Last January was probably a study in what not to do in a transfer window – as Newcastle let their manager Alan Pardew leave (for £4M) without having any idea who would replace him and while the squad had struggled in the first half of the season, we didn’t bother to bring in any new players.
We missed out on 18 year-old Dele Alli from MK Dons by hesitating until Tottenham came in and bought him -at the end of January and he’s turned out to be a mini-sensation at Tottenham and is now a full England International.
He’s the box to box central midfielder we haven’t had since Yohan Cabaye left the club almost two years ago and the lad is still only 19.
Cheick Tiote in action this season
And then just for good measure on the last day of the transfer window we allowed Davide Santon to leave on loan to Inter-Milan and he signed permanently for them in the summer and now one of our weaknesses is at left back.
So Lee Charnley couldn’t have done much worse and at least from the outside it looked like total incompetence.
We nearly paid for it when we lost 8 games in a row towards the end of the season under the hapless John Carver and only just survived relegation on the last day of the transfer window.
John Carver and Steve Stone were duly sacked in early June.
What a terrible way to run a football club.
It looked like we may have learned from those mistakes when Mike Ashley allowed over £52M to be spent in the summer, but we had another terrible start to the season under new manager Steve McClaren with just 3 points from the first 8 games, although things seem to be steadying up a little bit with 13 points from the last eight league games and two fabulous wins and performances against Liverpool and Spurs.
In this January transfer window we have to do almost the opposite of what we did last January and bring some players in, but also keep our more experienced players and not fall into the trap of trying to make money while putting the club at risk of relegation.
And news today in the Chronicle that Newcastle central midfielder Cheick Tiote is wanted by Galatasaray, but we should be turning down any bids for Cheick or even Papiss Cisse for that matter.
We need some experience in the side with so many young and untried players coming into the side this season.
If necessary these players can be sold in the summer – but not half way through the season.
Cheick was coming into a bit of form when he picked up a groin injury in the 3-0 loss to Leicester but he should now be back in training.
Newcastle should keep Tiote and Cisse in January but other players like Sylvain Marveaux, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and maybe Mike Williamson can leave the club – but only if we bring in a top center-back.
Once Newcastle switch from trying to make money to trying to build up a (very) good squad that can challenge for the top six – the better off we will be.
What do you think?