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This Should Be Newcastle’s Top Transfer Target In January

8:46 pm, Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

The conventional wisdom about Newcastle is that we need a top center-back and a top striker brought in during the January transfer window and of these two positions we have to think that signing a player who can shore up our defense has to be the top target.

Newcastle have conceded 190 goals in the last three seasons and we are doing no better this season with 22 goals conceded in the first 12 goals and that average will see us concede 70 goals this season.


joel matip

Joel Matip – could be a good fit for Newcastle

Clearly our defense had not been good enough for at least three years and we have already been linked with a number of decent center-backs last summer.

But the one who could be a great fit for us and who could also come at a very decent price in January is 24 year-old Joel Matip of Schalke whose contract with his German club runs out next June.

Joel has still resisted signing a new deal for Schalke and the 6’4″ central defender was quoted at around £10M in the summer. but should come for less than that with only six months left on his contract when the January transfer market opens.

This season he has played 16 games in all competitions for Schalke 04 and has scored three goals.

Joel joined Schalke way back in 2000 and is of Cameroon descent and in total has made 233 appearances for them with 22 goals and 12 assists, which is not bad for a player who doesn’t turn 25 until next August.

Hopefully, Newcastle should be able to negotiate a good deal for the 26 times capped Cameroon International who can also play in defensive midfield.

And since we also need to bring in  a defensive central midfielder next summer it seems that in both defense and central midfield Joel could fit the bill for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Then a massive tumbleweed….

  • 2 Average_Contents // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Win bar! Harumphh!


  • 3 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    cue crickets…

  • 4 Jib // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Jail for Llambias is clearly too modest to repost.

    But this is worth repeating

    “Jail for Ashley
    Is repeating the same rubbish he has for years and lost the plot when you bother to think . I used to support him until I examined the facts really got nowt new to say is fighting a lost cause because Ashley is now on a spending mission and proving him wrong last window and the next I would bet . Ashley spent – In’s and outs

    Alan Smith (£7.9m), left for £0m (-£7.9m)
    Joey Barton (£7.6m), left for £0m (-£7.6m)
    Xisco (£5m), left for £0m (-£5m)
    Danny Guthrie (£3.8m), left for £0m (-£3.8m)
    Tamas Kadar (£1.2m), left for £0m (-£1.2m)
    Kevin Nolan (£4m), left for £3m (-£1m)
    Sebastien Bassong (£1.6m), left for £8.2m (+£6.6m)
    Demba Ba (£0m), left for £7.5m (+£7.5m)
    Yohan Cabaye (£4.4m), left for £20m (+£15.6m)
    Total: £+3.2m”

  • 5 Average_Contents // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Oh ibiza

    Can you please leave you know who alone now you massive t**t.

    We wouldn’t want you having an opinion that differs from “the best fan in the land, EVER” now would we.

    There’s a good boy.

    That is it.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    I see your able to repost somebody else’s post but still can’t give a reason for your ridiculous comment that Mclaren should be allowed to continue delivering 12th place finishes and miserable cup runs unquestioned.
    What you don’t get is that I’d love to be proved wrong as at would mean success for the club.

  • 7 Average_Contents // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Jfa’s in the doo doo it appears.

    His “mate” SL, has now turned on him after all the support and nonsensical posts that used to back him.

    Bet your gutted jfa. Inconsolable. Life not worth living and all that.

    Hang on in there. It gets better. Just ask ibiza.

    On second thoughts….

  • 8 Average_Contents // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    It’s been fun.

    Bed time, I’m getting shouted at 🙂

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    You know when you’ve become the blog pariah when sack Llambias turns against you

  • 10 Sazzer // Nov 19, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Palace was in 18th and Leicester in 20th place last year after 19 games with 16 and 13 points.

    It’s amazing that we now look at those fixtures like we are playing Manchester City and Arsenal and would be happy if we could grab at least a point.

  • 11 miggy // Nov 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    you missed 35mil for andy caroll

  • 12 miggy // Nov 19, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    aw my mistake i get it now sorry

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