Newcastle could spend some big bucks in January and it could be an expensive window for us because prices are inflated in January when relegation fighting teams tend to be desperate to get some good players into the side.
That seems to be the case with Newcastle and we think Mike Ashley will make big money available to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and Mike can continue to keep his free worldwide advertising for Sports Direct going.
Mike Ashley – big bucks available in January
The whole spine of the Newcastle side needs strengthening and we have also become just a little worried at the inconsistent play of Paul Dummett at left back – and we probably need to being in a good left back too.
Center-back is probably our biggest weakness with Chancel Mbemba doing OK and he’s getting really good experience having played every minute of the Premier League for us so far this season.
But Fabricio Coloccini is inconsistent this season and you never know which Fabricio is going to turn up.
To give the captain some credit he has played (very) well in some of our games including on Sunday against Liverpool and at Manchester United and Bournemouth as two other examples – so he can still put in the performances but just not consistently.
We have no idea who Newcastle may bring in during January but our favorite is probably 24 year-old 6’4″ tall Joel Matip of Schalke, who will be a free agent in the summer if Schalke cannot get him to sign a new deal.
Joel could be a good buy for us next month.
As far as striker goes there are a few we have been linked with including 26 year-old Charlie Austin of QPR, 22 year-old Sadio Berahino of West Brom and 22 year-old Michy Batshuayi of Marseille.
Quite honestly either one of those would be good – with the biggest risk being Batshuayi who is untested in the Premier League – but could be Graham Carr’s choice next month.
Wonder who Steve McClaren would want?
There are also some left backs we have been linked with – one of them is 23 year-old Jamaican International Kemar Lawrence who plays for the NY Red Bulls and had a great Gold Cup last summer.
Newcastle still haven’t replaced Yohan Cabaye in central midfield and in retrospect he would have been a great re-signing for us in the summer as he’s playing as well as ever for his old boss Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
It could be difficult to get the players in during January – but we are expecting Newcastle to make every effort starting now – to fortify the side next month – so we have a decent chance of being a Premier League club next season.
Who would you want to sign in January?