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These Two Players Still Newcastle’s Best Bet For January

10:41 pm, Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Nov 10, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    A CB is almost essential – given that they have needed a colo replacement for 2 years. Mbemba is the Taylor / Willo replacement, so even if Matip arrives, we still need another one urgently!!

    Just cant see it happening. Survival is the name of the game!!!!!

  • 2 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 10, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    51 days – so only another 50 odd Charlie Yawn stories before the window opens and another 30 during the window.

    80 more Charlie stories all saying the same thing ?

    Groundhog Day Annual 2015

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Our Toon…like I said it was never about the weight…it was a power struggle and Benny drew the short straw!

    Benny could still had been here doing his thing and Pardew could have been shown the door that summer like he should have been…it seems he fooled them good and he fooled them twice 😉

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

    I like Matip, but we would basically be sending two CB’s to the ACON every second year!

  • 5 jimmysmith // Nov 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    I think Benny was a typical opportunistic Ashley signing, and just the most obvious failure. He clearly had been lacking the maturity and professionalism to be given an opportunity at a senior side. He was given a lesser chance with us and still couldn’t take it. It’s a team game and a tough league. It would be very harsh to blame Pardew for being reluctant to put his faith entirely in him. He’s 28 now, if he comes good it will prove little, other than perhaps that the penny has finally dropped for him.

  • 6 Jib // Nov 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    As always , well said Jimmysmith.

    I knew I had read an article recently where Didier Descahamps was being really cagey about HBA

    http://www.metronews.fr/sport/didier-deschamps-je-ne-peux-qu-inciter-hatem-ben-arfa-a-maintenir-ce-niveau-de-performance/moja!2iXLNJZwB4nrc/

    This was early October.

    Of course the Valbuena/Benzema shit has hit the fan and Deschamps has had to backtrack and be nice to the Tunisian.

    It would appear that French football managers are as slippery and quick to change their opinions as French politicians.

  • 7 Charlietoon // Nov 11, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    I’m so glad we established they are free agents and wanted by Ed as I was on the moon recently and I missed it.

  • 8 chuck // Nov 11, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Old news, c’mon Ed.




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