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.
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?
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