball
    Colback – less imposing with more ability at finding a pass
    De Jong – ball holding player with potential to dictate tempo.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    For me the 2 definites in a 433 midfield from our current squad are Tiote and Gini. The other spot is up for grabs, but ideally that spot would be filled in January with a new player. All of the others have issues but if fit I’d probably go with Colback.

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