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Newcastle Must Change Strategy – Sign This Striker In January

2:29 pm, Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

Is seems that Mike Ashley will allow quite a bit of money to be spent in the January transfer window in an attempt to bolster what looks like a weak squad, which at the moment doesn’t seem good enough to stay in the Premier League.

And the players Newcastle bring in must be able to produce immediately otherwise they will not be able to help the team.

And there’s news that Steve McClaren wants to bring in British players who already have experience in the Premier League – so that’s a good sign.

Charlie Austin +Charlton+Athletic+v+Queens+lrLNrpMl4Cxl

Charlie Austin at QPR – would be great buy fo us

Usually, Newcastle like to spend money on younger players who may be good players in one or two years time, but we shouldn’t be doing that in January – not if we expect them to produce immediately.

We need a couple of defenders, a proven striker and maybe a central midfield player and a winger in January.

We have never replaced Yohan  Cabaye who left almost two years ago and we saw on Saturday he’s as good now as he was at Newcastle.

It seems we need that many players in order to survive, but it will also be difficult with that many new players – to get Newcastle playing well together.

We haven’t managed to do that yet this season – and we are more than three months into the season.

We are having trouble scoring goals and have only 14 goals in our 14 league games and new striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is having trouble getting used to the Premier League.

Newcastle must bring in a striker who is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and we know of no better player then QPR’s Charlie Austin.

He was really expensive in the summer at £15M but his price six months before his contract runs out at QPR should be about half of that – so he would be a good buy for Newcastle in January.

And his goals could potentially save us from relegation this season.

What we don’t want to see is a 20 year-old or 21 year-old brought in during the window and then be expected to immediately score goals in the Premier League.

Charlie would be a great buy for us – especially if his goals help us keep our Premier League status and this season in the Championship he has scored 8 goals in 13 total appearances for his London club.

He’s the obvious striker for the club – we just hope the Board are sensible in the January window.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    ed we dont have a board
    we have a yes man a senile old git and a couple of idiots sorry

  • 2 reilly // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    why would austin come here.

  • 3 Ron Knee // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Well, if he joins us now he’ll at least be familiar with the Championship next season.

  • 4 nightfa11 // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    DMC should be a priority. i wish wed swaped sissoko for cabaye last summer..

  • 5 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    swap sisykoko for 15 fish lots

  • 6 jon.c // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Does S Mc write stories for pantomime he gives a lot of bull s—t about getting things right and turning us around the only thing he will turn around is to the championship

  • 7 manxpie // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:43 PM


  • 8 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    he suffers from Delusional Parasitosis obviously

  • 9 Jib // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Great Idea !!!!!

    Swap Sissoko for 15 fish lots

    (anyone know wtf he’s talking about ?)


  • 10 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    sissoko is crap and we all know it but mucca you obviously think the sun shines out of his ass

  • 11 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    stick to goggle job

  • 12 davetoon // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    I think he would come here for big wages with a relegation release clause.

  • 13 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    manxpie quality british defenders

  • 14 neverwin // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Jeez Ed will you please leave this continual Austin patter alone once and for all.

    Why on earth would he want to come here now when we did not want him in the close season – he will no doubt feel insulted if we approach him now especially as is likely there will be better clubs in for him when his transfer cost will be reduced.

  • 15 optimistic prime // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Austin Powers is more likely the new manager

  • 16 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    mini me

  • 17 Tsunki // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    At least we get another Austin article out of this sorry farce. Not all bad then 😐

  • 18 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    steve the million dollar fanny

  • 19 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Fabricio Coloccini:

    “We don’t have words for them as it is a big disappointment for them as well.

    “I’d like to say sorry and we will try our best in the next game, like we always do.

    “We are all involved in this.

    “We have to do more and be better than we are doing now and that includes me as the Captain as well.”

    – utter guff

  • 20 wardy06 // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Before we even think about strikers we need to sign a LB, CB and 2 CM.. The centre of our team is beyond laughable! Colback and Anita are so lightweight and small it’s agonising to watch. Although nobody on this site needs telling that, everyone has known this for 18 months to 2 years! Before we signed Memba, we still had the same cb’s that we had In the championship for fu*k sake! How are they so blind that they can’t see we have the worst Dm, Lb and arguably CB (colo) in the division. They were talking top 8 and a trophy after summer. Hahaha ? Give Charnley’s job ? Rant over lads HTL

  • 21 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    lets just muddle thru with what we’ve got hahah

  • 22 firebug666 // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Oh I can’t resist posting this:

    After a very poor weekend, Newcastle players have came out to defend under pressure manager Steve McClaren who is now favourite to be the next premiership manager sacked.

    Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat says the players are “100%” behind manager Steve McClaren following their 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday and reports of player unrest in training last week.

    “We have to stick together in difficult times, that’s really important,” Janmaat said. “Hopefully we can bounce back on Sunday [against Liverpool], it’s really important. It will be a tough game but we are looking forward to it.”

    Speaking at the North East Football Writers dinner where he picked up the Player of the year award for 2015, Janmaat added: “We’ve had a poor year but hopefully we can learn from this and have a really good 2016.”

    The real question is are the fans behind the manager

    Mmmmm Player of the year 2015 for the North East, WOW! It just shows how poor North East football has become.

  • 23 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    yes right behind him with the cutlass’s in his back forcing him off the plank

  • 24 bladeuser // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    ED or is your real name Charlie Austin
    Give it a rest will you how much money r u making repeating your crap week after week it’s the same posts just worded differently or was there nothing u could find on any other sites today so u could copy and paste those
    SHEEP Out

  • 25 Whumpie // Nov 30, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    It’s not December yet and I’m already wondering if relegation is needed to force a reset and hopefully the only change that will actually help the club, which is a change of owner.
    Without that and the fundamental change to what this club is aiming to do, we will not improve. You could force Messi and Ronaldointo a Toon shirt and we’d still lose because there is nothing to win for and it’s finally sunk in.
    We’re screwed until Ashley goes. Charlie Austin isn’t going to change that, which is why he won’t come here.

  • 26 croftus5678 // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    we have pure international quality players some of which even the best of teams have admitted they could play for their teams !

    the likes of mitrovic/wijnaldum/janmaat/krul/sissoko/mbemba/cisse/tiote to name some have the quality and are value’d as some of the best in their country.

    so is it mentality/passion/management/ownership/fan support/coaching thats going wrong ? i suspect a bit of everything is wrong tbh.

    the clean slate from last season just has not worked and has infected our new players and the fans/management ect imo.

    our big prob is defence imo janmaat has lost concentration as you can see him looking for where the cb is almost every time instead of concentrating on his own job ! dummett is only a fill in player at lb for when 1st/2nd choice are out but unfortunatly he’s our first choice atm (imo hairdryer 1st/mbabu 2nd) and dummett should be a covering cb.

    lescalles is behind his years imo and needs to go on loan not in the first team.
    colo as we all know is way past it.
    saylor we could have done with tbh as he would have brought aggression and passion even though he is not the smartest player but he’s far too injury prone and always has been.

    transfer window we need 2 cb’s of very high quality imo if and afer that we may start moving up the league a little.

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    So the lads were full of energy all week in training after Makro swore at them. It made no difference. This week Makro is going to sort it out on the training pitch after he’s had several months to do so. He brings them in on sunday morning if that’s going to make a difference. It’s b*ll*cks.

  • 28 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Croftus, you’ve named eight players as international quality and some of them are highly questionable. Nowhere near enough. The rest of the squad are either sick notes or substandard. Also, our management team is clearly not good enough as we’ve gone backwards in the many months they’ve been here. Recruitment of players and management is woeful.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Jib will be doing a Google search to see which club Austin Powers is currently at.

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:40 PM


    Don’t like this blog, go on another blog and moan to them.

  • 31 croftus5678 // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:40 PM


    it’s easy for all of us to call things when they are going bad and i’m no fan of doing so when before the season kicked off the majority on here was happy we had stepped forward with our new signings and management/coaching set up !

    things have gone wrong but i couldnt have done any better myself so it’s unfair to look for a scapegoat now as i’d be two faced if i did ! like before these bad results and after pard’s very poor run with our new signings i believed we would finish top half with most others on here with myself saying 10th ! i dont believe 10th now unfortunatly but i still think there are a fair few teams poorer than us if our players want to play for whatever reason and put the effort in.

  • 32 Jib // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    “Croftus, you’ve named eight players as international quality and some of them are highly questionable.”

    No they aren’t

    They ARE internationals.

  • 33 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 30, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Jib @32
    How pedantic?

    No they aren’t what? Just because they’re internationals, it doesn’t mean they’re not highly questionable.

  • 34 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 30, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    They ARE internationals, yes. They must therefore be international quality. However, that doesn’t mean their quality is not highly questionable. It depends which nation they represent. England have selected some proper stinkers over the years. I’m sure England aren’t alone in that. None of the players mentioned would get a cap for England if they were English. So what is your point?

  • 35 Ravostag // Nov 30, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    We need at least 4 defenders before a striker whilst agreeing we need new players unless the defence is changed its pointless trying to improve the attack to lose 5-3 every week as opposed to 5-1

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