Four Positions Newcastle Must Strengthen In January


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.

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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.


68 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    The first priority is a new tea-lady

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    After Ashley Out! That is.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #3

    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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    might need a striker if cisse leaves

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #5

    SPRINGY,
    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    How many players contracts run out in June ?

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    jail
    he played well the other day,..best 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

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  • sweendog

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully these 4
    Michy Batshuayi Marseille
    Matt Phillips QPR
    Matip
    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #9

    a canny few go on transfermarkt.co.uk

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  • Mag52

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15
  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    ffs dropping clangers al over the friggin place!!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • barkel

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

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

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  • santoon

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #20

    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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #21

    SPRINGY,
    What’s the link for ?

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #22

    players contracts mate

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #24

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

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #25
  • barkel

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Springy

    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

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  • AncientC

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30

    barkel
    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

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  • bladeuser

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #31

    JAILFORASHLEY
    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
    ASH OUT
    SMAC OUT
    COLO OUT
    SHEEP Out

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Better link – contract expiry date right hand column

    http://www.nufc.com/2015-16html/squad.html

    Acknowledgement to Biffapotomus and Niall

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #33

    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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #34

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    SPRINGY,
    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.

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  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Bladeuser

    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.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #37

    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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    jail
    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

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #40

    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 !

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