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Newcastle Cannot Make Same Mistakes As Last January

8:27 am, Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.


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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?

Comments welcome.

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

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    I wouldn’t mind selling Cisse and Tiote either to be honest, as long as we replaced them with similar or better, neither have had any huge impact in the team.

    We need players who will come in and change things for the better.

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Ed I thought Carver and Stone were offered posts at the club but decided not to take them ?

    With our club you can never really know the truth because they dont tell you everything !!

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    If Galatasary bid for Tiote I’d let him go. I like him, but injuries have become a problem, not long left on his contract and not really earned an extension. We should look to replace him with a more complete midfielder.

    Shelvey has been mentioned a lot, I’d say he probably doesn’t represent the value the club are after. Tielemans would be incredible, but young and inexperienced, so not what we need this window. I’d like Xhaka, but again he could be out of the price range and will likely have bigger and better offers if he is to leave.

    Options of who would join us and who is right for us are likely to be limited this window (which is why a centre mid should have been procured in the summer). Not that that will matter, if a suitable offer comes in he will be offski. Possibly bringing Bigi back in to cover, or promoting the youth. Liam Smith seems to be knocking on the door. The club may feel we can get by with Anita and Colback with Bigi and kids as cover, plus Sissoko, Gini and SDJ to potentially move central.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Yeah, Carver and Stone were both offered there old jobs back and turned them down. That came direct from Carver I think.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I’d love us to go after Jesus Marimon – not for now, mind, he is only 17. Destined to be a top player and a dominant midfielder. Get Tino to use his Colombian links to persuade him to join us. Sign him, leave him where he is for another year till he is 18 and has another year of first team under his belt. Happy days. Anyway, not a chance, so that was a bit of time wasted that I will never get back!

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    firebug…selling both Cisse and Tiote and bringing in better players with experience is needed. It’s a requirement actually!

    Colo needs upgrading as well. But if we want the best from the likes of Mbembe and Lascelles he need to be a leader and have vast experience.

    Well just my opinion anyway

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Lilongwe…so Carver would rather run a spa? 😉

    It seems to me McClaren has brought in his own team which suggests to me it was going to be tabula resa!

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    I can see them screwing up this transfer window again!

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    McClaren didn’t have a choice but to bring in a new team after Carver and Stone turned down the offer of taking up their former roles. The goalkeeping coach wouldn’t have changed had Woodman not left, whether Billows would have been replaced by Schoenmaker had Moyes

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    *had Moyes not taken him to Sociedad is also a big question mark.

  • 11 Bambams // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Let Tiote go for me.
    He is a liability at times and he is not the future

  • 12 lesh // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    But Ashley may know how to run a profitable retail sports goods business but between him and Charnley they don’t have a clue about what a football club’s for let alone run one successfully!

  • 13 catchy in norway // Dec 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    I’d get rid of both these players.

  • 14 remember69 // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    To be fair to the club reports at that time indicated that Alli preferred to stay in London.
    Was the issue that the club delayed, that they did not do enough to tempt him, or just the fact that the lad did not want to come?
    I think there is lots that goes on behind the scenes that we fans are not party to.

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