Newcastle Could Err Again In January Window


It should be another big transfer window for Newcastle in January as the club tries to strengthen various areas of  the team that were not sufficiently strengthened last summer or last January for that matter.

In fact some areas like left-back were weakened last January.

And one area of the team that has been weak for over three years now is defense and we wonder if enough will be done next month to strengthen the defense.

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Joel Matip – available at a cut price fee in January

The facts speak for themselves and in the last three seasons we have conceded 190 goals – an average of over 63 goals a season.

This season we have conceded 30 goals in our first 15 games – and if we continue that average of two goals conceded a game – Newcastle will let in 76 goals this season.

So the defense is a definite weakness.

We’d like to see a center-back and a left back brought in next month but we wonder if that will happen.

Steve McClaren has persevered with Fabricio Coloccini this season and when Steve gave the Argentine a one year extension to his contract in the summer and kept him as the captain of the team – we didn’t bother to bring in a top center-back, because Coloccini as the captain would be starting each game.

We also had brought in Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht, so need for another center-back – or so the thinking went.

If we did bring in a top center-back like Joel Matip would McClaren drop Coloccini?

Maybe the only way it could work if Coloccini stays in the team is to have Mbemba play at left back?

There’s a decent chance that Newcastle will again elect not to bring in another canter-back in January and persevere with Coloccini and Mbemba in central defense, with young Jamaal Lascelles and possibly Mike Williamson as back-up for the rest of the season.

It’s not what we want to see but it would be consistent with a careful and uninspired Newcastle Board of Directors – who choose the players under the obvious lead of Chief Scout Graham Carr.

It would be a (big) mistake if this happens – but Newcastle have made a ton of mistakes over the last couple of years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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133 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    will jib use google to fill out his form
    i wonder

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #2

    It only looks bonkers from the outside looking in, nothing at all wrong with the good ship NUFC according to those that are trying to run it from within.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I just knew 100% that Jibberish would pull me up on the spelling of yaki da like he’s some kind of authority on the subject of the Welsh language

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  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #4

    McClaren wouldn’t have been daft enough to extend Colo’s contract. That decision would’ve been made by Ashley and Charnley – a fait accompli no doubt!

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    “Steve gave the Argentine a one year extension to his contract …”

    Not sure about that!

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #6

    and jespers tongue
    is welsh another of jibs alter egos

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #7

    fancy wanting a cherries win
    fcukin makem

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Squelch,
    From previous, because he told me so !

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    evening all
    off topic but does anyon know if the boxing is kodi tonight…or if theres any links?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    This is the start of the new recruitment cycle for Sports Direct United

    Matip , Carillo and that Senegal defender who used to play with Sissoko all out of contract so available for knock down fees in January we have been linked quite a few times with all of them

    Carr and his team do a pretty good job at finding out clauses and contract lengths so if we got all of them for under 12 million it would provide us with squad depth

    Matip is probably better as a defensive midfielder than a centre back

    Carillo could replace Obertan who is out of contract

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone#

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #12

    the crack in the closet is getting immense eh jib

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #13

    LCBP,
    Just a shame that they’ll happily see us take two steps back and jeopardise our safety to save a couple of million.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    of course its always on kodi try pheonix

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #15

    lcbp
    milan are apparently after matip

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #16

    SPRINGY,
    Not sure, the rig are putting it on tonight.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #17

    cheers john, al have a look

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #18

    which fight

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #19

    or google jib will know he is a bloodhound

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #20

    jones maccrinelli on now

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Who the hell is jones maccrinelli JT

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    If you read my comments last night then you would know what to do with yours.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #24

    And it’s Welsh not Squelch, can’t you spell.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    You asked me a question, I answered it, you called me a muppet out of the blue squelsh I responded !

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #26

    rather be a muppet than a turd

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #27

    You are a muppet for saying Squelch.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #28

    quick hoist your ghost ip up

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #29

    John speak English.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Bournemouth are going to win this, Man Utd are pants tonight.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #31

    is this jib or welsh
    http://www.iptrackeronline.com/

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Bet Man Utd will score after me saying that.

    Ha ha ha

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #33

    cant get them on,fancied watching the eubank jr v sullivan fight then joshua but cant find it….ah well….looking forward to the match the morra people?…same side i think

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 12, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #34

    cb is a must area to strengthen imo 1 if not 2.

    and ye even though i’m happy with hairdryer i think he is our only decent lb tbh with dummett more of a cb understudy rather than a lb.
    my other area and i’m not slating thauvin as i still think he will come good and i have faith in rolando but imo he’s not ready to be 100% starter yet is a left winger so we can push wijnaldim and sissoko inside where they should be.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #35

    they’ve got to bring in another cb….mbemba left back??….cb or dm only for him(the 2 positions he plays for club and country)…,newcastles had enough square pegs in round holes over the years,short term answer for a long term problem,get good players for there actual positions,if we need a left back ..buy one!.. or bring one thru the from the under 21,

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #36

    the men at the top are clueless on player to bring as well as being as tight as fcuk

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 12, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #37

    croftus
    i think hairdryer is a canny enough player he just cant get a run of games together to actually show if he’s going to be good enough long term….his injuries is a big problem

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 12, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #38

    John

    Why are you using IP tracker.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 12, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #39

    JT…could you write that post #6 in plain English?

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 12, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #40

    to those wanting a bournemouth win all ill say is well done for showing your true colours and this may well prove to be a nail in our coffin

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