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Four Positions Newcastle Must Strengthen In January

3:10 pm, Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

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?

Comments welcome.

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

68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    The first priority is a new tea-lady

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    After Ashley Out! That is.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Ashley and his brown nose brigade Out!
    If he doesn’t get OUT! he needs to spend on a quality LB, CB and an upgrade on Tiote or Colback, a decent winger wouldn’t go amiss either

  • 4 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    might need a striker if cisse leaves

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I’m hoping Cisse stays, we need a proven PL striker, we’ve got one here, Collo jas no sell on value and has been awarded a new deal, why can’t Cisse, does he want to stay though. Hope they don’t try to unveil Rivererierie as a new signing if Cisse leaves.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    How many players contracts run out in June ?

  • 7 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    he played well the other day, ive seen from him in along while….but after sitting out most of last season and this,i think he may want to head off for one more deal and regular 1st team football….if he keeps playing like that then all be happy if he decides to stay….gives us more money this window for other positions in the team

  • 8 sweendog // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Hopefully these 4
    Michy Batshuayi Marseille
    Matt Phillips QPR
    Top DM – Granit Xhaka
    There a top spine there ..
    As last weekend shows we need spirited fighters as well as players, that’s why townsend isn’t on the list, although he is a good player, just questionable attitude.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    a canny few go on

  • 10 Mag52 // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Unless Mitro is out for reasons other than football, I don’t see why Macca doesn’t try Mitro and Cisse up front together.
    We know Mitro is good at holding up the ball, running at the defence and shooting from outside the box and Cisse the predator can pounce on the scraps in the box.
    Mitro is also so useful for heading out of defence at corners and set pieces.
    As our third CF, it’s got to be Arma.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:10 PM……even!lol

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    We are trying to break in both Mitro and Perez so maybe this time we need someone up front who is accustomed to the PL?

    The team is very unbalanced in many ways…we need some experience to help the younger inexperienced players.

  • 13 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    mag 52
    i think if hes wanting to keep tryin SDJ that would mean dropping one his 2 cm which always likes to play….and since gini and sissoko seem undroppable….would be interesting to see how they played like

  • 14 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    made a balls up of that last comment but you get what i mean!lol

  • 15 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM

  • 16 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    ffs dropping clangers al over the friggin place!!lol

  • 17 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    there some interesting names who’s contracts are up 2016 and 2017

  • 18 barkel // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    If we could play a bit of fantasy football I’d be signing GK, CB, LB, LW, RW.

  • 19 santoon // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    we have a good striker in mitrovic but just no chances are created for him

  • 20 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    if things dont work out for thauvin and we need a left sided player….maybe brady of norwich worth a shout…..grafts sees a pass and chips in with a few goals

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    What’s the link for ?

  • 22 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    players contracts mate

  • 23 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    you were asking about players contracts ending in june….canny site…..use the the link at @15….made a balls up of the other

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Could you post the direct link to the contracts bit, I’m not the best with those sites

  • 25 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    So Monk’s gone:

  • 26 barkel // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM


    Brady isn’t a bad shout, I did have a disagreement with someone on here about him maybe during pre-season but I’ll hold my hands up and say I’ve been proved wrong. He’s having a very good season and played some very good football for Ireland in his last couple of starts

  • 27 AncientC // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    I would blame Gomis more than Monk for Swansea’s bad form. Gomis started out well, but he is a complete pudding these days. They should have got Monk some firepower in January – it come be the end of era for Swansea if a new guy comes in and changes the playing style.

  • 28 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    try this link im not exactly savvy with p.c links and my self but al give it ago…

  • 29 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

  • 30 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    been impressed with him this season and he did good last season against us if memory serves me right… he’s not flash but does a good job

  • 31 bladeuser // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    As u know I for one on here do not beat around the bush
    Cisse is washed up too slow and a waste of a striking position he will never get the goals to take us forward sell him asap and get some return on him
    SHEEP Out

  • 32 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Better link – contract expiry date right hand column

    Acknowledgement to Biffapotomus and Niall

  • 33 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    blade user
    now would be the best time to sell him if the club want rid as his contract is up in 2017 and at 30years old now there’ll be no value when his contract up

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Ron…do you think that means either Mourinho or McClaren are next?

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    That’s a bit worrying with the CB situation, I bet STaylor is offered an extension on sh!te money which he’ll be a fool not to take as he’ll struggle to find another club.

  • 36 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM


    As well as being a naff poster.

    You clearly don’t know footy either.

    Cissé still has a lovely touch and seems to have dramatically upped his energy levels this season.

  • 37 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    how many players in during the january window then?…not what you want but actually think club will sign..i think 3 if no one leaves

  • 38 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    thats what i was thinking when i seen it…..need to get mbabu and aarons contracts sorted if they are keeping them

  • 39 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    i think taylor has half accepted he’s a back up and is willing to be without complaints tbh….he cant be relied on for a season and he knows it

  • 40 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    If we got rid of Taylor , Marveux , Obertan , Williamson and Vuckic and even replaced them with Championship level players who could play every week it would still be an improvement on our squad !!

    Too many players getting wages for doing nothing which must sicken Ashley !

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    He can’t even be relied on as back up anymore, it would not be logical in anyway, shape or form to offer him a new de improved deal, so guess what, they will offer him a new de improved deal.

  • 42 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    imo cisse had’nt looked interested until the liverpool game,his touch and sharpness looked poor but looked a different player against liverpool stronger,more energetic and willing to graft…which was good to see hope he plays like that the rest of the season,a bit of competition up front will only benefit the club

  • 43 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:44 PM


    It was rumoured that NUFC wanted rid of Percy last year, but weren’t prepared to pay the compensation if they sacked him. Perhaps it’s the same with McClaren: they hope he’ll do the ‘right thing’ and resign.

