With Steve McClaren still apparently wanting to keep faith in Fabricio Coloccini in the Newcastle defense as the captain, it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Newcastle again don’t bother to bring in a player who could replace the Argentine International in the team for the rest of the season.
And with the news in the Chronicle today that their information is Newcastle are not interested in bringing Schalke’s Joel Matip to the club next month – that is some evidence that would support that theory.
Our question would be why are we not interested in Matip since he becomes a free agent at the end of June and could be brought in for a reasonable fee next month or as a free agent in the summer.
Maybe Newcastle are simply admitting that with Liverpool said to be after him – we now have no chance.
Joel Matip – no interest from Newcastle
The other thing is that Jamaal Lascelles is back in training this week and Steve Taylor is two weeks way from returning to training after he has been out since the end of August with a hamstring injury.
And if Mike Williamson is kept on Tyneside for the rest of the season – we would at least have a number of decent center-backs available.
Newcastle may do what we often seem to do in January – like we did last January – we try to just get by though the rest of the season and minimize the number of players coming into the club next month to strengthen the squad.
That could be a dangerous move next month given where we are in the Premier League 2 points out of the relegation zone.
We do expect money to be spent next month – but we wouldn’t put anything past Newcastle these days – given the incompetent way the club has been run over the last few years.
But if the club doesn’t bring in a center-back next month it hardly a shows the new ambition that we thought Mike Ashley had talked about last May – before the last game of the season when we could well have been relegated.
That was mainly because of the poor coaching of John Carver who should never have been left in the job after losing eight Premier League games on the trot at the end of last season.
We’d like to see an improvement in the way the club is being run, but we just don’t think those in leadership positions at Newcastle – like Lee Charnley as one example – have the skills, experience or football knowledge to make Newcastle into a good side again.