The opening of the January transfer window is just 51 days away – just over seven weeks – and we are really hoping that Newcastle will again be willing to spend big money to bring players in who will strengthen the squad.
And in the interests of immediately strengthening the squad – bring players in who can immediately contribute.
In addition, we hope to see one or two top youngsters brought into the club.
Joel Matip – Schalke center-back would be great signing
Maybe the fact we hesitated so long on bringing in Dele Ali last January will teach Newcastle a lesson and Lee Charnley will be more aggressive and ambitious this time around.
But maybe not – and remember last January we didn’t spend one penny on new players – because the powers that be thought we were safe – but because of that and John Carver’s incompetence as head coach – we were almost relegated.
Hopefully, there is a big change at the club since that happened and Charnley will know we are not safe – how many thought we ‘d be fourth bottom of the league after 12 games played and we have only two wins?
Newcastle need to strengthen the spine of the team – center-back, central midfield and striker and we still think our best bets are to bring in Charlie Austin of QPR and Joel Matip of Schalke – and they will both become free agents at the end of June.
Charlie may have some injury concerns but if we bring him in and he scores say 10 goals for us this season he would have already paid his way by keeping us in the Premier League and all that big money.
Joel Matip has played well in the German League and should fit in quickly with the physical play of the Premier League.
At 6’4″ tall he will also give us some much-needed height at the back and at 24 he’s also at a good age.
If we only sign Charlie and Joel we will have done well, but Newcastle are also short in central midfield so that’s a third priority for January.