    Of course, after Sunday’s improved performance they could be as confused as the rest of us!

  • 44 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    ya ryt!..coz he doe’snt piss and moan they will offer him one or 2 year extension!lol

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Ron…I am sure Charnley is torn…should he do something or keep doing nothing and hope it all will just go away 😀 lol

  • 46 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    if he loses the next 3 games they myt not wait for him to resign…..very important games from now till january for a lot of reasons,points,confidence,management,transfers…all important

  • 47 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:52 PM


    I think it’s called ‘the elephant in the room’.

  • 48 bettyswallocks // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Jesperfuglslang…….. I noticed on a previous thread that you were asking whether we play Saturday or Sunday this week.
    We play on Sunday , kick off 4.00pm. May I ask if you are planning to watch this week?

  • 49 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:56 PM


    I think Charmless’ mantra is ‘wait and see’ – with the emphasis on wait! He might accept a spirited defeat at Spurs, but if Villa wallop us at home …

  • 50 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Got to wonder at Mourinho’s eye for a player .
    Diego Costa ——–£32 million
    Romelu Lukaku —-£28 million

    Which one would you have ?

  • 51 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Mike Ashley won’t tolerate freeloaders in the squad, so Saylor will be gone, 40-50k pw and only available for fifteen games a season if lucky, he’ll be shifted on. His only saving grace could be the home-grown players rule, which I’m not sure where we’re at with currently,.

  • 52 bladeuser // Dec 9, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    As well as being just naff your footballing knowledge is well naff anybody who thinks cisse has a nice touch hasn’t ever seen an elephant with a ball and what r u on about upped his energy levels when he moves I have to check I haven’t pressed the slow motion button
    SHEEP Out
    JIB naff out

  • 53 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Jib is correct, Cisse does seem a litle revitalized since been made the man again, definitely running around with more intensity and challenging better, even his control and build-up has been good if his touches are kept to a minimum.

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Betty…Ron already told me, but thanks 🙂

    …it’s not a priority. I ended up having the game against Liverpool as background noise while the young one and I where fixing his room.

  • 55 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    that seems to be charnleys stance…trust macca and hope it gets better…but like you say if villa t**t us..that puts charnley in awkward position with everton home then wba and arsenal away

  • 56 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Ben Davies, Matip, Lewis Cook and Narsingh would do me for Jan.

    With Gouffran, Williamson and Vuckic leaving.

  • 57 Dennis Twice // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Attack Toon, attack, attack!

  • 58 bettyswallocks // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Jib…….. On a similar thread, I wouldn’t swap Gini for Depay regardless of the difference in cost. Some of these valuations are way off the mark. Gini is a better player end of!

  • 59 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    I see the US in the form of the FBI has talked to Switzerland about extraditing greedy Sepp!!

    It won’t happen like , he’s too old.

    I remember thinking when he mocked the Yanks as being bad losers for their 2022 bid – “ffs Blatter keep your gob shut”

    You upset Americans at your peril.

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Mike Ashley won’t tolerate free loaders in the squad, I’ve heard some guff on here in the past and present but surely that takes the bisquit Gosling, Marveuax, Xisco, Riverererieie, Marveaux, Obertoron, Curtis Good the list is endless

  • 61 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    upto now betty that looks like a good shout,what was depay…30-35m or something….the money for players is ridiculous

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    I’ve always known FIFA was openly corrupt but anyone who missed that Panorama doco on BBC1 on Monday night should check it out on i player.

  • 63 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Quite right
    Not just the footy attributes
    Gini seems a stronger character

  • 64 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:34 PM


    Another lesson you can learn today – in order to sell, you need a buyer. Thought you’d have that one down by now,… I’m fairly sure they’d all be gone/ would’ve been gone much sooner if they could have been, with the exception of Obertan who is an asset when fit, although that’s becoming more of a rare occurrence these past 12 months.

  • 65 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    with mourinho and van gaal making hard work of all that money at there disposal…i wonder if they are getting a bit twitchy with ancelotti loitering around doing interviews about wanting to be in the premier league?lol…..still weird seeing chelsea in the shite like….but amusing!!!lol

  • 66 will die for the toon army // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    In Reality:
    Jamaican LB, MATIP, French CM, Lassoga.

    Dream Land:

    Willems, Shawcross, Shelvey, Lazaccate.

    Sissoko…….De Jong…….Wijnaldum

  • 67 OneAlanShearer // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    I find it interesting nobody mentions a new goal keeper. For me we needed one to compete with Krul before he got injured. Elliot has put in a few good performances but equally as many terrible ones. A gk is a must with a lot of confidence and vocal.

    CB I haven’t seen much of Matip but read mixed reviews.

    DM – I think shelvey or better is required. Anita has had 2 good games since he joined and needs to be 4th choice. We need someone who can find a great pass regularly and breakup play without been steam rollered. My ideal is Ever Banega. I’d go for shelvey and huddlestone instead of anita and tiote all day.

    A winger with pace – we lack pace and need someone to offer crosses.

    A quality experienced striker with pace and power.

    Cover at full back ideally a defensive left back.

    If we get 3 of the quality of Wijnaldum,Mbemba and mitrovic I’d be happy but we must have a vocal leader.

    I hope to be pleasantly surprised as our defensive and attacking records are terrible. Both are directly affected by a poor central midfield

  • 68 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    I hope defensive midfield doesn’t get overlooked. Someone like Xhaka or Carrick. Add Matip or Dunk at the back and we’d be a completely different team.

    As for left back Dummets always been playing out his skin just to be average. Pardew was getting the best out of him as he always does with the Perchs of the world. I think Mbabu deserves a chance or should at least be loaned out.

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