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January Now A Crucial Transfer Window For Newcastle

9:03 am, Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Siem De Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles all played for the Newcastle U21 side at Darsley Park last night and that was good news to keep them match fit, and we expect Karl Darlow to be on the bench at Crystal Palace.

With Newcastle in a precarious position in the league table,  we expect there to be some Board meetings before January to decide on who we are going to bring into the squad to try to stave off relegation.

From what we have seen so far it looks like we´ll be in a fight all season to avoid the drop.

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Steve McClaren trying to choke himself on Saturday
Yes – it was that bad


We hope we are wrong on that,  but we don´t seem to have progressed too much from some of the displays the team put in under John Carver – and we have some better players now.

And Steve McClaren and his coaching staff have to show the Newcastle fans that they can prepare a side for a game and have them give 100% – and that has been missing in far too many games this season.

If you look at our squad there´s no way we should be fourth bottom of the league – so Steve has to get more out of the players he has available.

Newcastle should know exactly who the targets are for the January transfer window and then try to tie up deals right now so the players can come in early in January and if we have to pay out big money for them – then so be it.

There can be no indecision and hesitation we had last January when we failed to sign Dele Alli and others.

The Newcastle Board has to be bold and yes – that may be difficult for them.

It´s going to be worth paying out big money if we can stay in the Premier League because if we take the drop we lose out on the big bucks that can go towards building a top side.

One concern after Saturday´s insipid display is that we could be in a poor position in the league come January and then it could be difficult to attract top players to join Newcastle.

That´s why it´s so important that we win some games before the turn of the year and to do that Steve McClaren has to make sure his players are ready and up for the games.

They should all be read the riot act for the display they turned in at St. James´ Park on Saturday.

There have been far too many displays like Saturday already this season and we hear players apologize and say they´ll be better next time out and then after a  few games the same thing happens all over again.

That´s not good and must stop.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League




7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Ed…It always was a crucial window. Too much was made of the required timeline to ‘put things right’ as a justification for not doing enough over the summer.

    It’s why, along with the fact that the club dwell on most things, I just can’t see Mcclaren being replaced (I’m not even saying that’s what I want – just can’t see it happening).

    So, January – It was always meant to be the next step. I’d have preferred us to be in a healthy position by then, not just for the obvious reason, but to see whether the club would gamble (spend) on success, rather than just to ensure survival.

    A lot was made of how much we spent in the summer, but the counter-argument for that is still very much a case of what choice did they have? Everyone and their mother knew we had money, from lack of spending and increased PL money, plus we were in as dire a situation you could be, just avoiding relegation.

    The next window was always crucial. What’ll be interesting is how the plans change. However, from what we’ve read, the plans weren’t or haven’t even been made yet.

  • 2 Jib // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    The last couple of games , Bournemouth where we were crap but won and Leicester at SJP where we were crapper (?) and lost , have the same stamp about them.

    They both involved a Toon team which looked as if they they had no direction and little idea of what was required of them.

    To me this would point to the truth of the rumours currently doing the rounds of some kind of rift in the coaching squad , which has filtered through to the players.

    Since the season commenced , early every week Paul Simpson would give an interview on NUFCtv on the state of things and an injury update – the last 2 or 3 weeks these have stopped – Why ?

    Now when you see McClaren , in shot at games , he is invariably in the company of Cathro never Simpson.

    That’s the last thing we need a rift at Benton.

  • 3 killer dwarf 85 // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Hey, long time reader first time I’ve sent a message. I would like to see us try a new system altogether and was wondering what others views were, I’d like to see a 343 system used…
    Gk Elliot
    Cb colo
    Cb lascelles
    Cb mbemba
    Lwb colback/dummett
    Rwb janmaat
    Cm Anita
    Cm Sissoko
    Am wijnaldum
    Cf Perez
    Cf mitrovic
    I personally don’t think colo can play in dm, every time he miss reads the game and steps up to challenge in that area he looks like he needs a taxi to get back to defence!

  • 4 LeedsMag // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    How predictable – Mackems beat Pardew again.All sets up nicely for a Palace bounce back at the weekend and a humiliation for his old employer

  • 5 Bryan // Nov 24, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    In Jan nothing will change. Yes we might spend a few million but here lies the problem, Mr Carr. As long as he continues to bring into our club very average players as he has done for the past 5 years nothing will change. Apart from Cabeye who else stands out as a class Premier league player he has brought to the club? You can have the best coach in the world but if the players aren’t good enough you are always going to struggle. Carr has far to much power at the club and because the structure of the powers that be are build on people who have no experience in running a football club they can’t see that.
    As much as I disliked Pardew look where Palace are compared to us. He has been given a free rein on everything about club issues and it pains me to say it, he’s doing a great job.
    As long as Carr continues to pick the players, Charnley continues to muddle his way through running the club and Ashley continues to give people who have no idea how to run a football club full control, our beloved club is heading for the Championship.

  • 6 toonluvva // Nov 24, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    It doesn’t matter if Mr Ashley opens his wallet if it is going to be Charnley, Carr and Moncur who decide who we bring in.

    I am expecting more of the same dross in January, followed by an extended run of defeats as the newbies “bed themselves in” all leading to an ugly scrap to avoid relegation which we may not win.

  • 7 Bryan // Nov 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Toonluvva
    My sentiments exactly. What a shambles.




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